Does anyone else have a bad money habit they’re trying to break? My bad habit is ordering UberEats. For a while, it was easier to justify. I wasn’t going out much due to the pandemic. I was freelancing like mad. Now, with prices for everything getting so out of hand, I’m realizing I need to scale back a lot. It isn’t just about money. I eat so much healthier and feel better when I cook for myself instead of ordering out.
I reformed my UberEats habits once before. I even wrote about how I changed my ways in early 2020, when I answered a question from a reader who was wasting about $400 a month on food because she hated cooking. https://www.thepennyhoarder.co…sting-money-on-food/
I realized how badly I’d fallen back into my old back habits a few months back when my friend stumbled upon that column on Facebook. He called me laughing about the progress I claimed to have made. Fair point!
In all honesty, I wrote that column before the pandemic. Swinging by the grocery store on my bike on my way home had become part of my routine. I’d get just enough to cook something simple for that night’s dinner and maybe have some leftovers for dinner. My habits changed drastically when I started working remotely.
So now I need to start forming new habits. I tend to fail when I do a lot of shopping at once. For me, thinking a meal or two at a time tends to work best, though that’s probably because I’m a single person. I think I also need to give myself permission to indulge a little bit. Ordering UberEats once a week seems reasonable. But ordering it five times a week is not.
Does anyone have any good tips for breaking a bad financial habit? Or building healthy new habits? Any wisdom for grocery shopping and planning meals as a single person is also much appreciated!