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Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday the 13 th:

Somehow in the last week of December I came to the conclusion that I needed a self imposed January spending freeze. That means for me no extraneous "fun" purchases. Only necessary items for life and/or Whole30, and by that I mean nutpods Whole30 compliant non-dairy coffee creamer from Amazon Prime because coffee is life. Oh and I decided to allow event ticket purchases because if you miss those they only sell out or go up in price and we can't have that. Either which way there will be no eating or drinking out (easy because Whole30), trips to HomeGoods, planner shiz, random crap I can't live without on Amazon, makeup, clothes, shoes or accessories. I'm 12 days in and wow, what a difference I see in my wallet right now. I have a daily text alert set up from my bank as long as  my balance is over a certain threshold. It usually stops coming sometime in the week prior to payday. Not this month, I have received that text alert everyday, some days the balance is unchanged. Success. How long can I keep this up? Good question.

On top of that I read about this fun little idea for a savings plan courtesy of  local consumer expert and well known Atlanta radio personality/tightwad, Clark Howard. Seriously, if you love getting deals and saving money check out his website for all kinds of good stuff. I think I can swing this for awhile anyway. I foresee the later half of the year being very challenging for me to stick with but I'm gonna give it a shot!! If I could sock away almost $7000 by the end if the year I would be so happy!! He's got some great general tips on how to find more money to save and get thru the challenge too. Check it out here.

Clark Howard $5 Savings Challenge

How to save nearly $7,000 with the $5 savings challenge this year

One of my aspirations this year is to do something new every month. Hopefully get out of my comfort zone, go to a new place, try a new activity, maybe even all by myself! This will be documented in the Bullet Journal. I hope. I got February and March covered this week with the purchase of tickets to these 2 events:

Namaste for a Beer Tour

Jekyll Brewing is 10 miles from my house and they are having this super cool yoga class/beer tour event next month. Happy V-Day to me... for $20 I get a class and a whole buncha beer. #Winning

Atlanta Brunch Festival - Atlantic Station

I don't think I really need to say too much about this one. I mean, you know how much I adore brunch, day drinking and bloody Mary's. I missed it last year, this year I'm in. Check it out here if you are local!

Making Bullet Journal Lists

I am a total list maker and I am getting a little obsessed with all of the list possibilities for my bullet journal. This might be the most perfect way for me to use it... lists for restaurants to hit, places to go around Atlanta, perfect gift ideas for each of my kids noted all year long, Paleo recipes to try, wines and beers I have sampled and new ones I want to purchase. The list for the lists is endless lol, see:

A few interesting ideas here.:

I think this is one would be really cool... basically a bucket list for every day stuff in to-do format, prioritized.

Bullet journal to do list:

And last but not least, somebody shoot me because I signed up for another season of singles tennis. $35 for seven matches is totally justifiable to me. After all I will be running my ass off and about to croak at least once a week which is great cardio. I did so poorly last summer that they moved me down to the lowest level of play lol, so who knows, maybe I'll even win some this time.

                                                              We hope you don't die.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Linking up with Karli at Sept. Farm & Amy at The Farmer's Wife...


  1. For whatever reason, every time I've come back to Atlanta I end up at Atlantic Station. That brunch event sounds awesome!! And go you for the savings plan!!! That's something I need to work on this year. The yoga/beer thing sounds cool too. So many fun things you have planned!

  2. that's a great deal for tennis; i wish my gym fees cost that much :(

    i'm in a spending freeze for sure; after the holidays i dont spend anything on non-essentials for jan/feb....and yesterday there was a HUGE online sale on boots that i've been eyeing since October but nope, didn't buy (but also because mine were already sold out LOL)

  3. The Clark Howard thing wouldn't work in my least, not how it's laid out. The bulk of my purchases are always around the Holidays, smack-dab in the middle of summer, and around February. I could definitely do those number, I would just have to juggle them around a bit to fit into my life!
    I sat down a couple weeks ago and budgeted all of our current debt vs all of our current income for the year. Totally tedious but it puts into real figures exactly what we should be able to save and when. It's worth the time to realize you could easily sock away more than you anticipated. The key is to take it out your paycheck right away, instead of the "wait and see how much is left at the end of the pay period" tactic. I learned that one the hard way. :) Hope you have a good weekend doll!

  4. I love this post! I need to save money and so far with Whole30, January has been a money saving month. I also love the "something new" each month and I may have to steal that idea. It is always great to get out and about and try new things and I need to push myself to do it more. Thanks for inspiration. Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. At some point in my life, like probably the near future, I REALLY need to do a spending freeze.