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17 Jun 2014

Contentment Saves Money

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by Jesse Mecham

So let me just come out and say it…I love food. I love cooking and baking. I love great ingredients. I eat too much pasta and rice, and I eat for taste more than hunger. There. Now you know.

Contentment with food doesn’t come easy for me; I always want more.

I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately because I’m trying (as Erin is) to lower my grocery budget. And the thought occurred to me that when I’m actually eating food, I don’t consider it as money spent. Nor am I practicing contentment with the actual number of calories that I need in a day.

I’m learning for myself that being discontent with food (and many other things) actually costs real money and contentment saves money.

But contentment is a virtue that I have a hard time practicing (as I’m sure many of you can relate). We strive for more and more because we think it’ll make us happier than we were before when we had less.

…one more cookie.

…a larger wardrobe.

…nicer furniture.

…a kitchen remodel.

…a fancier car.

On a larger level, my husband recently blogged about the “what then” of achieved goals and how contentment is only achievable by being at peace when goals are achieved. His post leads you to ask, “Are your goals leading you to contentment and peace or just more dissatisfaction? Is there a continual need for more?”

On a smaller scale, back to my little food issue, when I go into the kitchen and scarf down some fresh-baked bread with melted butter and farmers market jam (when I’ve just eaten lunch and am not hungry) I’m not really practicing contentment with my food choices. And I’m wasting real money!

My new goal, therefore, is to only eat the number of calories that I need per day, and I’m hoping to find contentment and peace in my needs being met and not being anxious for more. I’ll be honest; that’s not an overnight journey, and I’m not really looking forward to it.

But contentment is a practice – one day at a time.

Are any of you finding that discontentment in some area is costing you? 

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Remember, budgeting is not restrictive. You won’t be spending less, you’ll be spending right. You can do this! Today. Right now. What do you have to lose? Except all that debt and stress. (Ok, so kind of a lot.)

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