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Starting the NY off with some Spending

January 1st, 2016 at 05:19 pm

After getting a nice sleep in (sort of - Kari wasn't having me sleep in tooo long) and doing some relaxing computer activities ... I finally got off my duff and productive.

ETA - One of the things I did was set up my budget in the new YNAB program I really kind of like it. The goal setting especially. I'll wait til my trial is up to decide for sure, but I may spring for the $45 subscription. Even if I decide not to yet, I'm still locked in for that discount price if I ever do decide to go to it.

I needed 8k more steps for my 50k step challenge, plus I needed to do a GPS tracked 5k walk for another challenge.

So .. I headed to the park. Brrr!! I foolishly wore my Keds instead of the slightly sturdier tennies. My Keds are starting to get really well worn. As in coming apart at the seams in places worn ...

I got the mileage/steps in with frozen feet and wet/dirty jeans legs.

Got home and changed into something dry and headed out again.

This time to Dollar Tree to stock up on frozen fruit. They were out of most of their other frozen vegetarian options - the freezer section was pretty decimated. $11 (Also got a battery for my smoke detector.)

Then on to Walmart - bananas, apples, PB powder*, Ragu sauce*, Amy's! Chinese Noodles!!, etc. $25
*Had iBotta rebates

On the way home I realized my gas was blinking. So I decided to go a little out of the way to the cheap station - $1.89/gallon - and also get a car wash!
My car hasn't been washed since .... ??????

$19.25 gas; 5.44 car wash (undercarriage+)

Had a weird interaction at the gas station. I pulled into a parking spot to make sure the car wash was operating (doors were closed on both sides.) When I came out this lady annoyedly says "Thank you." I'm like, huh? She tells me that she can't get into her vehicle. I wasn't parked outside the lines, in fact, I was parked fairly close to the line on the driver's side. Just weird.

Now I'm finishing up a dryer load of sheets and towels (my jeans are hanging dry.) It's been awhile since they've been washed ... I do laundry every Thursday when NE is here, but that's usually only clothes - and definitely not enough space for two pairs of jeans. So I've decided that the first weekend of each month is towels/sheets/jeans washing time!

Ok - off to get my clothes and then eat my surprise find of Amy's Chinese Noodles from Walmart. Big Grin

Happy New Year everyone!

8 Responses to “Starting the NY off with some Spending”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I opened my Fitbit a few days ago. I'm now working on getting 10,000 steps per day. So far I've only exceed 8K twice. If I tried harder today, I probably could have made it. Happy New Year!

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Most days I get to 5 - 7k with a little bit of effort. I have to put a lot more thought into it / effort to get over 10k. But when there's 50 bonus Bounts points at stake ... I put the extra effort in. Smile
    Have you looked into all the different ways you can earn snowflakes with your fitbit? Smile PACT, Walgreen's Balance Rewards, Bounts, Achievemint ... etc. Smile

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Happy new year! I always wash sheets fortnightly and generally towels weekly, I believe it's a good habit to have.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I may sync up to some reward programs soon. I have a weekend challenge with my sister today and tomorrow. Smile

  5. pjmama Says:

    I had no idea you could hook a Fitbit to rewards programs!!! Life changing. I can't wait to give them a go Smile Enjoy your Amy's noodles! Mmmm.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Pjmama - Oh most definitely! It gives a little extra oomph to using the fitbit and racking up the steps. Smile If you decide to do Bounts, My referral code is: laura1828 (we'd both get extra bounts after you complete your first activity) - it is a UK based program, but in the US you can earn Walmart gift cards at least.

    I earn at least $10/month with PACT, sometimes more. Walgreen's Balance Rewards is pretty much a set up and forget it, check maybe every 3 - 4 months to see what reward level you are on. I redeemed roughly $70 in rewards last year (I did also buy some items for points too.) Achievemint is another one where you just connect as many apps as possible (Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper are what I have) do your thing, and earn points. I got a $100 from it last year, and am a few months away from another $100 this year.

    CCF - Good luck with your challenges with your sister. Smile

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Brrr on your cold walk, but good for you on keeping on!

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks Rob - what made it extra arduous was that when I was walking on the snow/ice I kept getting these huge globs of snow/ice stuck to the bottom of my shoe which I had to keep stopping to scrape off. I was SO happy to get to the cement!

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