This week I was under budget by almost $25!! Woohoo!! I’m really happy about this.
I think the main reason I spent less is because I did less impulse buying this week. I can see that really makes a difference. Those $2.50 chocolate bars, $1.50 sodas, etc can really add up quickly. The amounts seem so little at first, but then all of a sudden I’ve spent, say $8 or $10 on junk food in just one day.
Another reason I’m happy is that having a lower food bill is good news for my eating disorder. Why is that? Because it means I wasn’t bingeing as much this week. When I binge I always impulse buy and mostly everything I eat is processed, which makes my food bills are higher.
When I buy healthy foods such as brown rice, beans, veggies etc. not only are they cheaper but they go much further, and I don’t binge on them. I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever binged on apples, beans or broccoli. It’s a win-win all around: I feel healthier, my behavior around food is better, and I spend less. Sounds pretty great to me.
Of course I still think treats are important. I love cookies, cake, pizza, ice cream and all other delicious foods. However part of what I’m trying to learn is to have a treat really be a treat, not just to ease my anxiety or as part of a binge. I’m still trying to figure out what will work for me, and it’s admittedly tricky because of my eating disorder but hopefully I’ll figure it out.
Spending for the week:
- 10/15: $9.90
- 10/16: $13.10
- 10/17: $12.51
- 10/18: $9.00
- 10/19: $8.25
- 10/20: $11.94
- 10/21: 12.22