How to Determine Your Values

We Can Tell Our Values By Looking At Our Checkbook Stubs

“We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.”

What we spend our money on says a lot about us. Do you value healthy eating? Then your bank account (who uses a checkbook anymore?!) should reflect that. You should have deductions for the grocery store, not the drive-thru.


I want to challenge you to think about your values and then look at your bank statement. Is your money spent a reflection of your values? If not, what can you do to change? Talk to me in the comments!


6 thoughts on “How to Determine Your Values

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  1. Jane

    Hi Melanie–

    I agree that how we spend our money–and time and effort–should reflect our values. It also is helpful to list these values in a hierarchy. The top values should account for the top spending.

    It is also important to be honest with oneself in doing this. Your “values” don’t have to all be lofty or what others want. For example, I spend more than some folks on maintaining my appearance because–within reason–that is important to me. Trying to deny this just leads to sneaky spending that I try to hide from myself. Of course, if my appearance is at the top of my hierarchy, i need to do some self-searching…

  2. Maggie

    I love this. One day I will actually make a physical list of every purchase I made in a month (not just x amount at this store, but 1 shampoo, 1 pair of socks, etc.) Maybe this is the motivation I need! Will that list align with my priorities? Hope so! What a great metric.

  3. Carol M.

    I think they do in the sense that I don’t buy a lot of excess stuff. However, I’d like to improve in the environmental category. When I do actually buy something, I tend to buy what’s convenient–for instance, I bought some new clothes, which doesn’t reflect my earth-saving values…I’d rather shop at thrift stores.

    I read something great, which was how to purchase if you want to be environmental. The order is: don’t buy, buy used, buy green, and if absolutely necessary, buy conventional. Easy to remember, and helps us to buy less stuff.

  4. Daisy

    Hi Anna, just an fyi that I can’t read the post because the Write for ATWS photo is covering the whole top portion (both columns) of your blog. Tried clicking other posts & it’s the same thing. I tried to use the contact form but again, I can’t see it lol. I’m using an iPhone 5s now (Safari) on the software update 8.4 if that helps any. I didn’t have this problem when I visited your site a few days ago. Take care!

    1. Jenna

      I’m having the same issue viewing the site on my Ipad. I can’t see a big first chunk of each post.

      xoxo, Long time fan! I love your posts!


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