Pimp My Lunchbox

Welcome to another episode of Pimp My Lunchbox!

Lets look at the budget/figure friendly lunch I packed today!

First we have some chicken noodle soup. It’s the healthy low sodium stuff. I split the can between B and I. To make it go farther and be more filling I add extra vegetables to it. I added extra carrots, broccoli, corn and green beans. Not exactly the things you add to a chicken noodle soup but we work with what we have.

It looks really bad but it taste so good.

Next we have some snacks. I’m a big snacker. I usually eat my breakfast at 7:30 have a snack around 11, eat lunch at 1 then have another snack at 4. 
I packed some string cheese, almonds and yogurt. I usually keep some popcorn in my desk…just in case. 

Today B will be gone all day. He will be working a few hours in the morning then has 3 classes for college. He will be away from 8AM to 10 PM. No way am I going to let him leave the house with out a good packed lunch :0)

What did you bring for lunch today?

 

7 Things

Judy from We may be poor, but we are happy did a post today about 7 things. 

7 things you can’t give up, 7 things that are hard to give up and 7 things I have already given up.

Here are mine :0)

Things I can’t give up.
1. 2nd car. With our schedule we need 2 cars.
2. Cell phones.
3. Our 1 year anniversary trip. We will however do it very cheaply.
4. B going to school.
5. Internet
6. I have no idea about the other 2
7.

Things I could live without if I had to.
1. Going out to eat. We don’t go out often, but living with your in laws you need some time to yourself. It seems like when we go out to eat is the only time we really get to feel like a normal couple.
2. B’s motorcycle
3. My laptop. We have B’s desktop.
4. Extra spending even though I don’t spend that much extra
5. Cable. We don’t pay for it at his parents so that nice.
6. Beer for B and wine for me.
7. Fruit

Things I have given up
1. Bachelor and bachelorette party for my sister-in-law.
2. Netflix
3. Shopping whenever I want.
4. A trip to West Virginia University to go tailgating with friends I havent seen since our wedding :0(
5. Time- Once I get a second job I will be giving up a lot of time so I can work more
6. Space- Living with my in-laws…enough said.
7. Going out to movies, bars or any entertainment.

Doing this activity has actually made me really frustrated. I feel like I have given up so many things the past few months and its never good enough. I can never get ahead…no matter how hard I try. I don’t go out a buy clothes, food and other stuff I don’t need. Yet we can never seem to catch up. I have been really stressed out about money recently and I feel bad for B because I have been taking it out on him. (Sorry love) I’m just so eager to really start our lives together as a married couple living on our own.

Its A Job Looking For A Job

Truer words have never been spoken…typed. So Much time and energy goes into looking for a job. Once you look for the right one it then takes forever to physically apply for the job. The online applications take forever to fill out then you have to make sure your resume and cover letter are correct and set up well for the job. Its hard work!

My issue I have is that I don’t know what I want to do with my life. I’ve had ADD since I was a kid. School was always something that was difficult for me. It was always easy for all of my friends but I really struggled with it. I was always very active and had something going on. Looking back I know why my parents were so supportive of me being playing soccer, running track, performing in the show choir and school plays. It helped me learn responsibility. I knew if I wanted to do something I had to finish my homework first.

Even with all of that I honestly never thought I would go to college. My parents knew how hard it can be to get a job without a college education, they told me I didn’t have to go to a 4 year University if I chose not to, but I did need to get my associates from the community college. I went to CC for a year before deciding that I wanted to get by bachelors. I chose a close by 4 year university. I decided to live on campus even though I could have still lived at home. Looking back at my student loans I shouldnt have lived on campus…but looking back at my college experiences im so happy I did.

I graduated college with a BS in Mass Communication. I interned at a PR firm and a film studio. I have graphic design, radio and film experience. (ps I really want to work on the design of my blog I just don’t have the equipment and time to do it right not…maybe sometime soon) I have all of this experience from college and have no idea what I want to do with it. To be honest I am completely scared to try something new. I stick with the safe jobs and am very afraid to step out of my comfort zone. I think it goes back to the insecurities I had when I was a child with ADD. I’m not afraid anymore to tell people I have it. I think I have accomplished a lot and I am very proud of myself. It just a lot of pressure to find something that you want to do for the rest of your life.

I have completely redone my resume. I have added key words and describe what I do perfectly. I feel really great about it and I hope some good things come my way soon! Wish me luck on my job hunt!

July Review

I’m back from our vacation! It was a really great time spent with family. There was a lot of driving (around 1,500 miles) and a lot of fun. 

I’m trying something new this month. B and I have never been good with budgeting. I have tried setting up a budget but something always happens and I give up. I have tried the cash system. Just when things are going good I get an unexpected bill or something else adds more money.

I always find its hard to plan the next month when you don’t know whats going to happen. Some months we are very busy and spend a lot of money. Other months we don’t spend much at all. I find its hard to put a limit on things like gas and entertainment. We may not go out to the bar at all one month. Then the next we might go out once a week.

B and I have never actually added up our monthly spending. I have printed it out and highlighted things and noticed how much we spend on certain items. But I have never sat down to put where every single penny goes each month. Thats where the Monthly Review comes in. I am always very aware of where our money goes…at least I thought. I knew July would be a hard month but some of the numbers completely shocked me.

*See that?…Number 5?…$625 on gas!! Holy cow! We traveled around 2,000 miles just on vacations. I knew we spent a lot on gas but to see that number is outrageous. We used B’s truck when we go anywhere farther than 100 miles. My car wont handle the drive but B’s is a gas hog.

*As you also noticed we spent over $2,000 on B’s School. He goes to Community College so its something we don’t want to take out more student loans for. $2,000 is something we can handle to spend. If it was more than that we might have to take out a loan but we really don’t want to add anymore to our student loan. It doesn’t make sense to add all that interest when we can pay for it now. It really wiped all of our savings but we wanted to get it out of the way.

*Food was also really high. We bought a lot of food for the beach and some fast food for all the travels. We don’t eat fast food at all so it was a change. I packed a lot of snacks and food for the road but we still managed to spend more than we normally do.

*We spent a week at the beach and spent under $350! Now that doesn’t include gas but we did get to stay for free. $350 for a week at the beach is great on my book.
If you exclude the gas, school, food and beach we didn’t do all that bad. The Target trip was right before the beach and so was the clothes. We also spent money for fishing license for B. Those are all purchases we wouldn’t normally spend in a month.

I am really glad that I decided to chart out our monthly spending. I think it will really help us to really think about things before we spend and help us to save.

B and I have decided to try a no spending week. We spent 85 dollars on groceries when we came back from the beach (we had no food in the house). We will also be going to a wedding this saturday so we will need to by a gift. I’m thinking around 30$ range. It may sound cheap but I love finding ways to be creative with gifts to make it look like we spent more.

August shouldnt be a bad month for us. Its B’s birthday!..along with my nephew, my brother-in-law and about 8 other relatives. We will be doing birthdays on a budget. I will either be giving gift cards to dinner along with free babysitting from me or I will be baking things. Other than gifts we have nothing special planned that will have us cost more money!

My main August goal is to spend less than we make. We exceeded our monthly income by almost $2,000 in July and we can’t have another month like that.

How do you chart your monthly spending?