There I was. It was Friday. It had been a good week for me. I’d resisted plenty of spending urges, and I’d just gotten paid (two paychecks, thanks to having multiple streams of income).
I decided to go to the grocery store to buy myself some food for the week. At the checkout register, I looked to my right and saw my favorite candy bar; The Snickers. The candy bar looked me square in the face, and it said, “Buy me.” I tried my best to ignore the candy bar. I was almost finished paying for my groceries when I looked back at The Snickers and told myself, “Just one candy bar couldn’t hurt.” So I grabbed it, and handed it to the cashier to add to my bill.
When I got home, I enjoyed that snickers bar. I enjoyed it so much that the very next day when I took another visit to the store for some spices, I decided to get another one. I have no self control. This soon amassed into an endless spree of me purchasing candy bars until I got to the point where I couldn’t stomach chocolate anymore.
So, did that one candy bar hurt me?
Very much so.
In total, I spent over $40 on candy bars over the next few days. Not only that, in the process I consumed thousands of empty calories, processed sugar, and high fructose corn syrup.
My point is, in the moment one bad spending decision may not seem like a big deal… But when that one bad choice turns into a spree of similar bad decisions for no good reason, (other than instant enjoyment that will quickly fade) then you have yourself a problem.
Imagine if I hadn’t caught myself? Imagine if I had bought a candy bar every time I went to the grocery store for 2 years. That one bad decision would’ve ended up costing me $1,000’s.
I’m not telling you not to buy candy bars. What I’m saying is you must notice when and why you’re about to purchase something you don’t need. That way you can justify the purchase in a logical way, to make sure you don’t form a bad spending habit.
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