Wasn’t it in Jack & the Beanstalk where the giant sat at a magic table that kept replenishing the food, even as he ate?
As we enter this season of guests, parties, feasts, and gatherings (not to mention the voracious production of freshly baked gifts from our hearths), our penchant for overabundance can really hit us where it hurts—in our bank accounts. And I don’t mean overdoing it /indulgence/on the eating side of the equation (that is between you and your maker….or your personal trainer).
I am referring to the purchasing and preparation of the right quantities of food for our festivities. Running out of food is every hostess’s nightmare. To avoid that mortification, we often go way too far in the other direction, ending up with three weeks of leftovers after every dinner party. And that private little moment of prayer for forgiveness as we jettison the excess down the disposal.
The tendency to overdo it is a habit developed over many years that needs breaking…easier said than done. Yet, learning to buy only what you need – no more, no less – is good for you emotionally, good for the world and good for your bank account.
New York Times bestselling author Julie Morgenstern is an organizing and time-management expert, business productivity consultant and speaker. Her company, Julie Morgenstern Enterprises, is dedicated to using her philosophies and methods to provide a wide range of practical solutions that transform the way people and companies function.