Challenge Results: Thanks for Being my Accountabilibuddies!

giphyI’ve reached the end of my two-week no-spend challenge.  Thanks for all your support!

I’m going to keep this short and sweet.  I would like to tell you harrowing tales of treachery and battles ending in victory.  The truth is, I was well-prepared, which made things easy, for the most part.  Last week I told you I was feeling fierce with determination, and because I bought all the necessary groceries for the two week period, I had no reason to eat out.

I did run out of the delicious granola bars I had intended for breakfasts–because I started eating them as afternoon snacks, too.  And so yesterday I arrived to work knowing I had nothing for breakfast left.  I figured “what the hell?  I’ve been good” and I popped into that evil sandwich shop in our building.  Continue reading

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Accidental Accountabilibuddies and My Two-Week No-Spend Challenge

I’m writing this because I really, really, really want to go downstairs for coffee, snacks, lunch, Red Bull, a sandwich, anything!  I’m fighting the urge and I know this is a #firstworldproblems kind of day, but so be it.

Due to some events and family things, I drove home the last three weekends in a row.  This kind of messed with my week-day dynamic, in good ways and bad.  It was great to see my hubby and my mom–it was not so good for my checking account.  On the one hand, for three weeks in a row I knew I was going home that weekend, so my weeks felt like they were only M-Th.  But on the other hand, on F-Su Michael and I would eat with our families or eat out, and this got pretty spendy.

#ConfessionsOfAFrugalFail

Prior to this, I had been going to the grocery store more frequently than I ever did before I moved.  I’d been going about every other day or so and checking out with only 4-5 items.  This way I’d only buy the things I needed and would not have the mindset of “this is for the next two weeks so I’d better stock up.”  It  was working for me, for the most part.  I have a grocery list but every time I’d consult it, I’d think, “no, the x and y can wait til next time” and so I’d only buy the things I really, really needed.  The problem with going to the grocery store often is that, well I run out of supplies in a day or two.  And that’s what happened last week. Continue reading

Challenge Results

Hi guys! Last week I embarked on my first week-long challenge. I challenged myself to not spend money on eating out for lunch all week, Sunday through Saturday.

Well, it ended up being kind of a crazy week–I accepted a new job offer and my friends and family were so excited–we did a lot of celebrating. 🙂  All in all, I feel like I succeeded.

Here’s what I ate: Continue reading

My First Week-long Challenge: Shifting Mindset

I know you guys do all kinds of challenges all the time, (cleaning out my closet is going to be the next one for sure) but this’ll be my first time. It’s a pretty simple one. I’m challenging myself to not eat out for lunch all week. The only leaky category in our budget each month is eating out. I feel bad because this is all me. Continue reading