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Six days :) A Bet and other spending

October 5th, 2013 at 03:18 pm

Only six days til I leave on a jet plane for a quick NE trip. Smile Here's hoping it won't snow this coming weekend!

I have decided to not get a hotel room Thursday night. It's the time of the balloon festival, and hotel rooms are NOT cheap (when available!)

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So I've been trying to figure out how to get myself remotivated to exercise and eat better (and cut out the fast food / cut back on junk food.) On Monday I came across this website called diet bet. Essentially you make a bet (anywhere from $10++) that you will lose 4% of your starting weight in 28 days. I decided to join one of the groups - the start date was Friday, and the end date is Nov 2. My bet was $20. I figured that whether or not I lose the 4% and get my money back (and possibly more - the pot is almost at $20k now!) I'll still save at least that much by not buying so much junk food and not eating at fast food places. So, either way, it's a win-win. Smile

So far I've been doing pretty well! I'm making money also through GymPact and am only 5k points away from my first $25 check from Achievement.

The big test will be this weekend - leaving early Friday morning for the airport, then spending the day with NE - he wants to eat at this mom and pop diner on the way to his house. Then Saturday night I'll be riding with him all night on his delivery shifts - so, that will probably mean stops at fast food places ..

I'm thinking of bringing along some bags of baby carrots and almonds to snack on - any other ideas of things that are non-meat and not too processed that would travel well?

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Other spending this last week:

Toll charges from summer NE trip: $17.40
Renewed professional memberships: $150
Groceries - $6.61 local shop; $40 - Walmart
Health - Bet - $20; Pilates equipment - $20
Gas ($3.07!!!) - $32
Misc. - $5 (bought a cupcake from a little girl peddling them - threw it away after she was gone. I only had a $5 ...)

Upcoming spending:
$65 - doctor (Must get by there this week!!)
??? - NE weekend
$10 - cupcakes for cakewalk
$5 - candy for Halloween party (debating about going this year...)

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I cashed in SBs for my 5 $5 AGC's. I almost have enough for November's 5 5's (definitely will once the monthly bonuses credit and my SBs from the credit card.)

I have a Pinecone survey to complete today, so that will be another $3 fairly soon.

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I have been updating YNAB *every* time I make a transaction. Hopefully I'll keep this up!

6 Responses to “Six days :) A Bet and other spending”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Wasabe roasted peas, tamari roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitos), craisins, banana chips, dried apples, trail mix, rice crackers...

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks Ceejay! Wasabe - isn't that kind of spicy? I don't do spicy well... The pumpkin seeds sound good - can you find them anywhere (i.e. Walmart?) Dried apples, trail mix - great ideas! I'm trying to limit my carbs (not doing low carb, but am trying to avoid things like crackers/bread/rolls, etc.)

  3. M E 2 Says:



    Wasabi is Japanese horseradish. So yes, it is spicy.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    It's a clean burn! It doesn't stay on your tongue like jalapeno does, so even if you get a bite that's too spicy, you can just wait a few seconds and you'll recover completely. Smile

  5. SicilyYoder Says:

    I always have to buy from the children too, unless I am broke. Have fun on your trip!

  6. CB in the City Says:

    How do these weight-loss sites work? How do they know you have really lost the weight? Couldn't people just enter fake numbers?

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