Trimming spending, one book at a time
Occasional attacks on spending can boost savings Habitual spending can be trimmed Some luxuries can be forgone without damaging your happiness. Elliot’s Middlemarch. Only another 450 pages to go.
Actively taking the knife to spending makes sense from time to time. Spending can build accidentally. If work is particularly full-on, you can slip into buying lunches. If you are sleeping badly, soft drinks can be a crutch to help get you through.
Habit is both the friend and the enemy of wealth. Good habits breed wealth. Bad habits leech it away.
Often, a jolt is required to get us to change bad habits, such as a sudden drop in income, or a big bill such as a shortfall in a health insurance surgical claim.
How much better not to wait for the jolt, but to be proactive, and try to spend only on necessities, and luxuries that really do add to happiness.
Easing up on a book addiction can help trim personal expenditure without damaging your happiness.