This site had me cracking up. Here’s the link. Free internet giggles for all!
This site had me cracking up. Here’s the link. Free internet giggles for all!
Every once in awhile I’ll be flipping through the channels when Suze Orman’s show just so happens to be on. I have no idea what day or time it’s on. I only know that it’s on at night. I catch her show completely randomly and totally through no fault of my own so I was happy to see that now there are approximately 70 full length episodes of her show available for download, for free, on itunes as podcasts.
Being the good little student I am and wanting to learn something throughout this Spending Fast year I downloaded all 70 episodes. See, I told you moderation has never been my thing. It took a couple of hours to do (while I slept the computer worked away) and now I’ve got some watching to do. Hopefully something she says will rub off and I’ll be a financial guru before too long and CNBC will be calling me up for my own show and then I’ll be denying $85,000 Maserati’s.
Really, the minimum I’m hoping for is that by watching these episodes I’ll be more prepared for January 1st, 2011 when the Spending Fast is over and I go back to my non Spending Fast life.
This month has been one of the hardest month’s yet, apart from Month 1. Throughout the whole Spending Fast I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to do great, be perfect and not mess up and to write about my successes and failures on this here blog. The blog – the accountability- has been a HUGE asset to my progress because, as I mentioned in previous posts I definitely would’ve thrown in the towel long before if I was all on my own. Because, most of the time, this Spending Fast is just, well, not fun. At. All.
Since I paid off my consumer debt last month (still unbelievable) it’s been so hard to want to save. And, I found that I actually wasn’t doing much savings as a matter of fact. Wanna know what I did? Ok. I convinced myself – totally justified this- that I need some 100% UV protection, very dark sunglasses because I’ve been having some “SUN issues” this month. Yes. It’s been ME vs. THE SUN. And, I’m losing. Big-time losing. I’ve got a new desk at work that faces West so with the white desk and direct sun the sun has basically been burning my eyes out of their sockets. I figured I needed new sunglasses to help with this problem. Plus, if I was going to be wearing sunglasses at my desk, while working, I should AT LEAST be stylish and comfortable and well, I deserve it right! I work hard! Also, we’re going to Martha’s Vineyard (to shoot a wedding) and to Montreal at the end of the month so these sunglasses were beyond needed. Ok. I just tried to justify my purchase to you. Yes, I just said what you thought I said. I bought them. Now, these weren’t cheap $4.50 Forever 21 sunglasses, oh no! I went BIG. I decided if I was gonna do this. I was gonna DO THIS.
I bought these:
$190 Ray Bans.
Yes, I am on a Spending Fast.
Yes, I justified it.
Yes, I am nuts.
Yes, my husband reminded me of this.
Yes, I wore them for 2 days and I tried to remain in my state of justification and figure out a way to NOT mention them on this blog. Because of the GUILT! OH! THE GUILT!
Yes, I returned them.
Yes, I was happy I did and happy to see that money back in my account and wow, really, what was I thinking!??
They were cute but they weren’t even THAT amazing and not even THAT dark! Which was one of my main requirements (and justifications) for these expensive new sunglasses. When I went to return them I handed them over reluctantly but in a way, enthusiastically… complex, I know. That’s just how I roll folks. And, I just said, “I can’t afford these! I need to return them.” Kind of a little of a TMI vocal vomit there. The sales lady was like, “Whatever. I don’t quite care Miss.” She didn’t actually say that but I imagined that’s what she said in her head.
SO, also, this month I went over the Niceities-for-the-Husband $35 Allowance that I gave myself by oh, let’s see, like $150 bucks. We went to dinner, ate some ice cream, ate some more dinner out, ate some more ice cream out, saw Body Worlds, went to some movies, saw more movies. Yeah, I basically went hog-wild with reckless abandon and the hub couldn’t have been more pleased to not hear about the Spending Fast every time he suggested something that we could do. I have to admit it was nice to not be so strict with myself too. July felt (and was) more of a Spending Diet then a Spending Fast. The guilt that I’ve felt about all this has been horrible. I set out to do this and look what I did. I did great for 6 months and then jacked up Month 7.
I’m thinking that I need to be a bit more gentle with myself. I should focus on how good I did in Months 1-6 and not give up AND beat myself up because of July’s craziness. Was I unconsciously celebrating my consumer debt pay-off from June? It is highly likely.
Pretty much, it comes down to the fact that the only thing I’m perfect at is being imperfect. I guess I need to realize that I need to give myself a freaking break already and realize that I can always do better the next day and that wherever I’m at with this is okay. It’s kind of a process.
It’s ok self. Breathe. Save. Don’t buy $200 sunglasses and then breathe some more. And save some more.
The hub surprised me with a few pounds of unexpected coffee! He done goooood.
If I’m being “good” I make a huge salad at the beginning of the week and portion it out through out the week for my lunches. Usually, I need more than just that for lunch because if I try to eat just that by 3 to 5pm I get glazy eyed and just can’t seem to think straight. Big shocker huh.
So since I try to get the maximum life out of these “Monster-beginning-of-the-week” salads I’ve found certain “fixins” – as my families-childhood-friends-mom (wow. that’s a mouthful) would say, “We’re fixin’ to leave”, or “We got the fixin’s right here” or “I’m fixin’ to give you a whoopin’, so don’t move”.
Ingredients that last for a MONSTER Veggie Salad:
What doesn’t stand the test of salad-time:
Test it out. This is obviously not a comprehensive list so let me know if you have any ingredients that last a long time in salads.
* my faves
I can hear the jokes now “Your arm pits are ripe” hardy har harrrr…
Groceries started off as my biggest savings obstacle and continue to be so. In the winter I was doing really good eating my way through the cabinets. Like the roach I am. So, when we moved across town in mid-April I had eaten just about all of my canned soup and had only a couple boxes of miscellaneous rice and falafel and hummus mixes left. It seems old habits die hard. I glanced in the cupboards the other day only to notice that my subconscious “Emergency-bomb-shelter-canned-and-boxed-food-kit” have suddenly started to breed while left unattended… despite my stern warning that they stay put and keep their hands to themselves.
I even realized that I had a jar of Wheat Germ that somehow became 1 year old! erm.. Happy B-day.
That Wheat Germ (short for germination) was bought with the best of intentions and there it sat for a year (maybe more) un-opened and heavily refrigerated. I dumped some on my salad in a effort to justify the Wheat germy purchase. Who doesn’t like an “Excellent Source Of Vitamin E & Folic Acid”? I can assure you, I do. For those of you who haven’t heard of Wheat Germ it’s kind of like the tofu of the wheat sprinkle world. It doesn’t really taste like anything. It was a hit in the 70s and it’s rumored that it makes skin look like glow-y. Who knows. Oh, also, another fun fact- it can go rancid so smell it and if stinks don’t use it. d’oh.
So you ask:
1) why the apricot photos?
2)Why the “Ripe” post title?
3)Why the Wheat Germ talk?
Your not thought out answers:
1) I’ve recently acquired a ton of apricots from my buds apricot tree. Truly, too many to actually eat before they go bad. This is a great way to cut down on fruit costs. Even though fruit is cheaper this time of year than any other. But why spend when you can save? Yeah. Exactly.
2) Cause I couldn’t think of anything else.
3) Wheat Germ! Such a strange name. Plus, I’m eating some right now as I write this post. It is on my salad and a friend saw it and wondered what in the world it was. So there you have it a little Wheat Germ tribute salute. To the one I faux-love.
Below is a bit more info about wheat germ: