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November 20th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

People, I have a confession to make.

I have a bad, bad habit.

I have an Americano-and-pastry habit. Costwise, I figure it's close to a pack of cigarettes a day. (No, I don't smoke. I just glanced at the price of a pack of cigarettes in a store one day.)

But I'm now at a cross roads.
Do I:
* Keep my bad habit and get a job to support it
* Give up my bad habit (some or all) to support new goals of an emergency fund and a budget that works

I'm going to work at getting rid of my bad habit and replacing it with something else. No, I'm not planning to replace it with another bad habit. (Yes, that was my first thought too.) I'm planning to replace it with another habit that fills the get-out-of-the-house-and-see-people-in-a-friendly-casual-way need.

I've added this as a goal to my sidebar, although technically it's not a goal yet - doesn't have an deadline and is not measurable.

4 Responses to “NSD's”

  1. toyguy1963 Says:

    Doesn't sound like too horrible of a habit to me. If its a daily habit couldn't you just cut down to like 3 days a week or something like that. I don't think you have to stop completely.

  2. baselle Says:

    If you need the coffee and pastry, keep it, or figure out a hedonic substitution - drip coffee/yesterday pastry (a thought).

    If you need to get out of the house and use coffee and pastry to do so, coffee and cookie at home and exercise in the park.

    Try it once and see if you can tolerate it. What really sinks people is thinking that they can never have it ever again.

    Oh yes, if you forgo it completely, try paying yourself the coffee and pastry bill. Even throw in a tip.

  3. Petunia Says:

    toyguy - it wasn't too bad of a habit - when I was working outside the home. I will try cutting back, at least to start.
    baselle - it's getting out of the house, but it's really about the (positive) people contact. I do manage the occasional day off.

  4. toyguy1963 Says:

    Good going on cutting back and don't be too hard on yourself.

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