Kicking My Candy Bar Addiction In The Foot – And Saving Big Money

SnickerAs I’ve mentioned on here a few times before, I’ve been trying out the Volumetrics weight control plan in an attempt to lose a few pounds. So far, it’s been working quite well, but what I found to be quite interesting is that it really exposed one of my worst daily splurges – and now I can see both the health and the financial aspects of kicking this little routine.

See that little Snickers bar wrapper over there? It was my addiction. For years. I would eat one in the morning and one in the afternoon out of the vending machine at work. Seventy five cents a pop, making it cost a dollar fifty a day. Most days, this would literally just come out of pocket change, so it never really felt like a big expenditure, plus I was often quite happy to have that mid-morning and mid-afternoon energy rush that the bar would provide.

When I started Volumetrics, I started looking carefully at the nutrition labels on different items and the Snickers bar made me almost jump out of my skin. Wow! That candy bar alone was worse for me than almost any meal I would eat. I realized that for health reasons I needed to kick the habit, and I knew in the back of my head that it would help financially, too, but I was really worried about that mid-morning and mid-afternoon energy rush.

What did I do instead? Fruits, and a variety of them. I kept high-energy fruits on my desk: grapefruits, oranges, and bananas, mostly, picked up at the store for less than a quarter a pop. I’d eat one in the mid-morning and one in the mid-afternoon as an energy booster and it matched well with Volumetrics, too. I missed the Snicker’s bar, of course, but the routine of a banana in the morning and an orange or a grapefruit in the afternoon quickly replaced it – I didn’t even think about it any more after a couple of weeks.

I was spending a dollar less each weekday, so after five weeks I had lost a bit of weight, which was a nice reward itself. Not surprising to anyone, though, I decided to run the numbers to see how the saving was going. The math here is simple – five weeks of saving a dollar a day means $25 I didn’t have before. If I contributed that $5 a week to my daughter’s 529 account and it returned 10% a year, on her eighteenth birthday the account would have $12,200 in it.

$12,200 for college and a smaller stomach. I think my daughter would be proud of her dad.

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