Tip For The Day: The Fat Jar

My "Fat Jar" and the current "Wish"....

Want to have some real (one time) fun?  Do your normal shopping, but at the checkout stand separate the sugary items you would have bought and ask the cashier to add up how much they would have represented!
Want to have some real (one time) fun? Do your normal shopping, but at the checkout stand separate the sugary items you would have bought and ask the cashier to add up how much they would have represented! | Source

TIP FOR THE DAY: 'Spend your hard-saved money for living rather than for dying.' Essentials are expensive enough, but non-essentials are often even more expensive. What we eat (and don't eat) today is what we intend to become tomorrow. The mocking toast of 'Over the lips and past the gums, look out belly; here it comes!' is not an idle jest.

SUGGESTION: Create a 'FAT JAR' into the which you deposit the funds you would have spent for all the things you successfully avoid each day, and an extra $5 for each day you do that day's 30-minutes of real exercise.

For example: The dozen 'Ginger Chewies' cookies you avoided the temptation to buy can kick in $3.99, the Pepsi kicks in another 75 cents, the cream cheese bagel..... . You get the idea.

And the best part?

In the bottom of the 'FAT JAR' is a slip of paper you put in first. On that piece of paper you have written down, or clipped, the week's prize: an essential which you thought you couldn't afford, a dress in the next smaller dress size, etc., or (if temptation doesn't just knock, but usually batters down your door!) a watch battery for that watch that needs one just to work.

There might even be enough left over, especially if you get in the habit of exercising, to buy seven apples (one for each day you are your own favorite teacher.) In this way, the reward is instant, and losing can become a positive 'jarring' set of triumphs. (Pun intended, and after all, two-thirds of a pun is P U!)

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Copyright 2004-2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

What is self-discipline without a reward? This simple system saves money, avoids poor choices, and lets you choose your own reward. Why not give it a try for a week and see? Nothing ventured, nothing gained (and nothing gained is the first rule of healthy weight loss!)


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a good idea, Perspycacious! I like this saving idea very much - it would be helpful for weight loss and for saving money. I'll try it!


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Get ready set go. Peets, Godiva Raspberry Dark Chocolate Freddo for not going out to dinner because I don't feel like cooking. Love this idea.


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joanwz 4 years ago from Katy, Texas

I like this idea. I'm going to take you up on it. I am finding myself in need of a reward for always doing "the right thing."


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Looking forward to your future comments on how it is going.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Now this is called an all round sustainable idea..

Brilliant thought Sir Demas brilliant thought...

when I earn and start a family... I will opt this one.. for sure..

Saving it on my pc for future reference


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Great idea, I actually drove by Starbucks today without going in and buying something I didn't need. Saved money and calories:)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy48: Sound like a "Drive By Scooting" to me, saved money and saved calories, and best of all? You're on your way to treating yourself to something you need! Go, gal.


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Every change I get, I drop them into my dog's jam jar, even extra bucks coz I really don't carry and keep bill$ in my wallet. I save up for him but his savings tend to get borrowed sometimes, but I make sure whatever is taken from it goes back in, sometimes with interest.

And I like your idea of putting into savings on what you might have spent for. I'll add that into my memory bank. Cheers Perspycacious!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

coffeegginmyrice: I'm glad the idea rang a bell with you and you can watch those savings mount up as the "won't power" takes over!

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