Floor 27: Acknowledge Abject Failure. Move On.

As some of you may remember, I made a big push to reduce our grocery bill in November.

How did it go?

Abject failure, I would say.

I should have known from the get-go.  Some people are great at setting huge goals for themselves, taking them on, and then completing them.  I am . . . not.  I get going, guns-ablazing for a couple days, and then I give up.  Sometimes I even regress, putting myself in a worse position than I was before.

That is exactly what happened this time.  Mr. DebtFreeJD and I hadn’t eaten out alone in months. But the instant I announced we would stop eating out except with friends, I felt the overwhelming urge to go to a romantic dinner for just the two of us.   The same with buying lunch on workdays.  I had been great about bringing my lunch to work.  But as soon as I tried to embark on ultra-frugal meal planning, I lost all interest in what we had to eat in the house, and started buying pizza and sandwiches.

I should have learned my lesson by now.  Small steps just work better for me.

So, where do I go from here?  I’d still like to cut down the amount we’re spending on food.  But clearly it’s not going to happen in one big push.

In the spirit of small, but achievable goals, here’s mine for the month:

I’ll cut out buying soda during the weekdays for the month of December. 

Sounds reasonable, right?  I think so too.  Boy, how I admire those folks with iron-self control who can turn their life around on a dime.  I’m not one of them.  It’s time to acknowledge it and live accordingly.

4 thoughts on “Floor 27: Acknowledge Abject Failure. Move On.

  1. Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom

    I think you’ve still picked a challenge there! We haven’t had pop in the house for about a week, but I know I won’t be able to keep it up, I always fall off the pop wagon!

    This post did just remind me to do my meal plan for the month and go grocery shopping tomorrow. We’ve been running out of just about anything, so I know I’m past due!

  2. May

    It’s hard — and you may need to experiment a bit to find what works for you and to gain momentum. Everyone responds to different things – visual cues (like a chart or calendar), rewards, graduated goal setting. Maybe you could make a game of it? Or find a someone with same goals to provide each other with motivation?
    I could give up soda forever but if I someone told me to give up coffee, that would be a different story. Good luck with your next challenge.

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