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Spend Fast Day 9

The beginning of this week was pretty rough….I did end up ordering pizza when I didn’t get around to preparing my next round of meals. The next day, I went to the Save-A-Lot and got groceries and cooked a bunch of shit and made new iced coffee! BACK ON TRACK. I need to keep on top of my planning so I can feed myself.

My grocery shopping put me a bit over-budget when you factor in my CVS stuff and the pizzaganza. But that’s okay! I still haven’t spent any money this month on Starbucks or stupid lunches. And I’ve made an extra $280.

Sooo I was a little rough on the 4th of July. I went and bought a few grocery-type things to make pulled pork and chicken salad, which I still had money for….but I feel a bit bad about buying a $3 ice cream when out with friends. However, I did make $18 for a sidegig I picked up.

But that’s okay! Onward and upward.

Today I did not have time to spend money…because I was making it! I’ve made $120 helping a family pack and move so far and plan to make another $18-$36 tonight on aforementioned sidegig.

Tomorrow, I’m going to be packing and moving some more. I’ve got plenty of iced coffee on-hand. I’ve got chicken salad. I’mma be okay.

Day 4!

Well Day 3 was pretty rough…I had to spend $16 at CVS for some health-related things that just couldn’t wait. However, I did give myself $30 for groceries so I will just take it out of that.

Today, I am crockpotting some BBQ pulled pork and going to a cookout at a friend’s house. All of my friends are also supporting my spend freeze and taking strides to be cheap with me. I also have a few beers in my fridge from get-togethers past so it’s going to be a good 4th!

Saturday and Sunday, I will be working from 10 till whenever packing up a family’s loft and helping them move to the suburbs. It’s going to be a long weekend but I will be making a decent amount of money. Today i am also meeting with another person I do odd jobs for and will be getting an assignment to make some huge spreadsheet. That will keep me busy all next week! Excited about the cash flow coming in for July. Also, pay day is next week.

Hooray.

Day 2: Work Costs Me

So…Day 2. Here we are.

One thing that I may have failed to mention is that I have booked up several side gigs to fill my evenings and weekends in the next two weeks! I’m doing some packing/cleaning gigs this coming weekend and then an inventory next Saturday. One lady that I do random things for asked if I can make a spreadsheet for her that will take about 10 hours….yes I will totally accept that and work on it in the evenings instead of going out.

Tonight I’m running our book club that pays me a decent amount of money. The catch: I have to pay for a few things and then get reimbursed. I had to purchase a $10 Amazon Gift Card, but I couldn’t find just one $10 card so I had to buy a pack of 3- $10 Gift Cards for $30. I will see if my boss will buy me a coffee…but otherwise I will feel compelled to purchase one. It would be rude not to, I feel like I need to lead by example for the group to patronize (in the original definition of the word) the place that is so nice and accommodating to us. Either way…I will make $50 and be re-reimbursed for the $10 Amazon card (and for the other two down the road as we need one for each monthly meeting) I will still come out making about $45 if I get a coffee.

Last night I made chicken salad for the next two days or so and, if I have the energy after book club, make some pasta with the leftover chicken stuff I have to bring me through 4th of July. I think I’ll be crockpotting some pulled pork from my freezer so that I have something to take anywhere i may end up!

Day 1!

So, today was the first day of my spend fast.  I am happy to report that I have not spent money and I am now home for the night.  HOLLLLLLERRRRRR.

Many beers and foods were consumed.  A lot of sitting and laying down happened.  Just the perfect amount of hanging happened.  I used my vacation time wisely!  Today I got back to work with gusto and am ready to tackle all the things!

Preparing for The Fast:
Yes, I’m still doing that.  I even posted about it on Facebook today to hold myself super accountable.

In Delaware over the past weekend I managed to stock up on everything I need – most of which will last beyond July 15th.  I discovered that HomeGoods is a good place to get cheap seeds, oils, seasonings, etc. to amp up my meals!  I made an awesome oatmeal this morning with flax seeds, chia seeds, coconut, and PB2.  Yum.

I’m currently cooking some mexican chicken for the rest of the week.  Om nom tacos. 

First Day of Vacation

I took off this weekend intending to go to Ohio for PRIDE….but then my free flight plans fell through.  So I’m splitting the time up between my two favorite men: Delaware with dad and Baltimore with boo.

Today I got up around 7am, packed everything, and drove down to Delaware before Firefly traffic hit.  I have watched a Cops marathon for 7 hours.  I have drank lots of beer.  I ate fried chicken.  I did NOT go to Starbucks.  

So far, so good.

Oh, hey!  Two blogs in a week and the first in 2014.  I guess I’m trying to get myself back to a normal routine…and this silly little blog did help me keep focused…and I need that.  What better time than right before a vacation where I will jack my routine up once more?

One of my big issues: Money.  It’s not so bad that I’m getting phone calls or can’t make the nut every month…but my non-student loan debt has gone up a bit in the last few months.  I really like Starbucks now.  And am in a long distance-ish relationship which means not only am I spending more on travel…but I’m going out more because I want to share all the amazing things Philly has to offer!  

So I gotta knock it off.  And I’m gonna do that with a two-week spending fast.  I will be going to Delaware this week on vacation so I can stock up on some pantry staples and other toiletries.  July 1st: I’m done for 2 whole weeks that my calendar is currently empty so I will be loading that up with work.  This doesn’t mean I get to spend willy-nilly until then and I’m already doing better for that since my fridge is already stocked with this week’s lunches and dinners.  My hardest task will be kicking the Starbucks.  I guess it’s time to learn how to coldbrew!

I would love to hear any comments or tips people have from spending fasts!

Life Has Been Awesome.

Yeah, there’s been some severe radio silence from this blog….in all of 2014.  I am not saying I’m back, but I am here to tell you that I’ve been doing great things for myself.

1. Promotion
The beginning of this year was incredibly difficult with some unfortunate employee turnover and our fundraiser.  I managed to run the event with no boss and little support…it was not fantastic by any means, but we did not lose money!  After that, I received a full-time promotion and that is where the majority of my life has gone since.  I love it.

2. Sidegigs
One of the main reasons I received a promotion was because I was quitting to be an independent contractor and look for another job in my field while finishing my thesis (more on that later).  I was making more money through TaskRabbit, Craigslist random jobs, and referrals.  I have also been working for someone’s developing glass company and running their book club.

When I got the fulltime job I cut out TaskRabbit, Craigslist, and some of the cleaning gigs.  I’ve kept a few and continue to run  book club and (very rarely) help with the glass business.  I need the extra cash and it keeps me out of trouble…kind of.

3. Pimp-handed Thesis and Graudation
I graduated with my Master’s in Arts Administration yesterday.  The last few months have been furiously working on my thesis to get it just in time.  I’m finally done with Drexel University…yaknow, beyond owing them money for like the rest of my life.  But that’s okay!  I have a job in my field!

4. Boyfriend
Last but most definitely not least…been seeing someone since about December.  So…I guess you know where all my blogging time has gone ;) We live about 2 hours away from each other, but it has been really easy to see each other at least every 2 weeks or so.  He conveniently lives near all of my friends back home and I now have weekends off!  It’s kind of nice not going from zero to seeing each other every goddamn moment as quickly as relationships do these days.  I think it has helped me stay focused on what I’ve needed to do.

So What Now?
Now that graduation is over, I can really focus on work and use my spare time for other things…like reading for pleasure (one of the perks of running the book club!) and seeing my gentleman.  Continuing to take care of myself and have basically maintained weight through everything (trying to fight the relationship fat n happy) and…could do better to tighten on my finances.

Health
I got rid of my Planet Fitness membership and now belong to 12th Street Gym.  I’m sold on spin classes and zumba and the fact that I am friends with one of the instructors.  It’s also 10 minute walk from my house so I have no excuse.

Finances
My credit card has been slightly run up…but I was fortunate enough to get some graduation cash!  That will take that debt down to about $1,500 and then the lofty student loans.

Stop Being “Positive” & Start Getting Real (Joy) In Your Life

I think this is something I am going to need for the new year, so I’m putting it here.

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