Monday, November 28, 2011

Rule #6 - Replacement Items Only

Oh boy.

This will be punishment to ME.

I love kitchen gadgets, and even though I don't think I'm a tech geek, I suppose I probably am.

My Sansa mp3 player had been giving me grief lately, the volume (where you rotate the main button in a circle) has been sticking so I'm stuck on LOUD jamming music.

Told Hubby, maybe, just maybe, I should ask for a REAL iPod for Christmas? I think I've had this one for oh, maybe 6 or 7 years? Of course, I'm probably the only one in this great city that doesn't have an actual, real, genuine iPod.

But regardless.

I 'need' this. I use it when I run. I use it when I clean. I use it when I fly.

I use it when I float in the pool.

Um. Perhaps my priorities are a tad off. Whatever.

Rule #6 - replace items only. Nothing NEW for the heck of it.

So if the iPod (or equivalent non-apple item) was to show up at my door, the old stuff goes BYE BYE. Hmmm...where does my music go??

Somehow I have a feeling Rule #6 is going to be the most difficult for me.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Rule #5 - Dinner Out 1 Night a Week

I'm torn on removing this.

We typically go out every Wednesday evening to a local mom and pop place and spend about $30 plus tip.

It's our 'date night' without all the high hopes and expectations =D wink wink.

We've been doing it since Sonny Boy left for college in late August.

An d have only skipped 2 times.

Even though it's the Year of Zero ... I still think it's in.

But maybe not every week?

This will have to be reviewed further AND perhaps modified.

But in the meantime:

Rule #5 - $30 per week (INCLUDING TIP) ... which changes it up a little. I think I'm going to have to stick with water instead of ordering the $2.75 soda ... uh huh.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rule #4 - Using the Services You Pay For


Yeah, we belong to Netflix, both the streaming and 2 DVDs at a time.

When the Boy was here it was so much more practical as him and his buddies would stream movies constantly.

He still does, up in Orlando, on his laptop but it's not the same, you know?

So. Rule #4 ... Use Netflix. Those DVDs need to be on a constant rotating basis, which means, I need to be shipping them back every stinkin week!

Recently, I had The American (with hunky George Clooney) for 4 weeks. Yes, 4 weeks. Do you think that's really utilizing the $20 a month fee?? I believe I could have purchased it for less!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Rule #3 - Magazines and Books

I love to read. And I can re-read stuff so that's even cooler.

But I've gotten sucked into those Tanga deals where you get a year subscription of something for $5 and then you just gotta have it when it's time for renewal.

And do not send me to the bookstore for anything. I love to just browse, but almost always walk out with a book in hand, even if it's on sale, it shouldn't be happening.

We have great libraries all around us.

And yes, I do have an active library card. Granted, I think there is a balance of $8 in fees right now (one is NOT mine, rather the Boy) and I will pay that before the Year of Zero kicks in.

Rule #3

No new magazine subscriptions.

Use the library AND avoid late fees.

Huh. Should be easy, right?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Food Waste

This should really be added on the list of things as Rule #9.

I try not to waste food. And by that I mean, we eat leftovers, we try to eat stuff before then turn south, etc.

But I'm not perfect. FAR FROM PERFECT.

Kristin over at The Frugal Girl does a weekly post of her food waste for the week (she also does compost, which is far out of my reach) ... and I'm thinking, make myself more accountable and post my food waste. ACK! That's frightening!

Ok. I will add this.

Rule #9.

Control Food Waste.

Salad stuff is my number one issue. I overbuy I think because I don't want to have to make a midweek food run. Who am I kidding? I do it anyways! May as well make that my reason to stop at the store on Wednesday!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Rule #1

It's November 7th, 2011.

And that leaves me 55 more days of pure, free spending days.

Anxiety? A little.

Excitement? Sort of.

I'm still making the rules as I go along.

It's hard to do that.  Arent' you suppose to have the rules of the game BEFORE you release it? Oh. I have 55 more days still.

Rule #1.

No credit cards or debit cards. Cash only.

Shouldn't be difficult. I used to be a fairly high cash only person before but then, the damn credit cards showed up. Yeah. Started out with good intentions and then look what happened? So many things that I discovered I just could NOT live without.

So there we are, 2 rules down, and a few more to go.