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    What can you cut back on? Any guilty pleasures?

    created by erinb0317 3402 days 14 hours 41 minutes ago

    Category: World

    What can you cut back on? Any guilty pleasures?

    Well, last night I was on my way home from work and decided after a very long day of running behind that I was too tired to cook and that I would pick up sushi. I gave the excuse that it would be in celebration of getting an 'A' in my Humanities class and completion of a draining Western Civ Paper. I was just too tired to cook and figured I had room to 'celebrate' so to speak.

    Last night I laid in bed for hours unable to go to sleep. I rolled back and forth, thought about the day, thought about my day tomorrow, my bills, my goals, my financial aid (which still hasn't gone through), my rent, my fitness goals- and that's where it all got worse. My elliptical is broken, in need of a new wheel but replacement parts only come in two packs and it costs $94, which I don't have. Why the hell did I spend $26 on sushi?

    I guess in this reflection I wonder what you're habits might inculde that you could cut back on? Do you have any guilty pleasures that you would make any excuse to justifiably spend money?

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    my dear erin...

    i wanted to send a heads up but the week in the states and canada was just as it was..fast furious..
    i have no internet at the moment so i am at an internet cafe and i was going to send cv's and cover letters when i realised there is no usb port..growl....
    so i hope my stick i bought today gets up and running very soon or i will do a lot of my work at cafes..playing copy and paste..

    i have worked on cutting back on guilty pleasures for quite a while..trying to make things work and be conservative..not that i am outlandish..
    sooooo
    the a was well deserved..the sushi....it gave you some pleasure right?
    then i would not feel too bad about it....it's life.

    we all do things like that..and its a nice pat on the back for a job well done. so there you go.

    da bear

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    Oh how I have guilty pleasures...let me count the ways...

    false eyelashes
    imported cheeses
    imported beer
    salsa dancing lessons


    However, I skimp on essentials, because my luxury items make me feel happier. I have learned that I have to pick and choose which luxury items make me feel the best! I only buy snacks when they are buy one get one free. I always make my coffee at home and bring my lunch to work. I stopped getting my nails done professionally over a year ago. I might go to the movie theater once a year and I rarely eat out (not even fast food!). I go to the farmer's market to buy my produce because it's so much cheaper.

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    my biggest problem is the eating out. Matt and I probably eat out about once a week and over the period of month probably spend some where in between $100-200 on eating out- mostly sushi or Indian, but it's still certaintly money we don't have.

    Maybe I would feel better about my little luxuries if I had something to show for it- you know instead of buying something I eat buying a pair of jeans- I would be able to continually use that kind of luxury...

    hm...

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    The use of my computer is such a giant guilty pleasure for me. I'm on the computer for maybe at least 6 hours a day. That's a lot of electricity used in a period of time. Why? Internet, of course!

    Hmm... I guess that's it. I'll probably develop a guilty pleasure for Chick-fil-a food, though.

    I pretty much only have guilty pleasures for using electricity in the house that my parents have to pay for...

    ♥ I love you. ♥
    -Huy Nguyen, owner of the screen name Fobo

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    My husband and I have learned to cut back on a lot of different things since we lost over half of our yearly income in January. We do not go out to eat but once a week (we used to eat out 5-6 nights a week), we cut out all of the movie channels on our cable, we sold one of our cars, etc.

    But there comes a time when you have to treat yourself to a little something extra so that you do not feel that your life is dull or boring and not worth it.

    So everyone, just hang in there, things will get better.

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    I love you too fobo. (weirdie)

    careerintheworks-
    holy crap that's a lot of cutbacks you guys have made. good for you guys! As I see it, the guilty pleasures in life should be used as rewards not as a commonplace daily activity. I need to work on it a little, but we'll all get there at some point.

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    Coffee... stopping at Dunkin Donuts daily definitely adds up. It may only be $3 or so at a time, but it compiles into a pretty big expense. I recently bought a big container of coffee and just make myself a cup every morning. It holds me over and saves me money.

    Going out to bars. My boyfriend and I usually go out a few times a weekend. But recently my money has escaped me and I am at a loss so we will have to cut back. It sucks because I work a lot and I'm really drained from my internship so going out with friends socially is a really great relaxer. Guess we'll have to find something cheaper. I love my Sam Adams though, and Strongbow. Hmph.

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    Well to be honest...I can cut back on sleeping....I really sleep more than I should....but I just really really love sleeping...its how i escape from the real world.

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    Erinb0317, I am glad you treated yourself to the sushi! I do the same things with the same rationalizations. At times, I just think, good lord, if I die tonight, at least I had this treat. On the flip side, I do like you and go back and hammer myself for not having spent that money elsewhere on something 'more important.' I guess as long as you are 'treating' yourself into debt and away from your goals, then treating yourself is necessary! Good for the spirit!

    I have gotten rid of many many guilty pleasures as a result of all that is going on. Although it sucks sometimes, other times it's actually a relief to know how lean I cut it.

    My guilty pleasures would be imported beer, pizza/burger delivery, sushi, books, art supplies, cat toys, ... , ...

    Hang in there!

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    I also do the same thing. I buy different foods and drinks that look appealing and tasty even though they would not help me any or do me any good.

    But I wouldn't feel too bad about that. If you think about it you did complete something that seems rather difficult. So don't feel too bad about it and know that everyone splurges on things that aren't essential to them. Thats just how we are!

    :]

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    Well my guilty pleasure(s) were soda and caffeine drinks. Since that's been eliminated... I would have to say my Flaming Hot Cheetos. I know sad huh? Flaming Hot Cheetos...

    I always get them when I head to the Convenience Store because they are just amazing... (I hated them as a kid. :P But now I love them.)

    Oh and the one that catches me which is very rare but that 4.50 dollar coffee from Starbucks on those morning to where I feel exhausted. I always stare at it and ask myself, "Why did you buy this Kent?"

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    1. Eating out
    2. buying too many jeans.


    but i dont buy a lot.
    i buy a new pair like every 6 months. but i still feel guilty. but its not my fault im getting bigger and they dont fit me.

    and the eating out. its a family thing.

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    I have cut out the luxuries for now but, this morning I was going to splurge for some doughnuts at Krispy Kreme for my clinical class, we have a small class at school. After all it is my birthday today....!!! But I couldn't bring myself to pay over $6.00 for a dozen doughnuts. I need to buy some supplies for my clinicals so I guess the luxury stuff will have to wait... which is ok!!

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    When I recieved my taxes back this year it said I made $14,000 in the year. Which would be awesome. But if that was so, how did i only have $2000 in my bank account????

    It was then I realized I waste my money on soo many pointless things. But the most that kills my wallet are the trips to Target. Anytime I set foot into that place I can't seem to get enough! Clothes, shoes, accessories, decor ... you name it. I bought it.

    The only way to rid of this guilty pleasure, and therefore save my paycheck, was to avoid the store all around. I feel the shopping urge everytime I drive by ... but have finally gotten over my ritual Target sprees.

    :]

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    My guilty pleasure is ben and jerry's fudge brownie ice cream. Best stuff ever! But luckily I'm very careful with how I spend my money. In a way. I don't spend money very often but I tend to make big purchases. Such as the love of my life, my Jeep Wrangler. But I did need a better Jeep, so that makes sense :) But like technically I didn't have to move to California to go to college. It definately would be saving me thousands of dollars. But then I would've been miserable in Utah for another four years. Sometimes in the long run things work out for the best. I'm sure it will all work out for you!

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    Well to be honest...I can cut back on sleeping....I really sleep more than I should....but I just really really love sleeping...its how i escape from the real world.

    - wow... I can't believe I'm not alone in this world who loves sleeping a lot! lol


    I used to have a lot of guilty pleasures. They were mostly on food (eating out when there's food at home) and clothes. But now I've cut back on them and I've started to be more responsible in handling money. I still treat myself from time to time of course coz I don't want to just keep saving and saving for the future and then end up forgetting about living the present.


    and erin, da bear is right. you shouldn't feel bad about that sushi. You got an A!!! You deserve it! It wasn't a guilty pleasure in my opinion, it was more of a well deserved reward. =)

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    Thanks for everyone's great participation. I love hearing about these things.
    woahhturbo- I used to have the same difficulty with Target. I still love the store, but now I only step foot in there about... twice a year? I was actually kind of disapointed the last time I went...
    Jessilyn- I also love Ben and Jerry's, but my favorite is whirled peace... mmmm. so good. but again, I have been able to detain myself from this one too, it's been about 6 months since I bought a pint.
    Reese's Monkey and whoever said sleep the first time (I can't find the original posting for some reason...) I agree there, but have also worked hard to get out of this habit. When I'm feeling particularly overwhelmed I usually just go take a nap... not a good habit, but every once in a grand while it seems needed.

    I guess in the big scheme of things this forum reflects a few things to me:
    -guilty pleasures seems easier to justify if they are tangible items that have some kind of return or can be used for a while.
    -most guilty pleasures include food, and if you are struggling (and trying) to lose weight like I am, it's negative reinforcement to reward yourself with food. (food is for nourishment, not a comfortable friend.)
    -it's important to reward yourself in correspondence with your accomplishment. For instance, if your goal is to lose weight, it shouldn't be rewarded with eating. If your goal is to get an A in a class, maybe wait until the final grades for the entire semester are in before celebrating.
    -it's okay to indulge occasionally, but you should only do so if you've earned it- it will probably save you money.

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    And by the by-
    I'll go ahead and give all of you a vote, both today before this week's election ends and sometime during the next week when the new election has begun.

    (That's two big votes!)

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    wow- reese's monkey I thought you had won already for some reason...

    and I also wanted to add that for those of you that didn't recieve a vote today(felt friend, laura, dream always), rest assured that it wasn't because I forgot... just already voted for you this week.

    Until tomorrow darlings!