Friday, July 24, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
I wrote earlier about my "End of the Month List" that includes items that I'd like to buy if I can make the money last until that last week. I am still keeping it and right now it includes:
- Wellies (you know...the cute rubber rain boots)
- A new wall mirror
- Apples to Apples (the board game)
- New laptop case
- New running shoes/workout shorts
- Scrapbooking supplies (esp. the Cricut)
- Couch (my first ever!)
I suppose it also should include all of the items that I will replace in my apartment if I can. I have now made an official list that will include:
- Shower Curtain (kind of a must)
- Coffee Table
- End tables
- TV Stand
- TV (wishful thinking)
- Table Lamp
- Wall Clock
- Kitchen Cart
- Wall Art/Decor
- Throw Pillows
While it's easy to go out and just buy everything, I need to be more realistic as to my budget. And pace myself...that always seems to be the problem. Three more weeks to go!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I recently renewed the lease to my apartment and just received a packet from my landlord. Apparently I received a bonus for signing a one-year renewal and can now choose from:
- Carpet cleaning
- Vent cleaning
- Replacement of mini blinds in one room
- New HVAC vent covers
- New digital thermostat
- 1 room painted
- New brushed nickel kitchen cabinet knobs
- Window cleaning
- New kitchen faucets
- New bathroom faucets
- Maintenance services for 1/2 hour
What will I choose? I'm leaning towards the carpet cleaning since I have a pet, but some of the other items are also tempting.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
We have a program where I work that will reimburse 50% of our membership at the sponsored fitness center, if we average at least two workouts per week over a six-month period. Good deal, right?
One of my challenges in the past has been finding the time to work out, since I don't always work typical nine-to-five hours. My goal now will be to take advantage of this program, since my training schedule for the half-marathon will require me to run 4 days a week. If it means earning back some of my money too, that will be a sweet reward at the end.
I get started Monday.
Sometime last year, I was watching an episode of The Today Show, and they featured a story on the top web sites that can change your life. One of the sites featured was Kayak.com, a site I have come to know and love. Kayak.com is a travel site that searches for flights on most airlines and finds you the cheapest fares for your destination. I have found that it is much easier to use than some of the other travel sites, and I have been able to find fairly affordable flights the last few times I have been booking air travel.
While flights certainly aren't cheap right now, it does help to know that there are sites that will help you navigate your travel. Kayak.com also has sections for hotel and rental car searches, although I've only ever used it for air travel.
I have a few upcoming trips that I'm hoping to take, none of which will be cheap, but hopefully if I can be creative, they will stay affordbale. I would hate to be the girl on vacation who can't enjoy herself because she is constantly worrying about how much she is spending.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I have never been great about sticking to my resolutions, so this year I'm trying to set smart goals for myself that I can actually achieve. (Maybe putting them in print will assist in reminding me to focus on them.) I'm sticking with two, here they are:
Resolution One: Train for a Half Marathon
This might seem totally crazy, since I am trying to focus on more achievable goals, but I've done my research and this one is possible. With a ten-week set training program (and a few extra weeks to prep), I should be able to get in shape in time for a half marathon in April. I think this is actually more realistic then setting a broad goal like "exercise more" or "lose weight" because there is a set timeline I'm working with. It may require some new running shoes, which counteracts my next goal, but really, it's a safety thing!
Resolution Two: Save an Emergency Fund
While I hope to spend less in general, the one thing that I'm really lacking right now is an emergency fund. Should I run into a financial emergency such as car issues or a big medical expense, I am currently unprepared to cover those needs. With the current economy, that is just not okay. Most financial experts seem to say that an emergency fund should be equal to three to six months of a person's salary. It will take me some time to accumulate that amount, but it's time to get started. This will also require a change in spending habits. Food expenses are going to be the first thing to be cut.
It's time to get started....wish me luck!