President’s Point

My wife wants me to eat healthy. She insists I cut back on the bad stuff and choose healthier meals. I occasionally try sneaking snacks from the forbidden list, but I keep getting caught.

Eating well takes more than just selecting foods with the right ingredients. I’m told I should pick foods that are sustainable and responsibly sourced. Moreover, she argues, healthy choices are good for my body. Okay … I give up.

As I make adjustments to eat better, it occurred to me: one’s eating habits are much like their financial habits. If we eat well, we are more likely to live longer, healthier lives. If we manage our money well, we stand a better chance of gaining financial success. Maybe, there’s something to her point after all.

Sustainable foods are harvested in a way that does not deplete natural resources. And if we overharvest, we run the risk of running out of a food. The same can be said of our budget. If we spend too much of our money on things that don’t bring a return, we could deplete our accounts and be caught in a shortfall. Like a well-balanced meal, we should make sure our spending habits are similarly well-adjusted.

Eating well includes knowing where your food comes from. I lived on a farm as a child. I like buying local because I enjoy supporting small farmers. Further, I like talking to local farmers about how they grow their crops. This makes me feel closer to the channels that supply my foods.

As an LGFCU member, you should know where your financial services come from. The dividends you receive and the loans you get come from your fellow members. As a cooperative, all of our financial services are locally-grown and sustainably-sourced. When you use LGFCU, you’re helping families live better financial lives.

Perhaps, forming a healthier eating habit will not be so bad after all. I’ll start immediately … right after I finish this honey bun.