EATING AT HOME TO SAVE MONEY Psychology 671 Courtney June Dr. Malott 8.11.11
Problem I was eating food from restaurants several times a week and spending too much money.
Competing Contingencies Will not have to cook Will not have to clean dishes Easier More time to study socialize sleep
Natural Competing ContingencyBEFORE BEHAVIOR AFTER Have N Eat a meal Have N+1 hours to at a hours to study restaurant study
The SM Intervention Target behavior: Eating at a RestaurantIntervention: Lose $2 for meals eaten out after already having eaten out that week Contingencies: analog to a penalty contingency Deadline (SD): n/a PM manager: Lori June Start Date: June 13, 2011 End Date: August 11, 2011
Ineffective Natural Contingency BEFORE BEHAVIOR AFTERHave given Eat one meal Have amount at a infinitesimally of money restaurant less moneyThe outcome was too small to control my behavior,though eating out many times has a cumulativesignificance on a bank account
Performance-ManagementContingencyBEFORE BEHAVIOR AFTERWon’t lose Eat one meal Will lose $2 on at a $2 on Monday restaurant Monday
Direct Acting Contingency Does not Eat a meal Does fearfear losing at a Losing $2 restaurant $2
5 Weeks at a Glance Cum. Behavior: Meals I Baseline SM Recycle Eat from a Restaurant 4 3 2 Goal Line 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8Starting Date:June 13, 2011 Weeks
Target Behavior GraphCum. Behavior Meals I Eat Weeks at a Glance Baseline Goal line Recycle 14 SM 12 at Home 10 8 6 4 2 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Starting Date: June 13, 2011 Weeks
Benefit Measure Graph Baseline SMMeals from a Restaurant 4Cum. Behavior of Eating 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Weeks
Problems During Intervention Not always enough time to go grocery shopping Ineffective contingency $2 penalty was not large enough
Recycle The $2 penalty contingency was ineffective Increased penalty to match the cost of the meal If meal was $6, penalty was to pay performance manager $6 (Including performance management)
My Results I found the recycle phase to be more effective Paying my performance manager the amount that matches the price of the meal was more aversive than the simple $2
My Comments Between you and me, I will not continue this project any longer. It was nice being able to save money by limiting myself to one restaurant-meal a week. BUT, it was so annoying. Especially when I would not finish homework until later in the evening and was too tired to cook.