The Everygirl 30 Day Challenge: Ditch the Bad Habits

If our calculations are correct, last month’s challenge saved enough money for everyone on your shopping lists to consider you gift-giver of the year. A title well earned by cutting back on a few extras that we’re pretty sure you won’t even miss anymore! Make your dollars go even further with our budget-friendly holiday gift guide.

Since the first time we heard Aziz Ansari mention “Treat yo-self day”, we  had an out for basically any joy we wanted to indulge in. Shopping, eating, couch-marathons and anything else that requires explicit hedonism. The catch is that we conveniently omit the word “day” and tend to make that our weekend mantra. Oops! It’s holiday season so let’s be realistic: Grandma’s pie will not be forsaken, we will take any chance to relax and veg on the couch, and the occassional online shopping binge can be excused for any myriad of holiday related reasons. This is all the more reason to be conscious of the habits we tend to excuse. This month we are relinquishing our guilty habits. Think about it. What do you excuse because you’re too tired or you ‘earned it’? Take a stand and flex your will power this month.

Here are a few of our guilty pleasures and how we plan to combat them:

Sale Shopping

Scoring a great deal beats paying full-price every time, but if you’re shopping twice as often for unneeded things, are you really saving?

Replacement habit: Reconsider what you’re buying and why. Would you buy it full price tomorrow? Did you want that sweater before you knew it was on sale? Try walking away for a few hours and take your mind off the sale. If you can’t stop thinking about said sweater, then maybe it’s has a home in your closet.

Bonus: If you’re going to buy that awesome sale item, match the amount you spent as a deposit in your savings. Think of it as an investment in your future and while the sweater could shrink, your investment will only grow. Does this make you want the sweater less? Then maybe it’s not worth the sale!

Excessive Happy Hour

It really is the best hour, but shouldn’t be every hour. End of day cocktails with your coworkers, then girls night with a bottle of red, and brunch mimosas with your mom becomes a lot for one week. The holiday season is particularly tricky for family and friends who come in from out of town and all these extra hours out can wear down on you and your budget faster than you can sip your microbrew.

Replacement habit: Instead of visiting that place where everyone knows your name, consider having lunch with people throughout the month. You were going to go out anyway, so why not catch up with mom over your favorite salad? Apps with your Moscow Mule before heading home for a late dinner add up much faster than the local lunch special.

Procrastinating

We’ll get to this one tomorrow…

Replacement habit: This creeps into our lives daily the most. The key words for offenders are “later”, “eventually” and “tomorrow”. The stress that subconsciously creeps up from delaying inevitable tasks is the kind that fuels bad dreams and fuels stress-acne. Before forcing yourself to accomplish a task you’re dreading, ask yourself what about it you’re avoiding. Is it something you can try to take a positive spin on or have you conditioned yourself to dislike it before you remember why you have to do it to begin with? School? remember the degree at the end of the tunnel. Marathon training? Envision the finish line and check mark on your bucket list rather than socusing on the grueling aspects of your workout.

The line between a guilty pleasure and bad habit can be blurry. Habits and joys are subjective to your lifestyle and while it’s easy to compare yourself to someone else, the reality is we know when we’ve begun to fall off the workout wagon or over-spend our budget for the week. The gulity helpless feeling you experience afterward just isn’t worth it. Let’s become proactive about how we want to live our lives. Start with one habit and change it for the next 30 days to see how you feel. Remember the first few times will be the hardest, but there is strength in numbers so share your habit and how you plan to kick by using #TEG30DayChallenge.

We want to know: what will you be kicking this month? What bad habit will you replace with a better one?

  • This fits in perfectly with my personal goals for the month! I’ve been eating out like crazy and cooking less at home, which in turn has made dining out less of a thrill for me because it’s no longer a treat. I’m also working on sharing more outfits photos on my blog. It was actually a goal of mine this year and I’ve failed miserably thus far, so I plan to go out with a bang and ride that momentum into 2016! Looking forward to following along to see what everyone is working on 🙂

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    • Haha so crazy Jess I feel like I’ve gone through exactly the same thing! I’m travelling at the moment, but just before I left I was eating out a lot (and as you said, that really stops it being a treat and being as enjoyable because you’re doing it all the time) and cooking less at home.

      I’m still travelling for another 6 weeks but I’ll be doing this challenge when I’m back home!

      Sam xx
      http://www.smart-twenties.com – how to make the most of your twenties

      • I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I’m looking forward to getting back on track and really enjoying those splurges when we go out 🙂

        Enjoy the rest of your travels!

    • That was one of my goals this year, too Jess– great minds! I’ll try to think of you when I do this more this month! My my real big vice is procrastination, though! It gets me every. single. time. I need to get ahead of the New Year for this one!

      • Well if I’m being totally honest, I’m guilty of procrastination too 😉 Let’s do this!

    • Lally

      Jess this is a huge bad habit of mine too! I always make excuses as to why I don’t have time to cook, but sometimes all the waiting involved with eating out makes it take JUST as long!

      Definitely joining you on trying to break that bad habit this month 🙂

      • I totally agree, Lally! My boyfriend and I normally look at each other in shock when we get home from dinners out and realize our entire night is gone. Here’s to more meals at home and really enjoying those splurges 🙂

  • This is an inspiring article! Check out my post about stress-free living for more inspiration. https://annaandelle.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/stress-less-everyday/

  • My procrastination and sale shopping definitely need to go! I’ve never actually thought about matching the money I buy as a deposit in the bank, I definitely need to make thinking like that a habit!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  • Procrastination seems to be main difficulty for most. I am going to bed earlier and get up earlier. I finally have to admit, I get more done when I do this. As opposed to staying up working till 2am, then getting up late and mad at me. I’m done.

  • Procrastination seems to be main difficulty for most. I am going to bed earlier and get up earlier. I finally have to admit, I get more done when I do this. As opposed to staying up working till 2am, then getting up late and mad at me. I’m done.