This week I’ve learned something startling. I’ve had an inside glimpse into how other people … eat! As part of “eat at home month”, I’ve seen the rather personal details of what woolywoman , 365daystildebtfree , and gildedbutterfly among others eat on a day-in-day-out basis. I posted my own menu thinking it was a deliberate ‘cutting back’ and ‘eating healthy’ … only to discover my new regime is the norm for other people! I found it both startling, and inspiring. I got some great ideas – like, simplify my lunches by having a soup or salad every lunch. End of story. Like always having snacks of nuts and dried fruit available. Like throwing leftover roast beef onto a salad. Seeing other people’s menus gave me ideas and a sense of what is possible as a lifestyle.
Do you ever wish you could find out how other people handle their money? One of the aspects of my work that delights me the most is ‘hanging back’ when I am leading money seminars, and letting participants give each other ideas and suggestions. I’ve learned a number of tricks myself – like the woman who, with a select group of friends, is part of a savings club. They each put in $ 50 a month, and every 5 months, it’s her turn to receive the money. The gentle peer pressure ensures each person contributes, effectively ‘saving’ for her turn. Like the man who gives his kids glass jars and has them each draw an image representing what they’d like, and week by week they put parts of their allowance (they choose) into the jar – a clear connection between saving and reaching goals! And of course on the other hand, it’s refreshing to just let our hair down and for once – for once – just get to talk about money: frustrations, inspirations, what works well, what not so much. There are many reasons why we don’t disclose our personal money habits to others, but in the right environment, doing so is always stimulating, interesting and motivating.