It's like Starbucks giving out 1 for 1 promotions.
Or bubble tea, etc...
Recently, I started experimenting on this app Too Good to Go, Part 1 and Part 2.
It's a cheap meal €3.99 for a meal which is around 1.5 servings so if I make a soup for the night, it's just nice for the 2 of us.
I've bought it 3 times... the first 2 times I wrote about, I bought yesterday, and I'm contemplating buying it again today.
And the thing is, the "cheap" and convenient food has become addictive. Not cos it's really nice, but cos it's really convenient. The food is fair, not great, but nice enough that the price makes some sense.
But the convenience of it is extraordinary. I don't need to get any free food in the morning. I don't need messy cleanups after preparation or after dinner, etc.
I've gotten pretty much addicted to the habit of convenience.
And that's what spending is. People get addicted to the <insert feelings here>.
Could be addicted to the daily routine of getting a Starbucks before work.
Could be addicted to the convenience of taking Grab.
Could be addicted to the high when splashing out $3000 for a bag.
When I was back in SG, every weekend I had wonton mee for breakfast. And it's comfort food. That's addictive as well. Comfort.
Spending is a habit.
Do you have a routine?
Maybe it's buying a kopi on the way to work. Or maybe it's buying Breadtalk bread on your way back from work for breakfast tomorrow.
Or maybe it's that Starbucks coffee after lunch?
Or maybe it's dessert after lunch.
Could be that bubble tea you buy after going marketing at NTUC.
Once you get used to it, it's nothing.
Same as for me over here. €3.99 is considered cheap. It's around S$6 for a cooked meal with dessert and a starter. It's just like any western meal in SG, and in SG I don't even get a dessert.
And of course I tell myself... "I can stop it anytime" just like any smoker.
But maybe I don't ... I'm pretty sure the smoker usually won't.
I tell myself that we can afford it... and it's true. Same like the kopi everyday, or Starbucks everyday...
There's absolutely nothing wrong with spending being a habit. As long as the individual can afford it.
For me, it's ok to spend. BUT, personally, this goes against what I believe in.
Food is free, I should stick to that and not be lazy. I should go and find food and cook.
Spending on food is ok. But for me, I feel it shouldn't be a habit. A personal choice.
To me, this is about me trying to be better. Similar to keeping good diet habits. Eating fried chicken is ok, but as long as it doesn't become a bad habit until the overall diet plan is ruined.
And in my view, food is free, I shouldn't be spending on it since it's not hard getting it free. It's just... easier paying for it.
Anyway... have you created any habits which you're unaware of?
Should you kick that bubble tea habit? High in sugar, expensive per drink?
Hey, nothing wrong with spending. As long as it's a conscious choice and not just a mindless habit.
Or at least know that it has become a habit, then decide to keep it or remove it.
As for me... maybe one last paid meal tonight... ;)
PS, I'll be going to Houston on Sunday for recce trip so my posts may drop in the next few days.
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