I work in 10 different grocery stores as a merchandiser. I spend about 4 hours in each store each week. Unfortunately most of the stores have a handy dandy Starbucks built right in. This morning while I was working I swear every single person who passed by me was carrying the classic starbucks cup: white with green writing and cardboard brown sleeve wrapped around the middle. I started to get jealous. I'm thinking to myself, "why do they all get to have starbucks? Why can't I be like all of them? Can any of them actually afford that delicious beverage they're consuming?" After seeing probably the 20th cup pass on by I'd all but resigned to working about 10 more minutes and then taking a Starbucks coffee break (absolutely NOT in today's budget). Then all of the sudden this tremendous burst of will power surges within and I say to myself with dire conviction, "I DO NOT WANT STARBUCKS!!! I WANT TO PAY OFF THE CHASE CARD!" It worked. The budget for this week is balanced.
Thank-You Melanie. I loved your comment and I'm definitely going to apply a lot of what you said. Especially the part about analyzing why I want so badly to go out to eat all of the time.