I just had a light bulb moment regarding my health and finances.
I regularly keep a food log, but I had not thought of my log in any financial way. I don’t really know what possessed me to do so, but this evening I decided to fill the date cells in my Excel spreadsheet with color: yellow for when I ate at home or work and peachy-pink for when I had a meal at a restaurant or got take-away.
It appears I went on a spending spree last month without even realizing it. Although I did not eat at super-fancy-expensive places, this pattern is problematic. The frequency of spending, however small, certainly adds up AND I was not exactly picking the healthiest of selections when I did dine out or get takeaway.
When I looked into the matter further, I learned that the peachy-pink days were especially busy for me and/or stressful. A day here and day there with my short-term memory did not seem like a big deal, but seeing the colors for a whole month at a glance, well, that’s much harder to ignore.
My goal for the month of June is to have far more yellow cells and fewer peachy-pink cells.
Do you have any specific tips about how to better integrate healthy eating with budgeting at the same time?
Posted on June 5, 2012, in Financial Sparks, Healthy Sparks and tagged budget, eating out, Excel, finances, financial, food log, health, healthy, log, money, postaday, restaurants, spark, tracking. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.