I’m a coke addict…WAIT! That sounded bad. I’m a Coca Cola addict. There was a time not so long ago where I would drink three to four litres of the stuff a day. It’s a large contributor to how I went from a skinny dancer in my teens to being mistaken for cosplaying Xmen’s Blob.
I can hear you, “isn’t this site about board games?” Gimme a sec. I’m getting there.
I’ve tried a number of different methods to stop drinking the sweet sugary succubus which is soft drink. I’ve tried fad diets, I had a personal trainer, I’ve ordered those premade subscription box foods which taste a bit like flavoured cardboard. My Dad and I once had a challenge about reducing his alcohol intake while I reduce my soft drink intake in order to get healthier. But we were still allowed it on weekends. Come on, we’re not savages… No seriously. It was a weak excuse so I could indulge a couple of days a week. It wasn’t so effective at reducing how much soft drink I drank as it was cramming it into a much tighter timeframe.
About a month ago I found the solution. In the time since then, I had one large coke when I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and I regretted it. I’ve kicked the habit- well, I replaced it for a better one.
Seriously. Each day I don’t drink soft drink, I put $1 aside to spend on board games. Given I was spending $6-$10 a day on soft drink anyway, I’m saving money while also putting some towards a hobby which involves creative thinking, socialising, deduction and logical reasoning. Not to mention badass space monsters and awe inspiring fantasy races.
Once I realised how powerful a tool this was, I started to apply it to other areas of my life. For every day I do at least a half-hour’s worth of exercise, I put $1 towards board games. Every day I walk the dog, $1 goes into the fund. I’ve never been one to neglect my fluffy canine family member, but she’s never had so much walkies before!
That’s $3 a day I can put towards my hobby. So in a month I’m putting about $90 towards a cool new game I want, or picking up several packs of an LCG, or expansions I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten over new games. I’m not saying it’s the only way I buy board games (a good amount of grovelling can go a long way with my lovely partner), but my game shelves have never been so full, and I haven’t been this healthy in years.
So give it a try. Doesn’t have to be softdrink – next up, think I’ll tackle my chips and chocolate habit. But if you want a new board game, if you can’t seem to fit the hobby into your budget, or you have an addiction you’re trying to kick; why not start a board game fund.
Honestly, it’s changed my life.
Want to learn more about the health benefits of Video Games? Positive Health Wellness have a great article you should check out HERE
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