What Your Thanksgiving Meal Says About How You Spend Money
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Well, Thanksgiving is tomorrow and as John showed us on Monday, we are going to be eating some food. Americans will be eating nearly 19 million gallons of mashed potatoes and 450,000 pounds of green bean casserole. I’m guilty of probably eating 400,000 pounds of green bean casserole myself. Trust me, I love that stuff and it’s a battle at the table when my brother is there. I take no prisoners when it comes to green bean casserole. OK, let me wipe my mouth and move on.
This holiday got me thinking a little bit about the correlation between eating food and spending money. Not in regards to spending money on eating out, but more about the control we exhibit when we eat meals such as those during Thanksgiving. When that table is full of delicious food, we might be a little out of control. We have temptations surrounding our plates and we have to choose how we want to fill our plate’s real estate.
Some of us go overboard and fill the plate sky high. It’s like we hadn’t eaten a meal in the past month. Others take the portions they know they will eat and enjoy that. We face motivations that might test our self-control. We might tell ourselves it’s only one day and we’ll be better tomorrow. Our eyes might be bigger than our stomachs. No matter the reason, many of us overindulge on Thanksgiving. Just look at the infographic John put up again. It’s outstanding.
How Does this Relate to Money?
I remember sitting down a few years ago when I was deep in debt and looking at a giant table full of food. I’m lucky to be in that situation, so I’m not complaining. As I filled my plate with everything I could, I realized my control was similar to how I handled my money. When the temptation was strong, I would let myself go. No matter if it was food or a sweet sale. My spending and my eating habits mirrored each other.
Since I don’t eat like a king every day, Thanksgiving gives me a different perspective toward my money. I also don’t face the temptation to overspend every day. When I used to encounter the temptation to spend, I would overspend. I would buy things I didn’t need only because they were on sale. I had no self-control. All a store had to do was put something I wanted near me and I was swiping my credit card until the cows came home.
I couldn’t believe how close my behavior was between my spending habits and my eating. Anytime a temptation was there, I gave in. I was ruining my finances and my health. Luckily for me, I have since moved on from these issues.
While I still love to indulge in green bean casserole, I don’t do the same with my money. I still see temptations, but I use the “sleep on it” technique where I see the temptation, go home, and sleep on it. If I still want or need it the next day, then I will go deeper into the thought process to make sure I really can afford to spend the money.
Temptations Do Affect Your Eating and Spending Habits
When you’re out scouring through Black Friday deals and fighting crowds, think about how you are spending your money. Did you overindulge the night before and are you doing the same with your money? Do you see a correlation between your eating habits and your spending habits? Does temptation cause you to lose self-control?
I was amazed at when I noticed how I handled temptation on both fronts. I confronted them in the same manner and that caused me to have a bigger belt and a smaller wallet. I have learned my lesson in handling temptation, but the holidays are a trying time. You have to know what’s going on in your head before you can control anything else. Don’t let this holiday season slip by leaving you fuller with a lot less money. It’s not a good way to start the new year.
Have you ever noticed a connection with overeating and overspending? Does Thanksgiving create the ultimate test between you and temptation? What do you like to pile your plate high with on Thanksgiving?