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My Journey to $20

My boyfriend’s house is a bit of a pigsty. The house is a little small (but bigger than an standard apartment) and we can all be a little hoarder-ish. For instance, I found a closet of old boxes, and a box of old containers (protein powder jars, oatmeal containers, spice jars, and the like). I don’t like to waste things, the boyfriend and his roommate are just lazy.

I was going through a bookcase, throwing away old letters and wrappers, and found my old laptop. This thing was state of the art… 3 years ago. Now the hinges have seized and the keyboard is missing letters. I swear I’m not hard on my computers, but this one was rough.

I haven’t touched it in probably a year, if not closer to 2, so I figured I should trash it. However, you can’t just throw away electronics. Who knows what toxic black magic is in it. As I was looking it up, I saw that Staples let’s you trade in your old electronics! It turned on and the screen works, so I’m getting a $20 gift card for it. They even paid for shipping.

And that’s the story of how my trash turned into $20. I inspired my boyfriend to look at his old computers. Yay!

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How You Don’t Save Money

Just going to put this out there: I can be a little impulsive.

So when you’re trying to save money, unsubscribe from those vacation saving emails. Don’t go, oh, it’s a special birthday, let’s go on a cruise.

Cruises do not save you money. Cruises don’t even come close to saving you money. Unless you regularly eat fancy food and drink a lot because you’re not driving.

My cruise ran me like $1,200. It’s not that bad, and it was my birthday, but I don’t recommend it.

On the bright side, everyone’s budgets will get derailed. Hopefully (not really), by an emergency, not by your party goblin

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Wanderlust

I have a serious case of wanderlust and a serious case of homesickness. I worked on 2 campaigns, and fell in love with it. The sleepness nights, the new people and places, and the feeling like I was changing the world. I was going to move from state to state, doing just that.

And then I came back home and never wanted to leave. I still wanted to make a difference, but from the confines of my own state.


Create Your Own Visited States Map

As maybe you can tell, I’ve been on two major trips, a road trip to Kansas City, Missouri ( which I had to drive to Kansas ) and a trip to Georgia. I’m going to have to do a crazy road trip to get to those other states.

I have a hard time deciding on vacations, because I want to see it all. I want to experience all of the cultures, try all of the food (ok, some of the food), see the sights, hear the languages. It’s so hard to make a decision, because I want to see it all.

Ever have that problem?

I’m working on it, so the options will eventually dwindle. One day though, I want to say I’ve seen the world.

See you soon,

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Week 2: Analyzing Spending

Last year, I spent about $15,000 on my everyday spending. To save $625,000 (the magic number), I have to cut down some spending now. If I can keep it up, that $625,000 number can go down too.

2015 spending

This is my trend page from Mint. The most concerning numbers I see are for shopping and food. I spend approximately $475 a month on shopping and $250 of food, for 1 person.  Time to start cutting out the coupons. I’ll go through each of these categories more to see what I can cut (I bet it’s clothes, eating out, and make up purchases!).

See you soon!

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Home Sweet Home?

Do you ever come home after a time away? I’ve been almost living with my boyfriend for almost a year now, and I definitely haven’t been home for a week. I forgot how oppressive it was. I was so upset that I haven’t had time to spend with my family, but now I can’t wait to leave.

Mid-conversation, the tv was turned onto a DVR-ed show that no one likes, but no one is allowed to talk through. The dog isn’t even allowed to breathe his normal loud breathing. Sorry I was mid-sentence. You could have asked who wanted to watch it. Now they’re like 3 episodes ahead, and I have to catch up, so I’m hiding in my room. Way to be inclusive guys!

Now, I should go over to my boyfriend’s house, but I really do hate it there. I hate the actual house. I hate it to the point where it actually makes me sick. Really the house isn’t too bad, but the things I hate about it, I can’t change. I can’t change that my car can’t get up the driveway. I can’t change that the layout is terribly inefficient. I can’t change that its in a horrible location. So I try to suck it up. There are somethings I can try to change though. I can try to get my boyfriend to clean up after himself. I can try to get him to clean out all of the trash. I can try to get him to fix things instead of complaining about them. But let’s face it, I’ll be the one that has to do them.

Going there just symbolizes such a burden on me. I go from having no responsibilities to having to parent. I don’t like nagging. I don’t like having to ask for help for him. I don’t like that he tries to control me and my food. Every time I walk into that house it’s like a slap in the face of everything I hate in our relationship.

I really want a place of my own. Someplace where I can watch what I want, and eat things I want to eat. I want to keep it as messy or as clean as I want it. I want to pick the colors and be close to things I want to be close to.

Instead I must live practically homeless between these two houses.

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Beer Prices- 8/31

Shaw’s
Sale good from 8/29 until 9/4

Beer:
Blue Moon, 12 pack- $14.99
Corona Extra, 12 pack- $13.99
Gritty’s Seasonal, 12 pack- $14.99
Redhook, 12 pack- $13.99
Sam Adams, 12 packs- $14.99
Shipyard, 12 pack- $14.99
Sierra Nevada- 12 pack- $14.99
Stella Artois Lager, 12 pack- $13.99

Cider:
Angry Orchard, 12 pack- $14.99

Wine:
Alamos Malbec or Mirassou, 750mL- $9.99
Rex Goliath Chardonnay, 750mL- $6
Lindeman’s, 750mL- $6
Black Box Cabernet, 3 ltr- $22.99
Black Box Chardonnay, 3 ltr- $22.99

Hannafords:
Sale good from 8/30- 9/6

Beer:
Bud Light, 18 pack- $11.99
Bud Light Lime, 12 pack- $10.99
Coors Light, 18 pack- $11.99
Goose Island, 12 pack- $10.99
Michelob, 18 pack- $11.99
Miller Lite, 18 pack- $11.99
Redhook, 12 pack- $10.99
Shock Top, 12 pack- $10.99
Stella Artois, 12 pack- $10.99

Wine:
La Vieille Ferem Wine, 750 mL- $8.99
Bota Box, 3 ltr- $19.99
The Naked Grape Wine, 3 liter box- $19.99

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My Views on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision

I know, I’m a little late on this, but I’ve had my own things going on. Plus, I’m getting over the fact that the Supreme Court doesn’t seem to think I’m a person. Lame.

So the Supreme Court last week pretty much said, yeah, we can’t violate companies religious rights, so the female employees don’t get birth control. It’s pretty lame, and I don’t agree with it.

1) Hobby Lobby Doesn’t Present Itself as a Religious Organization

I know, it’s a weird way to put it, but it’s not like I apply to work at Hobby Lobby and I know it’s a Christian company. It’s not like it’s a church, where it’s very clear. I don’t want to have to ask if a company is going to cover my birth control or their religion. It’s a violation of everyone’s privacy.

2) Birth Control isn’t always Birth Control

Women take birth control pills for many reasons. They help regulate hormones and treat PCOS and endometriosis (though don’t quote me, I’m not a doctor). Without birth control, I’m a mess. I bleed for 7-10 days, every 6-8 weeks, and I am in bed with cramps (and not like the oh, cramps, they feel like someone has punch me in the stomach. If I wasn’t bleeding and it wasn’t a monthly occurrence, I would’ve thought I was pregnant) for at least 2 weeks. I cannot function with out them.

I just hope that this decision gets overturned soon.