On Monday I had a colonoscopy. And absolutely nothing was wrong – my colon is so normal it’s boring. So basically I am fine. Which is good, and I am very happy to be assured that nothing major is amiss.
On Sunday, to prepare for the colonoscopy, I wasn’t allowed to eat anything. I could drink clear fluids, but no solid food. And I made an interesting realization about my eating habits – I am often an absentminded eater. Meaning, when I’m making food for my kids or my spouse, I’ll often eat a bit here or there in the preparation, or I’ll be walking through the kitchen and just absentmindedly grab something from the counter and eat it. I didn’t, on Sunday, but I caught myself almost doing it more than a dozen times.
Which led me to think about the parallels for me with eating and spending. Once upon a time I was an absentminded spender just as much as I am now an absentminded eater. I didn’t spend piles of money, but I spent a little here and a little there and never really gave it a whole lot of thought. When I was at the store buying something, I’d add in a few other things without fully thinking them through. I’d pick up a few extra items here or there, or I would make a few extra stops while out and about, and not really fully consider the effect those multiple small purchases were having on my finances.
One of the biggest positive things I have done in the past year to improve my financial future is to stop making impulsive, not thought out decisions in regards to spending, and really keeping track of every penny I spend versus just the ones I planned for. Even if I make a spur of the moment purchase, I don’t do it absentmindedly and without thinking. I keep track of all my spending now, so I know what effect that purchase has on my finances and am making a conscious decision, not an absentminded one.
Do you make purchases without much thought? If you did in the past and don’t any longer, what helped you turn it around?