standing en-US I Won't Eat or Spend While Standing Up <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/i-wont-eat-or-spend-while-standing-up" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="lincoln sitting down thinking" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>From a $1.49 bag of Lays of potato chips, I found a valuable lesson in personal finance and dieting. And that junk-food tutorial will dramatically change the way I shop and spend money. Here's what happened. When I cleared chips from the dining room table, I absentmindedly stuck my hand into the bag and crammed a handful of chips into my mouth.</p> <p>But I wasn't hungry. But I was eating. But I wasn't thinking. But I was eating. Finally, my brain kicked out of the standby mode and I suddenly understood the 10 <a href="">commandments of dieting</a>, including the prohibition about eating while standing. In the upright position, it's incredibly easy to mindlessly consume calories.</p> <p>That's why dieting gurus always warn about eating while standing up. It's so easy to stuff my mouth with food without thinking. But when I sit at the dinner table or the breakfast counter, I'm more mindful of the process and I consume less.</p> <p>That realization made me think about spending: In the grocery store, in the mall and in the clothing store, I'm usually standing when I make a purchase. But I now believe that if I sat down and thought about the merchandise in my cart, maybe I would spend less. Many stores--even grocery stores--have areas where I can sit, chill and rest.</p> <p>The health food store has a juice bar/cafe area; my neighborhood Target has a Starbucks corner and the grocery store near my home has park benches in front and even a little eatery inside. Buying a small cup of coffee could save me a fortune if while sitting, I carefully edit my shopping cart.</p> <p>Think about it: When we make big purchases or large financial commitments -- a car, a home, college tuition -- at some point in that process, we actually have to sit down to sign papers or to test drive the car or to review documents.</p> <p>From that seated position, we have additional opportunities to consider our options and make thoughtful choices. During those moments, we negotiate with the sellers and with ourselves: Do I really want this merchandise? Do I really need it?</p> <p>But in the mall and in most stores, we're often upright and on automatic pilot. And from that position, we leave a large trail of small coins and crumbs. We leak money without really thinking. So I'm not going to a) eat while standing and b) make a purchase without sitting down to think.</p> <p>Of course, I will still eat potato chips, just smaller portions at the table.</p> <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" src="../../../../../../files/fruganomics/u4/frugal-duchess.jpg" /></a>Editor's note: Sharon&nbsp;Harvey Rosenberg (The Frugal Duchess) will be joining Wise Bread as a full time blogger in August. In the mean time, she'll be dropping by with a few guest posts a week.&nbsp; You can find more great tips from Sharon in her book <a href="">Frugal Duchess: How to Live Well and Save Money</a> or in Wise Bread's new book <a href=";;tag=thelesmac-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget</a>.</p> <p>Can't wait until August? 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