the Large Family Fruit & Vegetable box from Charlie’s is on sale this month. I am about to order our 4th box. Yes, 4th box of the month.
This financial windfall has coincided with rethinking my approach to food, and Stephen being dragged along. I’ll detail our current situation, but coming posts will consider other people’s situations.
These topics are fairly neutral to me.
But for many of my friends and probably for some of my readers they are rife with strife. (Yes, I did enjoy that rhyme).
Some struggle with eating disorders, some with comfort eating, some adjusting to financial strain, some managing restricted diets, some are at odds with their family or housemates’ views.
If these things trigger, please seek support. Call a friend, call Lifeline.
Eating disorders are one of the scariest mental health topics– your brain can not function or improve when your body is not receiving nutrients.
The major change is planned meals at home.
Our reasons are:
Money is important. It’s coloured with eons of emotions and motivations. What can help you navigate the minefield?
1. YNAB (You Need A Budget)
Free for students, encourages you to be a month ahead for bills.
Budgeting is about setting priorities.
Without a planned budget: your priorities are impulse spending or stuck in an account where it does nothing.
2. Barefoot Investor
Part of money management now is thinking about money management in the future.
Scott is an Aussie, writing in a relaxed, relatable and explanatory manner.
3. More Money + More Happy
Earning less or being a responsible saver does not mean you have to be miserly or sadly limited.
Figure out what helps you ‘feel’ rich. Sarah helps you notice what makes you happy and how to reorganise your finances in response to those ideals.
4. Plan your giving
If you are reading this, you are probably in the richest 5% of the world.
You have a responsibility to humanity to share some of those riches.
Be intentional and thoughtful and committed.
5. Talk about it
Changing your money management usually means managing emotional responses, retraining the way you think and perhaps some lifestyle changes. Talk about it – to your spouse, your housemate, your friends.
Get wisdom from other people, learn how they think differently about money, tell them what you want to change.
Two recent examples people raised with me:
– pay someone to clean your house; you are wasting so much emotional energy and stress
– enter a spending ban on alcohol; see how many events we could enjoy before we really, really need to restock the bar
How much food do you throw out?
How much do you overeat?
How much do you spend paying someone else to prepare it?
How much do you spend socialising?
I’m still thinking through my approach to food and the time/money we spend on it.