I have this quirk to my anxiety about small, grocery store purchases. I worry here and there about and waste time fretting over small price differences that don’t mean jack in the grand scheme of things.
For example, I have a preferred brand of peanut butter and it’s a bit pricier because of its nutritional value – sometimes as much as a dollar or more higher than your regular Skippy or Peter Pan.
So what do I do? I stand there looking at a whole shelf of alternatives wondering if I should really spend that extra dollar or so to get what I really want and when I choose it, then I feel a little guilty for not being a more frugal shopper. And all the while, I’ve burned precious mental energy debating an utterly meaningless decision. It’s not like world peace is hanging in the balance.
What’s more, I know what’s going on and still do it to today at times, especially during those weeks when money is tight. Strangely, I don’t struggle nearly as much over larger purchases such as the cost of a computer, dress clothes for work, or other items that can really put a dent in my budget.
The fact is there are a lot of stressors in life, some are justified and others are utterly meaningless in the grand scheme of life.
So what’s the solution? When you know the choice is relatively meaningless, just say “Screw It,” then make your choice and move on with life. It may take some practice but it can be quite liberating!
Do you have a favorite tactic to deal with pesky little anxieties like this? Share it below so other readers might benefit from your experience.
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