My Dwindling Bank Account Was the Best Thing That Happened to My Health

Hallie Gould
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Save for a bit of shopping every season, I spent 99.9% of my hard-earned paycheck on food, cocktails, and cabs. It's a dangerous habit, I'll admit.

Previously, I'd never take a cab unless completely necessary (for work, usually) and find the best route via public transportation. Somewhere along the line, though, that practice went out the window, and apps like Uber and Lyft became my most valued resource. Add my daily habit of ordering food and penchant for expensive cocktails, and you've got a recipe for disaster. Each month, I'd look at my bank statement and genuinely wonder how I was going through so much money. Then, I'd remember the added $10 delivery fee for my already-expensive dinner (because I deserved it) and the cab I took to and from my friend's house (because I deserved it).

With my bank account resembling that of an irresponsible teenager instead of a settled, responsible adult, I decided to make a change. I vowed to not spend a single dollar on cabs, cocktails, or food (at an actual restaurant or via Seamless)—and record what happened. Keep reading for how my self-induced experiment yielded much more than extra money.

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