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hard to change bad habits

May 23rd, 2019 at 10:08 am

Not about money completely but other habits.
I went into super frugal mode when I was in between jobs even though I was confident I could replace my last temp gig.
I had many offers from places but with them came a long commute so I sat back and now was re-hired for another temp assignment where I was.

Close to me and they are paying more per hour the schedule is more 8-5 when I have been in jobs that were like 5am to 2 so this will seem much later and with that comes a lot of traffic for the commute.

I did not get a lot done when I have been at home sat and watched a lot of tv did some reorganizing but I need to do more yard work and start walking for exercise I did limit and made diet changes losing some weight but in the big picture wasted a lot of time. Did not touch any savings but did make a dent in one of the checking accts as I am still paying for food and small bills I was paying when working.

During the last months of my last temp placement that ended about a month ago I was not focused on what I was doing with money. I just threw it at everything.

I did add to savings (about 3000) and retirement (about 4000) as well as paying down principal (1000) on my home #1.
I think I would feel better having more cash if I continue working temp things that can have time between jobs. I had the cash in savings but I was determined to not tap that. while that is good I also feel I was too restrictive as I did not buy things I actually need like new shoes mine are falling apart.

1 Responses to “hard to change bad habits”

  1. FIRE and I Says:

    Changing habits is hard. Be gentle with yourself because of this. I hope you will encourage yourself rather than being too hard. Habits are hard to change, take time and patience, and rarely change smoothly. It helps to have your reasons for changing the habits and to practice small, achievable goals each day (e.g. I will walk for 15 minutes rather than "I need to lose weight"/ or / I will plant 4 veggie starts today instead of "I need to redo my whole garden") Small steps - as your blog name states.

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