Saturday, March 28, 2015

Day 25 - Amazonian

So I've been trying to save money where I can. I am in the process...not there yet, of cutting the cable cord completely. I've already switched internet companies. Now I just need to cut the cable beast in lieu of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Sling TV. I'm almost there, but not quite. There is so much good television coming on basic cable that I may have to give up.

In other news I've been using Amazon a lot. I've been using their subscribe and save feature for diapers and wipes for a while now. I just recently tried their Amazon Pantry for a flat fee of $5.99 shipping per box and I was pleasantly surprised. I managed to get a good deal and stock up on quite a few pantry items. My local UPS driver is probably not happy with me. In the meantime, I saved myself a trip the grocery store. Saving time is on my list too right?

The diet is not going as well as I had hoped. I've been sick for the past week and have not been able to exercise a lick. I will start back up on Monday. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Day 24 - Ways to Save

I've come to the conclusion that dining out is both a diet and a budget buster. I keep getting invited to go out to eat with friends or attend functions... which is great because it means that I have wonderful friends. So in an attempt to be sociable I partake. Being social primarily involves food! I want to hang out with friends, but I'm going to try to make healthier and cheaper options.

I made a step today of changing what type of drink I get from Starbucks. I love Starbucks. On Sunday mornings I typically spend about $11 on a Chai Tea Latte, a croissant for my little one, and a bacon gouda breakfast sandwich.

Today I ordered a Chai tea with the bag in. I add the milk and sugar myself. The tea tasted the same. I may still buy the croissant for my little one, but I can save $1.40 every Sunday. This simple change will save me $72 over the course of a year. I'm also going to cancel Sirious XM Radio for a savings of $150 a year.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Day 23 - Just Another Manic Monday

I just signed up to take the GRE this week. I've been periodically studying with an online program for the last few months. My verbal scores are off the charts, but my math scores are still down in the dumps. Will I really need advanced geometry and algebra in a social sciences master's program? Me thinks not. Yet, I've spent almost $200 bucks on just the test and another $500 on the study program. I'm starting to think this is a racket, with no accurate way of predicting success in a grad program. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Day 22 - Eh I Skipped a Few Days

Wow, I have literally skipped a week, which means I broke one of my rules by not blogging about my day. Today I went all stop all day. I had a doctor's appointment last Friday, which went well. I had actually lost some weight! Yay. All of these arduous days at the gym are finally paying off and becoming a habit. Who knew? That said, I was invited to a friend's church, who then invited me to lunch, and then I was invited to dinner with other friends. I was gone all day and all I did was eat and drop money.

I wonder why fellowship is always about food. I would love to hang out with people without having to break my diet or spend money. I'm getting back on track tomorrow. Back to the gym and back on my diet (otherwise known as "lifestyle change"). 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Day 21 - Why Do I Watch This Show?

Turned in my paper today, attended class, etc. I also worked out today and ate at Subway. I'm trying to take a page out of Jared's book!

When I got home I promptly ate some red beans and rice that my wonderful husband made. Got on the computer and watched the 'Downton Abbey' season finale on my DVR. Matthew Goode guest starred on 'Downton,' so that was pretty exciting...all 2 minutes of his screentime. Seriously, you get Matthew Goode to guest star and you don't use him? 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Day 20 - Lower My Calories?

Forgot to bring food with me so I went to the cafeteria for a grilled cheese and a vegetable soup. It was surprisingly delicious.  Had another turkey burger for dinner. I have also been working out every. Still waiting for weight loss. I've been counting my calories, but I think I may need to lower my caloric intake, in addition to exercise. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Day 19 - Starbucks Please

Sunday is my Starbucks coffee day. I had a skinny latte and the toddler had a large croissant. I am still finding pieces of the croissant in my car. It takes about a week to disappear. 
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