It’s probably pretty obvious that I spend a lot of time thinking about losing weight and saving money. Sometimes one or the other, mostly both. One thing I’ve noticed lately is that I totally think of myself as the exception to the rules.
With dieting a lot the time these are viable exceptions. If you look up top weight loss tips, you get a lot of stuff that I already do. Never get too hungry? No problem there! Give up soda and sugary juices? I only drink water, tea, and coffee in my daily life, black. Don’t skip breakfast? I wouldn’t dream it. These are the kind of things that I have been working at for so long that they are second nature. I diet. I have dieted for nearly 16 years, over half of my life.
Then there are the money saving tips. See, I lead a strange life. I work strange hours. I have strange needs (beer). If I read an article on saving money and coupon clipping is hyped hardcore (“We couponed like mad couponing machines!”), there is a pretty big chance that I will scrap any ideas from the article all together. I hate couponing and for the most part that’s because I am forgetful and I never learned how to make coupons wor for me. With the app I downloaded a few weeks ago it is way easier. Plus, I’ve been writing a list, going through it with my coupons, and putting applicable ones right in my wallet with my money.
It’s not just coupons, though. Another tip that I hate is to buy in bulk. I know that I can save a lot of money by doing so and sometimes I do. Like, I send my in-laws to buy bulk pickles because the giant jar costs the exact same as the regular jars and I can fit it in my fridge. We also have a bulk jar of jalapenos because they won’t go bad and I can keep them in the fridge. When it comes to most other things, though, I just don’t have space. I cannot buy more than six rolls of toilet paper or two rolls of paper towel because there is nowhere to store them so I definitely don’t have room for 50 lbs of beans, or whatever.
I think what I am getting at is that the thing about rules is that I consider them to be guidelines. I try to point myself in a direction that is good for me.
P.S. Expect a Real Food post soon. I know I haven’t updated this month’s challenge.