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Saving on dat food budget.

Saving on dat food budget.

Saving on dat food budget.

Saving on dat food budget.

Eat your chicken and rice.

You don’t need pork nachos and a Free Will Wheat at SouthHouse right now.

Saving on dat food budget.

Saving on dat food budget.

Saving on dat food budget.

Saving on dat food budget.

Five Frugal Things

  1. I took my dog on a long walk today and found 11cents and a brand new Philadelphia 76ers shirt in the street – went right into the wash and will be great at the game I’m going to next weekend!
  2. It’s Halloween and even though I REALLY want to go out I am trying to buy a house so I have been staying inside.  There will be more Halloweens.
  3. I spent some time today listning a few easy things on ebay.  No bids yet but I’m on some watchlists!
  4. I’ve spent most of my time at home earning Swagbucks and InboxDollars.
  5. I didn’t buy anything today
  1. I spent $76 on groceries last week and am working to make that last through most of the month with a mix of pantry staples.  I made chicken and green beans for lunch for the rest of the week and will probably be making pork and then pork fried rice and another crockpot of mexican chicken.
  2. Instead of going out so much I have been taking time to train my dog at home.  He has almost mastered watch me, touch, puppy pushups and have mastered sit, down, up, off, gimmepaw/businessdeals.  We also have been going on longer walks.
  3. Swagbucks is having a Team Challenge this week and my team is in second place!  All the more reason to stay in and not go out this week.  I’ve got about $50 in Amazon giftcards sitting waiting for when I need them!
  4. FALL IS COMING THE WEATHER IS SO COOL!  I don’t pay the utilities but for the last few days I have been able to leave Wally with just a fan and a window open instead of running the A/C.  And I haven’t had to use my A/C at night so we’re saving our appliances and electric bills!
  5. Biking to work saves me $4.50/day.  $22.50 per week!  $1,125 per year!!  Of course I can’t bike every day but I don’t need to buy the expensive SEPTA passes because I get by on my feet, bike, and SEPTA tokens.
  1. I was not that great this week – I bought a top and a bag (a bag that I justified by needing a way to get my laptop and a bunch of paperwork home….a way I can obtain more overtime this weekend)
  2. I ate crockpot chicken most of the week.  I did get a $13 express lunch once this week because I was too frazzled in the morning and forgot my lunch.  I made up for it by not going out for lunch or eating out after work today which is usually my downfall!
  3. Instead of going out most of the week I have been staying in and training my dog reinforcing the lesson we did a month ago and looking forward to booking the 5 I paid for upfront for a discount in the future.  I want to be able to trust my dog in my dad’s backyard to always come back to me and I’m confident in a handful of classes my dog is smart enough and I am diligent enough tohandle this business.
  4. I’m drunk and really wanted mozzy sticks but ate hummus and pita chips instead because they are here.
  5. Im going to spend a quiet weekend with my boyfriend and get some overimte

I had a wedding on Saturday and another one next Friday-Monday…in Vegas.

  1. For the wedding on the 15th – our hotel was overbooked so they gave us a room at another hotel FOR FREE.  That really saved my budget for this next wedding.
  2. i found really awesome petsitters for a fraction of what kennels charge
  3. I went to Acme and used ibotta to earn some of my change back on produce and canned tomatoes.
  4. I have fried rice for tomorrow and am going to make a mexican chicken crockpot to last the next few days.
  5. A sidegig that I let go of awhile ago reached out to me to ask if I could work this week…yes, yes I can.
  1. I’m determined to cook good meals without going shopping this week!  My roommate and I both went shopping last week and my freezer is full of veggies and chicken sooooo there’s no reason I should have to hit the grocery store this week!
  2. I cancelled my plans this weekend to stay in and conserve money for the next 2 weekends of weddings.
  3. Committed to going to the gym every morning except Tuesday this week – making sure that gym membership pays for itself!
  4. Thinking more and more of selling my car and just signing up for ZipCar.  My car sits most of the time and only gets used maybe 2 weekends a month to drive to Delaware or Maryland.  Though it’s only worth $4,000 (probably closer to $3,500 with all the wear and tear) so I could just run it into the ground and then join zipcar!
  5. I haven’t spent money on a vacation in a few months because I don’t get one until October!

Five Frugal Things

1. Obtained many free meats this weekend and will be having burgers tonight and cooking plenty of chicken tomorrow.  I also did an inventory of what we had and will be making spaghetti tomorrow with what’s in the fridge.  I also saved a half loaf of bread from molding by throwing it in the freezer!

2. New month and a lot of costly obstacles at the end of it.  I’m committing to staying in as much as possible for the next few weeks – which will also help me train my dog!

3. My dad had a giant jar of pennies that he and my mom had saved up for penny ante games back in the day…so he gave it to me so I could deposit it all.  I ran out of penny wrappers at $15

4. I’m spending my Sunday afternoon running Swagbucks stuff in between checking on all of my accounts on and figuring out how much to pay on everything this month.

5. Much like Katy Wolk–Stanley over the Non consumer Advocate – I didn’t buy a lear jet.

Five Frugal Things

1. I’m doing a BJ’s run in an hour – I will get there at 9am so I won’t be tempted by free samples.  I have a curated list with corresponding coupons and have been realistic about what I do and don’t need.

2. Bundling errands!  I’m hitting BJ’s and Walgreens in the same shopping center and then dropping off a whole carload of stuff to the thrift store.  I will then park my car again and not get in it until I’m leaving for my dad’s on Friday.  Happily using my newly-tuned up bike or public transportation has been working well.

3. My dog was an expensive little bastard this month and I’m thankful I have pet insurance for him!  It’s $34.01 per month and this month I was reimbursed $160 of the $340 I put out for him in vet bills.  I have been reimbursed roughly $550 in vet bills in the last year since I got Wally and it has saved my life considering I did not have a savings account dedicated to dog expenses (something I will probably do next time I get a dog…but I have several years to think about that!)

4. I was a hermit this weekend and spent most of yesterday indoors and hanging out with the dog.  I did ALL OF THE LAUNDRY, cleaned the living room, and generally “unfucked my habitat” and will feel good going into this week with a clean home.

5. Yesterday I was complimented on an outfit I had put together…3 year old shoes, 3 year old shirts, free tank top, and free button down.  Aside from a desperately needed and well-planned underwear re-up, I haven’t spent any money on clothes since February (when I started a new job in a corporate environment and legit didn’t have time between jobs to thrift up professional staples) and have no reason to int he foreseeable future.  I’ve been ogling an ugly pair of Sperry Topsiders but know they aren’t needed so I’m holding off.  Maybe if I earn enough Swagbucks giftcards……..but I doubt it.

Five Frugal Things a la Non-Consumer Advocate

Five Frugal Things

A La Non-Consumer Advocate:

1. I biked to and from the gym and work today – it was actually not that bad in this incredibly hot weather!  There’s just enough wind blowing in my face.  Grateful for the bike I have even though it is not the bike I want.

2. Swagbucks is having a Team Challenge so I’m spending my night in working on that – earning giftcards and playing a game at the same time!

3. My roommate went food shopping and with what we have on hand I’m excited to cook some stuff!  I made mexican chicken yesterday and will figure out another meal to get us through the week.

4. Planning a BJ’s trip with my roommate where we will get the staples we go through so quickly and split the costs – and we’ll be bundling car errands by taking a bunch of bags to the thrift store on the way!

5. I’m grateful to be sitting in a room with an A/C unit with my dog watching rabbit ears and earning giftcards instead of having to do anything real or expend stupid amounts of energy!

Soooooo I went a bit cray cray at the end of June and early July.  My spend fast got fucked.  I made poor (fun, delicious) decisions.  Time to get my shit back on track because I have had a few expenses pop up and it’s time to uhhhhh stop going to my new favorite bar.


1. Gym Membership
I spent $500 on a year gym membership – i justify it because I NEED TO REMEMBER TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF.  I have a few friends that also committed a year and it helps that my roommate is a spin instructor there twice a week so I can count on accountability at least twice a week.  I have gone twice a week since I joined so it has already paid for itself this month!  I also save my roomie money by showering there twice a week ;)

2. My Dog “The Locksmith”
He has been to the vet twice and had to be treated for fleas all in the month of July.  It’s racked up about $350 in bills and supplies.  PRAYING THAT PET INSURANCE I PAY FOR COVERS SOMETHING.

I joined to look at ALL of my spending in a way that neither of my banks can seem to do.  I also wrote down all of my dog expenses for the last year so I can see the best prices for my puppystaples.

I didn’t go out at all last week!  I’ll be going to Quizzo on Thursday but that’s it.


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