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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!)

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?

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...)

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.

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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