Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I got my first $10.00 survey check from Mysurvey.com.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New Sidebar

I added a new sidebar!!!!! It is for a HOME DOWN PAYMENT. I am really excited about this account and hope to throw all extra money towards it. I have a dream of owning a home before 30 and without a down payment that dream will never come true. It only has a little over $8.00 in it, but hey, it's a start!!!!!!

Travel Fund

My very best friend's birthday is December 11th. And she is turning the big 30! Therefore, I withdraw $900.00 from my travel fund to help her celebrate. We are going to Asheville for the weekend. All money that is not used will be replaced back into the travel fund.

A Brand New Budget For a Brand New Year!

Since the end of the year is wrapping up, I decided to review my budget and see if anything can be changed for the new upcoming year. I am put together a new budget which I hope will accommodate my lifestyle. The new figures are as follows:

Fixed Expenses:
Student Loan Payment - $856.00.
  • My actual payment has now decreased to $716.00. When I first started paying back my student loans in 2006 the payment was $809.00. However, with the help of extra payment along the way, my payment is now $716.00. That being said, I am intending on paying $856.00 a month until I have paid $10,000 in student loan payments for the year (around October). Then I am going to take the extra $135.00 a month and put it into either my new sidebar Home Down Payment Fund or start a new sidebar for a Car Fund.

Rent - $425.00

  • Currently my half of the rent is $425.00. That is fairly cheap for where I live. However, my lease runs up in April and I was thinking about moving closer to work. The prices closer to work for something comparable are about twice as much; thus, I am starting a Home Down Payment Fund to purchase my first home. So, I am not quite sure whether I will move closer to work or continue to pump money into my Home Down Payment Fund and make the commute.

Utilities - $100.00

  • This includes Electricity, Gas, Water, Sewer, and Trash Pickup.

Nexflix - $18.18

Variable Expenses:

Vet -$30.00

Groceries - $160.00

Eating Out - $120.00

Entertainment - $200.00

Shopping - $200.00

Gas - $130.00

Prescriptions - $20.00

Savings - $800.00

  • Gift Fund - $40.00
  • Travel Fund - $100.00
  • Home Down Payment Fund - $460.00
  • Taxes - $200.00

Total Budget - $3,000.00

I will try to compare my monthly budget at the end of every month to determine how I did for that month.

Anyone that has any comments on whether applying extra payments to my student loan vs. saving for a house is a better option. At the moment, I am trying to accomplish both. Should I throw all my extra money at the down payment and just continue to pay the minimum on my student loans? It just really upsets me that they are for 25 years and I will be over 50 and still paying student loans. AGHHH.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Is anyone as obsessed as I am with Robert Pattinson???? He has to be the most gorgeous man that I have ever seen in my entire life. After going to see the movie Twilight this past weekend, I can dream of no other. I even went to go buy the book, which is great, because I now how a mental image of the character Edward. WOW is all that I can say.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I haven't written in a few days because I am in a bad mindset financially. I have been contemplating buying a house, but determined that my student loans are so outrageous that it scares me to take out any more money. I currently have just over $105,000 in student loans and have 23 more years of payments. No bank or company will consolidate my private student loans which are at a variable interest rate. While the market is down, so is the interest rate, but as soon as the ecomony is booming again my rates will skyrocket. I know there is tons of advice out there stating that you should not repay your student loans faster than necessary,but I cannot stand it. At this rate, I will be over 50 before they are paid off and that is unacceptable to me. Thus, I believe that I am going to take next year and aggressively pay back my student loans. I understand that it is still going to take several years of aggressive payments before it is paid off, but I cannot stand it hanging over my head. At least with a house, you have something to show for it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Last Weekend

I had a great weekend!!!!

Friday night I drove over to Birmingham to meet up with the best friend. We went to the Alabama Theatre to see a concert. The concert was great, as is the theatre. The only downfall was that they stop serving drinks before the end of the first set, which meant we had two more hours with nothing to drink...not even water. I understand running out of beer, well not really, but to run out of everything to drink....come on. I ended up buying a t-shirt for $25.00. A little expensive, but I am glad that I got it.

Saturday, we woke up and drove to best friend's home town. Her and her finance just remodeled their condo and we went to cook out for the Alabama/LSU game and let me see the new place. We had a fabulous time!!!!

Sunday, after much lounging around, I drove home and arrived back around 9:00.

Overall not much money was spent (less than $100).

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


My very best friend from law school turns 30 this December. As with past 30th Birthdays (her finance's and my "ex"'s) we like to do it big. For her finance's 30th Birthday we flew to Fort Lauderdale and attended Langerado. For the "ex's" 30th birthday we went to Voodoo Fest in New Orleans. So needless to say, we MUST celebrate her birthday in grand style. Therefore, I will be buying VIP tickets today to go to Warren Haynes's Xmas Jam in Asheville, NC. I have never been to Asheville or even North Carolina for that fact. This it is going to be FUN TIMES.

With that being said, I am missing out on Jamaica. That is where we were supposed to be celebrating her 30th birthday, but we have decided to change locations. I am very excited!!!! Although, it is going to really hurt my pocketbook right before the Holidays.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I updated my networth. While I am still in the negative (for the forseeable future), I am slowing but surely crawing out of debt. Damn student loans.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Update

I have found a friend that can go with me this weekend!!!! While this is exciting because I cannot afford to cover my so-called friend's share, I am a little hesitant because it is a guy. I know this shouldn't be a big deal because we are just friends, but I don't want it getting back to the "ex" that I brought a guy with me to New Orleans especially since he has never met this guy before and I am sure he would take it the wrong way. I know that this is all stupid because we are broken up and it is none of his business and he shouldn't have any say, I just don't like the idea of him thinking things that are not the way they look. I just really need him to go to cover the cost because my other friend bailed. I am supposed to let him know today if it is okay, what do you think?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I am bummed today. I was supposed to be going to New Orleans this weekend with a friend of mine from the same town and meeting two other friends down there. Well today, I text messaged my friend in town and asked her to call me after 5 so that we can discuss weekend plans. I get a text message back that she can no longer go because her baby has been sick all week, causing her to miss work, and now she doesn't have the money. While I am sympathetic to the fact that she has a sick baby, I am now the one out of a lot of money. I was the one that purchased our tickets, which she was supposed to pay me back on the way down, I am now the one that has to drive to New Orleans not only by myself, but fork over the gas money, hotel money and her ticket money. After mentioned all this to her all she can say is "Sorry." She didn't even offer to pay a cent. What bothers me the most is that she didn't even call to let me know that she couldn't make it so that I could sell her concert ticket, find another friend to go with me or at least allow me time to save more money. We are talking two days before leaving and I am just now finding out. I am not quite sure what I am going to do about the whole situation. I don't want to have a miserable time because I haven't saved enough money, but I don't want to spend more than I budgeted for either and put myself in debt. I am very upset right now.
Sorry I have kinda fell off the blogging wagon here lately. Not much of anything has been going on here, and a little bit of everything. This past weekend was rather relaxing. I spent Friday night with the roommate and a friend. We cooked out at the house and basically caught up, listened to music, and enjoyed each other's company. Saturday was spent all day watching football. Living in the South, it is a necessity to be locked to the TV or at a football game every weekend. Can't break tradition. Sunday was rather productive. I got up, went to church, met the roommate at Cracker Barrel for Lunch, went to the movies and watched Fireproof (I must say this is one of the most thought provoking movies that I have seen in a long time. It is a must see!!!), then went to Wal-Mart and Pet Smart. Afterwards, I took my dog for a stroll and the neighborhood and then just enjoyed the rest of the weekend. It was nice to just relax and spend the weekend at home. Because the next couple of weekends are going to be crazy....

This upcoming weekend, I am going with a couple of friends to New Orleans for Halloween. YAY. This trip is going to be a little costly, but totally worth it. I have been looking forward to meeting up with my friends for several weeks now and cannot wait.

I am still contemplating JAMAICA......What do I do. I do have enough money saved up to go, but I am kinda nervous leaving the country basically by myself because I would have to the meet the people down there because they decided to take the trip a long time ago. I just cannot make up my mind.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Updated Sidebars and Goals Completed

I have completed another goal - I now have saved $500.00 in a gift fund for Christmas gifts. This is going to help out tremendously when the holiday arrives. I have also made the executive decision to now start saving all of my savings in my travel fund until that goal is accomplished. I am really wanting to go to Jamaica in December, but I am not sure if that is possible. I will need approximately $2000. I should be able to save that amount of money, I am just not sure it is logical in this economy to spend it. But I really really really want to go! I must make a decision soon so that I can purchase a plane ticket.

I am sure most of you pfbloggers would say not go, but I want to hear the pros and cons so give it to me straight!

Wonderful Weekend

This weekend turned out very busy. As one of my very best friends was getting married on Saturday afternoon there was plenty to do. On Friday night, I drove to Vicksburg, a town about 45 minutes from where I live and attended her rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Straight after the dinner I drove back home because I knew that Saturday was going to be packed full of things and very little time to get everything accomplished.

Saturday I woke at 7:00 and got ready to run a 5K at 8:00. I am proud to announce that I have completed my first 5 k and it took me approximately 34 mins. Not too bad as there were a lot of very steep hills and I had to walk 5 mins to get warmed up. After running I headed to get my nails and toes polished for the wedding. The bright red color really popped with my black dress. I then got cleaned up, headed back to Vicksburg and made it in time to help the bride get ready and take pictures at 2:00. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and the reception was just as great. She did a really great job picking out flowers and decorations and she looked amazing. After the reception, the bride and groom had rented out a bar in downtown Vicksburg for everyone to hang out. We stayed a couple of hours before heading back to Jackson and going out on the town. I finally made it home around 2:30 and crashed.

Sunday, my mom, roommate and I went to eat lunch and then headed to the zoo. The zoo was pretty interesting and the weather couldn't have been any better. After the zoo, my mom and I went to church and then came home, cooked dinner and watched a movie. After a long and wonderful weekend, I am ready for the work week.

Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend and stayed out of trouble!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Memphis here I come

I am going tonight with a good friend to Memphis to see one of my favorite bands. It is a bit irrational, and a last minute decision and probably not the smartest decision, but I am doing it anyways. I am only 26 and want to enjoy life. I do realize it is a work night and I am having to take off half a day tomorrow and spend a boat load of money, but I am happy. And I think that I have made the right decision for me.

So off to Memphis I go.....

Monday, October 13, 2008


Just had to post the shoes that I got to wear to the wedding this weekend! I know, they are fabulous, aren't they?

A Weekend Full of Spending

I am extremely busy today, but don't want to forget about ALL the weekend spending that I did. I spent A LOT....So, here is a bullet list

Gas - $28.50
Hair Cut and Colored - $85.00
Walmart - $18.42
Devines - $8.00
Dinner - $20 (went to a bachelorette party and didn't realize that tip was already included, so I added a $3.00 tip. Kinda makes me mad...)
Express - $118.78
Dillards - $218.88
Belks - $22.00

TOTAL-$519.58 (YIKES!!!!!!!!!)

Needless to say, I am broke...No more needless spending for the month of October....However, I feel that I can justify the shopping. My old roommate's wedding is this weekend and I just found out the ex is going to be attending; thus, I need to look HOTT...Enough said.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Shower Gift

I am attending a college sorority sister's bachelorette/lingerie shower this weekend and happend to find her the perfect gift today for $20.00. Can you believe that $20.00. And it is adorable. I almost wanted to buy one for myself.

MS State Fair

Whoop, Whoop! The MS state fair is in town and I feel like a kid in a candy shop. A few friends and I went last night and it was fabulous! Although, I did feel a little sick as we were leaving. I am not sure if it is from all the greasy fair food or the hundreds of rides that go upside down. Either way, it was worth it!

Food - $17.00
Admission - $5.00
Wristband for unlimited rides - $25.00

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Have you ever had one of those days that every little just really pisses you off? Well, that is today for me. I have nothing really to be in a bad mood about, but I am just not myself.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Back from Alabama

This past weekend, I met my very best friend from law school and her finance in Tuscaloosa for the Alabama/Kentucky game. And let me tell you, it was a blast. We had such a great time catching up and just being around each other. I also got to meet a lot of her extended family, who were just as lovely as she is to me. While, I did go out both nights, I was able to keep my expenses low. My main expense was gas over there and back, but I was happy to spend it.

Thursday, October 2, 2008


I must admit that I am embarrassed by my spending habits in the month of September. I have really been going out/eating out a lot and justifying it to myself as enjoying the single life. Well, this girl's single life is starting to get expensive. I went over-budget in almost every category. Here are the cold, hard facts:

Food - $334.00 on eating out; $127 in groceries for a total food expense of $461.00. That means that I am $161.oo over my alloted $300.00 food budget.

Gas - This category I actually did okay. I spent $224.00 out of $240.00.

Shopping - $179.00/$100.00

Entertainment - This category really got me. I spent $239.00/$100.00. No excuses, I was enjoying myself.

Hopefully, by admitting to my September mistakes in writing, I will do better in October. However, I feel that this is also going to be a costly month. So far, I have almost every weekend planned -

Oct 3-5: Going to Tuscaloosa for the Alabama/Kentucky game and visiting my best friend from law school.

Oct 10-12: Bachelorette Party/Lingerie Shower

Oct17-19: Old Roommate's wedding

Oct 24-26: No plans as of yet

Oct 31-2: New Orleans for a concert

With the weekends being full, I am going to have to take it easy during the week!

Monday, September 29, 2008


Last week I started training for a half marathon, and let me tell you I have stuck with it. The ONLY day that I didn't run was Saturday and I ran extra hard on Sunday to make up for it. It feels so good to set a goal and start progressing towards completely it. Don't get me wrong, I am still a very very very very far away from being able to run 13.1 miles, but it is the point that I made it through the first week and am not even contemplating quiting!

In other news, I had a fantastic weekend! Of course, it was expensive, but it was fantastic nonetheless. My roommate and I had friends over to cook dinner on Friday night. I ended up spending a total of $36.05 at the grocery store. Then we headed out to a local bar where I spent $8.00. On Saturday, I drove 45 mins with a friend to meet my brother and mother for dinner. We went to the casino and those buffet's are expensive. $26.00 spent. And believe me there is no way that I ate $26.00 worth of food. What a rip off, but it was to see family so I am very happy that I made the trip. I had to put gas in my car for $40.00 and then went to lunch after church on Sunday for $12.00. As if this wasn't an expensive enough weekend, I had to go shopping for a black dress for old roommate's wedding. While I didn't find a black dress I found two shirts at Banana Republic if $118.34. Ouch....

Grand total for the weekend -$240.39. Good thing payday is Wednesday!!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Another Goal

I have signed up to run a half-marathon with my roommate. She is a avid runner, but I can barely run a mile. Ha. We started training on Monday and once I can run for 30 mins straight we are going to kick it in high gear. We have decided to run the MS Blues Marathon. The MS Blues Half Marathon is Jan. 3rd so I should have plenty of time to get my butt in shape. I will make regular posts as I progress.

Has anyone run a half-marathon. What do I need to do to adequately train? Did you start off without ever really being a runner before? I am a little nervous now that I have committed myself, but I will feel so accomplished to complete it before 30.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sidebar Updates

It is that time of month again - time to deposit money in my savings accounts and update my sidebars! This is a great feeling. Especially, since I reached my goal of having $3,000 in an Emergency Fund. I actually have $3,152.78. Now, I must decide if I want to increase my Emergency Fund goal up to $5,000 or put any money above the $3,000 into my student loan debt repayment. I wanted to pay $10,000 in student loan debt repayment this year, and I am going to be shy if I don't start allocating more money. But, with the market the way that it is I am a little nervous to get rid of cash. Any suggestions??????

As far as my other two goals:

My travel fund is standing at $301.24 and my Gift Fund is at $426.04. My gift fund should be close to $700.00 by Christmas time, but I hope not to have to use that much. Of course, I have two weddings to attend before then.

Friday, September 19, 2008


This weekend I am going on a girl's weekend to the Gulf Coast. And we are all super excited. The 3 other girls that I am going with just found out yesterday that they passed the Mississippi Bar Exam and are now officially Attorneys. That being said, there is a lot to celebrate this weekend. For me, it is more of a time to get away and hang out with some good friends. And explore my new single hood.

As for the financial aspect of this weekend...I am bring $180.00 and hoping that is all that I am going to need.
Hotel Room - Comped by the Aunt (thank you dearly, without you it would be a much more expensive weekend)
Gas - $30.00
Vet to kennel my dog - $25.00
Entertainment money - $125.00 - This will be for all food, gambling, drinks, bar covers, etc. We are basically planning on going out all night and sleeping in late and relaxing by the pool all day if not too cold or raining.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


After reading Fabulously Broke in the City's blog entry this morning, I decided that maybe it was time for me to make some goals for myself. I believe this will help me determine who I am and what I am capable of doing for myself. Some of the things on this list are a little scary for me personally, but they are all attainable in my mind. That being said, here are the ten goals that I would like to accomplish before turning the big 3-0!

In no particular order. . . .

1. Go skydiving: My cousin recently did this and absolutely loved it. She is the cousin that could convenience me to do anything and we would have fun at it. She actually called and asked me if I wanted to go with her on my 26th Birthday, but I already had plans and she lives 6 hours away. Now, I wish that I would have gone. But, it is never too late to give it a shot.

2. Travel abroad: Another regret that I have is never going international during my college studies. I was signed up to go, then September 11 happened and my parents did not want me to leave the Country. While understandable, I definitely want to take a European vacation by the time that I am 30. Additionally, my aunt and uncle live in Korea. My father and step-mother are planning to go visit them sometime in the year 2009 and I would love to go with them.

3. Scuba Diving: The past June I went to the Bahamas for the first time. I looked into getting scuba certified and going scuba diving with the "ex", but we didn't have enough time. I would like to get scuba certified in the States within the next couple of years and take another trip to a beautiful location and go scuba diving.

4. Reduce student loan debt under $80,000. I know that $80,000 is still a lot of money. And if I thought that I could possibly reduce my student loan debt within the next 3 1/2 years to less than $80,000 I would definitely strive for that goal. I just don't see how it is possible with all the other ambitions that I have and want to accomplish.

5. Own a house and put at least 20% down. With the amount of student loan debt that I currently have, it is impractical to own my own house. I would be spreading myself financially too thin. But I hope that I can save at least 20% for a down payment and own a house by 30.

6. Be bar certified in D.C. I am qualified to be bar certified in Washington D.C. I just have yet to take the required time and get all my application paperwork and money in to the commission. Not to mention, that it requires traveling to D.C. to get certified. I have never been to D.C. and cannot wait to go.

7. Go white water rafting.

8. Open a Roth IRA. I know, I know. Many of you are probably reading this and cannot believe that I do not already have one. But, I plan on opening one this year and contributing $5,000/or the maximum for every consecutive year.

9. Buy a new car. My car is currently 7 years old and has $88,000 miles on it. It is still in good working condition, but I want a new one.

10. Own a piece of furniture not previously owned before me. What girl doesn't want something that she has picked out solely for herself.

What are some of the goals that you want to accomplish for yourself??? You never know, I may add to my list based on your suggestions.

Monday, September 15, 2008


Sunday was a house cleaning day for the roommate and I. We decided after church and lunch to both meet back up at the house and spend the afternoon cleaning. And boy did it turn into a project. I decided that cleaning meant purging my closet of all the clothes that I have either (1) not worn since the beginning of the year or (2) have never worn. I was particularly surprised at how many clothes that I had in my closet that still had the price tags on them. You know, the ones that your grandmother gives you for Christmas that you would never be caught dead in. Well, after several hours, I ended up with approximately $1,000 worth of clothes to donate. I made sure to donate whole outfits. Someone is going to get really lucky. Most of the clothes were in pretty good shape, either just did not fit me the way that I would have liked, were too big, or were just not my style. My closet still seems a little cramped, but I am happy to be getting rid of the clothes that I purged.

Mission for the week: get the bags to goodwill and keep track of my tax credit.

Side note: I am well aware that I could probably sell the majority of the clothes on Ebay. Especially, the ones with the price tags. However, I do not have the time or energy to list all of the clothes, package them up, and ship them out. Call me lazy, but I would rather just donate them.

Meal Plan Monday

Now that things have started to settle down, I am going to try and get back in my old routine of planning my meals a week in advance. So, here is my menu plan for this week:

Monday - Banana Foster French Toast (it is left over from brunch yesterday).
Tuesday - Pork Chops with dirty rice (my old roommate is coming over to hang out)
Wednesday - Leftover pork chops and dirty rice
Thursday - Noodles and Tomato Juice
Friday and Saturday - going out of town with three girl friends. Eating out (coming out of my travel fund).
Sunday - Noodles and Tomato Juice

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Made it Through Another Weekend

I made it through another weekend, but I can officially say that I am broke. Going out all the time is very hard on my pocket book. I have not been doing well on making the rational, pinch the pennies, decisions. I am afraid to even type the amount of money that I spent this past weekend. Here is goes:

Gas before the hurricane: $40.00
Wine for dinner: $14.50
Dinner: $63.00 (One of the best 5 course meals that I have ever had and completely worth it).
Drinks after dinner: $17.00

Lunch: $12.00

Donation: $3.00
Brunch: $20.00
Grocery run: $45.23

Total weekend spending: $214.73. Ouch.....Not to mention there are two more weekends left in September. I have got to get myself in control. This week I am going to try and do dinner and lunch at home until Friday and then me and three girl friends are heading to the Coast to the casino. I doubt that we do a lot of gambling. Just plan on laying out by the pool and checking out the bars at night. I am really looking forward to a weekend away. I am thinking that this next weekend will have to come out of the travel fund. That's why I say for travel, right? What did everyone else do that was fun for the weekend?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Living Arrangements Part 2

I heard back from the realtor and they will let me sign a seven month lease. That works out great for me. I have plenty of time to find the "perfect" place and I will not be stuck by the "ex" for too much longer. The roommate is willing to relocate. She has no personal preference on where we live, but wants to live together. That is good news for me. Everything is working out fine. I tend to worry for nothing. Thanks again for all your comments. They really help me rationalize things.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Living Arrangements

Yesterday after work, my roommate and I meet with the new real estate agency that has taken over managing our duplex. The new agency wants us to sign a 12 month lease, but I am not sure that I want to sign more than six months. My concerns are linked to the "ex." Conveniently or inconveniently now, the "ex" lives approximately five houses down from me on the same road. Therefore, we are both forced to drive by the other's house everyday. While this is not a problem so much right now, once either one of us starts dating again, I think it will become a big problem (at least for me). I am sure that he will start dating again before I do because I am not emotionally ready right now.

Anyways, I am now stuck with the decision on whether I want to move out now or sign a new 12 month lease. While me moving makes the most sense - the "ex" owns his house, he actually bought his house first, and I took a job that now requires me to commute 20 mins each way - the rent is very reasonable, it is not an apartment, a can have my dog, and it really helps to have a roommate to split all the bills with me. I LOVE the place that I am living in at this point in my life. I just hate the fact that I cannot get over the "ex" because he is right there. I am terrified of the day that I notice a girl at his house.

I am just really not in the mood to make life altering decisions right now. I need time to process all the things that are happening in my life and make a sound decision on what I WANT. That is way I would prefer to sign a six month lease. I have tried negotiating with the real estate agency. They are supposed to cal me back to let me know if they agree with my terms. I refused to sign the new 12 month lease yesterday while I was at the office because I am not sure that is the best decision for me.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Hard Night

Last night was a very hard night for me. I had a very productive day at work and wanted nothing more than to go home, work out, eat dinner and relax. Well, things did go as planned, but were made worse by the "ex." I got home to discover that the "ex" had delivered all of my belongings from his house to my room apparently while I was at work. This was made worse by him not even leaving a note. I have not heard ONE word from him since he called it quits. If it hadn't sunk in that we were no longer a couple, it is bright and clear now. M.E.N.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Weekend #2

This past weekend was weekend #2 being single. The weekend started off great. I got home from work, ate dinner, and got ready for a big night out. I meet up with a few friends and we headed out to the bar where I successfully only spent $10.00. Then it was time for bar #2. This bar wasn't as great as I thought that it would be although I had a good time. It just wasn't my scene anymore (would have loved it at 21). Ended up having a guy buy my drinks and therefore didn't spend a dime. Headed home and went to bed.

Saturday was pretty busy. I slept until almost eleven, which is unheard of for me. I then headed to meet three girlfriends for a day out. We went shopping and all ended up buying nothing. Afterwards we went for snow cones. Fun times. When I got home, I wasn't really in the mood for going out. Therefore, the roommate and I decided to go rent movies. If you haven't seen Charlie Bartlett, it is a must. The funniest movie I have seen in awhile.

On Sunday, I went to church, had lunch with the roommate, played tennis, and then watch another movie - all before 5:00. Afterwards, I was bored silly. I am not used to having free time and it is really hard on me. I don't like being idle because my brain works overtime and I need to stay busy. This was by far the hardest day for me since the "ex" and I broke up.

All in all, it was a relaxing weekend. Although, I cannot believe that I am going to say this - I was actually looking forward to coming back to work on Monday. This weekend I am going to try and stay extra busy.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Wednesday Night

Another night out with the girls and another $20 spent. I know that I cannot keep doing this forever, but right now it is so much fun and exactly what I need.

I also went to the grocery store and spent $36.09. Hopefully I have enough groceries for lunch and dinner to last until next Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Going Out

I always thought being in a relationship was tough on my pocketbook. The "ex" and I had plans every weekend (usually traveling somewhere) and ate out a lot. Even when we weren't eating out, we still prepared lunches and dinners everyday, but being single again is just as expensive. Last night my roommate and I went out for dinner and drinks. We had a great time chatting and enjoying ourselves. My total at the end of the night was $10.58. While that is not too bad, if it becomes an every night occurrence it could start to catch up to me. I just don't want to sit at home and "think." I am relatively young -26, single, and hoping to discover how to be alone.

I am not sure what I have planned for tonight, but I am going to lunch with a friend. Then tomorrow, I am treating myself to a mani and pedi. I plan on hitting the town this weekend and need to look HOT. So, as of now, my blog is going to be about the cost of being single and discovering myself. Don't worry, I won't forget about savings and retirement, but they will just be on the back burner for a few weeks.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First Weekend Single

I had a really good weekend staying busy and trying to remember that I am now officially SINGLE. On Friday night, I decided to stay in town and go out with the old roommate. The party that she basically had to "drag" me to ended up being a lot of fun. I met several people that she works with and their friends. It was great to get out of the house and not have to sit at home worrying that my life is a disaster. I even met a HOTT Ortho doctor. While he didn't get my number, I had a good time visiting nonetheless and he wasn't hard on the eyes. A welcomed distraction!

On Saturday morning I drove home in just enough time to get ready and head to the La Tech/Miss State football game. If you can believe it, La Tech beat Miss State 22 - 14. It was a close game that had the stadium packed until the very last hike of the football. Afterwards, it was late so I headed back to my mother's house to visit.

On Sunday, the family drove over to Shreveport to go boating and cook out for the Labor Day holiday. I attempted to wake board and got up on the very first time. This is something new for me because until this weekend I would have never attempted to wake board. I was too much of a chicken and afraid of failure. But I DID IT!

Monday morning, I got up early and headed back home. I wanted to leave Louisiana before the hurricane affected the northern area where I am from. Good thing I did too because my parents have been stuck without electricity, and I am at work. Once home, I had four friends come over for drinks and to play games. It was another welcomed distraction. I cannot allow myself idle time right now. I need to put myself out there and hope for the best. Thanks for all the support lately from my great readers......Even though I don't know any of you personally, your words work incredible miracles. They soothe my heart and let me know that I am not alone in my feelings.

Friday, August 29, 2008


I know this blog is supposed to be about personal finance, but right now it is going to be about my mid-life crisis and being newly single. I am extremely hurt and angry right now. In fact, I don't really know how I feel. Alone, lost, disappointed, angry, tired, pathetic, emotional, weak, like crying.....Last night, I found out that the "ex" (that is what I am going to start calling him) left to go to Destin for the long weekend with a newly single guy friend of his. This newly singe guy friend and his finance get ended things after pushing their wedding date back twice. I have tried to be supportive of our friend and let the "ex" hang out with him several times a week since I have started a new job and working long hours anyways, but apparently misery loves company. What makes me so mad is that we were all planning on going to Destin together and leaving after work today. Which means that the "ex" and newly single guy having been planning this. I understand that the "ex" didn't just do this on a whim and probably thought about it and I understand that he is probably in a bad place right now too and needed to get away, but it still makes me mad. Grow some balls.....That is how I feel. If you were planning on doing this, don't end things the morning that you are planning to go out of town for a fun weekend. You suck.

I know these posts are really negative and if you don't like reading these things I completely understand, but it feels so much better to put it in writing. I am having so many feelings. However, I am going to put one foot in front of the other and take it day by day. That is all that I can do.

On a better note, the old roommate, the new roommate and I all went out to dinner last night. We had a great time, consumed a lot of beer and then consumed a lot of vodka, and I didn't cry one bit. I love it when your friends really step up and know how to be there for you. I am so grateful to have these friends. So, I have a decision to make - (1) do I go out with old roommate again tonight to hang out with some of her work friends that I don't know so that I can meet some more great friends or (2) do I go home and visit my family? I am definitely going home to visit family, I just don't know if I should go tonight or in the morning. I just don't know how fun I will be at meeting new people when I am heart broken. I don't want to be make everyone miserable. And I doubt that I am a whole lot of fun to be around right now. Any advice?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pitty Party

I am having my own pitty party today because the bf of three plus years broke up with me this morning. He said that we have been talking about getting married for a little over a year, have gone to look at wedding rings, and he cannot seem to want to buy one. So, even though he supposedly wants to marry me and supposedly loves me, he doesn't know what it holding him back and therefore is letting me go because it isn't far that we keep dating.

I am very disappointed in him and the situation. I think that he is selfish. I think that he is selfish by not taking a leap of faith in himself, in me, in our relationship. I think he is selfish for making this decision by himself and not talking with me about it. I think that he is selfish in the fact that he doesn't want to get married because that requires a lot of sacrifices that he obviously is not ready to make.

I know that it sounds like I don't love him and that he is not the right guy for me (and maybe he isn't), but you cannot help who you love. And even though he is all of these things, I still love him. And I still think that it can work, but I don't want to be in a relationship when someone is not giving it their all. I don't want someone to love me because they feel like they have too. Plus, this is my pitty party, I can say all the mean things I like.

The hardest thing is that I wasn't prepared for this AT ALL. I had no idea that things weren't happening as we had been talking about. I am completely shocked. I am an emotional wreck. I am pissed off. And I am sad. I know that marriage is a BIG step, but I am ready to get married and start a family.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Free Jewelry

I didn't have the turn out that I expected last night. I don't know whether people just don't have the money to spend on jewelry so would rather not attend and therefore not feel obligated to buy or whether it just wasn't a good night or whether my friends just really aren't good friends after all. I am hoping it was one of the first two and not the last. However, out of the 5 girls that I did have show up, they really spent the dough. I ended up having $760 of jewelry purchased; thus, giving me $380 in FREE JEWELRY.

That is where the sales pitch comes in because it wasn't exactly free. I had to pay taxes and shipping. The shipping wouldn't have been so bad, but the taxes on $380 are a bit steep. All in all, I spent $93.60. This money is definitely coming out of next month's shopping budget as I have depleted all of this month's budget. So, I put it on a credit card. OUCH... At least I will get rewards from my credit card and can pay it back before interest kicks in.

On the bright side, I got 17 pieces of jewelry for $93.60. I am excited to add this jewelry to my wardrobe as I hardly have any jewelry at all.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Jewerly Party

The time has come for me to host my very first jewelry party. And I must say, it isn't even over with and I will NEVER do one again. Not only is it costing me money - $30.00 in food and drinks for the guest, but a lot of time and energy making sure that there is a good turnout for the party. It is exhausting calling everyone to make sure that they remember that the party is tonight and that they have directions to my house. Don't get me wrong, I am glad to help a friend out who is starting a new side business. However, I feel that I have now done my duty and don't think that I will venture to do it again. This just isn't my thing.

So, I am crossing my fingers and hoping that my friends come to the party and buy jewelry. If I can get at least 12-15 girls to come, I will be happy.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Hearing - Part II

I had my very first hearing in front of a Chancellor this morning. And guess what...it wasn't as bad as I had expected. I know everyone was telling me that it wasn't a big deal and that I would do fine, but those people had a significant amount of hearings under their belt. This was my very first one. The chancellor was very nice, I had all my ducks in a row, and she signed off on all the appropriate paperwork. I filed it with the chancery clerk's office and voila, my first case is under way! Oh the little things that bring me joy in life. This was made even more exciting by the fact that when I got to the car, the bf had left me a text message wishing me luck. That really made me smile.

Afterwards, on my way back to the office, I decided to stop by my last office that I left three weeks ago. It seems that I got out just in the nick of time. There was been drama, drama, and more drama, since I left. And let me tell you, I do not particularly like drama. I tend to prefer, peace and harmony. Ha.

Let me not kid myself though, I have not had peace and harmony at my new job either. Well, I take that back, in the office it has been very peaceful and harmonious, but the clients always call in an uproar and want to curse you out. What can I expect...they hired me because they were in a bind in the first place. Ha. However, it has been very interesting and full of experiences since I have arrived and I thank God everyday for making this an easy choice for me. I am super glad that I picked this firm over the others to come work for even if I lost out on potentially ($15K extra a year). Money isn't everything, right? My happiness has to count for something.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! My 3 year old niece is coming to stay the weekend so I am sure it will be interesting and exhausting.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I finally have a free minute in my day to actually write a meaningful post, but guess what...I am too tired to think of anything meaningful on the financial front. I am struggling badly this month with my money. I have no set budget, have been out of town three weekends and am planning to go out of town for Labor Day, but have little to no money to my name. It sucks! That is about all I can say.

Gas prices are killing my budget. Food prices are killing my budget. Needless to say, my budget has been eliminated this month. Anyone with advice on how to better prepare starting next month, please send it my way.

Right now, I don't even want to think of my financial well-being because I am barely staying above water without charging on my credit card.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


I HAVE MY FIRST HEARING IN FRONT OF A CHANCELLOR THIS FRIDAY MORNING. Is it okay to be nervous, because I am! While I am fully prepared, i.e. have all materials ready, it is still a little scary to go in front of the "big dogs." But it is exciting as well. I am sure once I get a couple under my belt, it will just be a job. I am now being to realize the look on people's faces when they were standing in front of the justice that I was working under at the Mississippi Supreme Court. However, I will be on a much smaller scale as far as importance (at least this is what I keep telling myself). Wish me luck!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Meal Plan Monday

I know it has been a couple of Monday since I have posted a meal plan. Believe me when I tell you, I definitely spend more money without a set plan on what's for dinner during the week. I don't always follow a strict schedule, but going shopping and buying exactly what you need for at least five meals for the week helps out tremendously. It has gotten so out of hand, I cannot even begin to estimate the amount of money I have spent on food lately. With that being said, I am going to try and go back to Meal Plan Mondays. Up for this week:

Monday - Mozzarella Chicken with Spanish Rice
Tuesday - Chicken Piccata over Angel Hair Pasta
Wednesday - Pork Tenderloin with Veggies
Thursday - Tacos with chips and Salsa
Friday - Pizza

This weekend is up in the air.


I am going to have to rack up on the no spend days during the next two weeks. Not only do I have 4 left to meet my goal of 8 no-spend days for the month of August, but I only have $75 left in my checking account for the month. Having two HUGE spending weekends at the beginning of the month (Dave Matthews and Bachelorette Party) has depleted my monthly budget. It is going to be tough, but hopefully I can make it without drawing any money out of my emergency fund. Technically, I have $50 which I can pull out for the co-pay for my emergency room visit.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Lunch Out

Every since I started this new job, I find it harder and harder to bring my lunch. (I guess not technically bring it, but eat it). At my last job, I was approximately 2 miles away from home. That was perfect! I got to leave the office, let my dogs out and eat lunch, all in the quiet space of my/or my bf's home. That is no longer the case. I now have a 12 mile commute to work, making it impractical (and almost impossible with only one hour) to go home for lunch. I have been attempting to bring my lunch with me to work, but let's face it...that sucks. Not so much the food, but the part about never leaving the office. I just cannot stay in my office and not take a little break from work. So, instead I have been going to lunch with my boss & co-workers. I know this is going to start getting rather expensive, that's where you all come in - what can I do to make bringing my lunch and staying at the office a better option? As sad as it is to say, the savings is not enough motivation.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Half Way There

As of yesterday, I am half way to reaching my goal of 8 no spend days for the month of August. The best part is that it is only the 13th, so there are plenty more days ahead to reach this attainable goal.

For those of you who were going to participate in this challenge, how many no-spend days have you had thus far?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bachelorette Party Spending

I am sure all of you are dying to know if I was able to keep under my $150 spending budget for the bachelorette party. Let me preface my spending by saying that this does not include the spending for the Lingerie Shower (although that wasn't too bad). In fact, I ended up having plenty of help. The bride's sister sent $100 check to help, the bride's future sister-in-law brought two appetizers and the cake, and a friend of the bride brought alcohol for the weekend plus two appetizer. So split between my mother and I for the lingerie shower were - finger sandwiches, shrimp with cocktail sauce, dip with chips, cheese ball with Frito's, mints, punch and nuts. For about $45 a person. I spent the bride's sister's $100 on the decorations, plates, forks, cups, etc.

Now for the Bachelorette Party:
Hotel Room - $38
Dinner at Rendezvous - $30
Two lunches - $27.00
Gas - $25
Drinks (mostly bought by guys out on Beale Street) - $15.00

Total Spending - $135.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Emergency Fund

I have been saving religiously in an Emergency Fund, and I am now thankful that I did. This past weekend in Memphis, I had an unfortunate accident and ended up breaking my thumb. (yes, you read that right, my thumb). I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon in the emergency room for a temporary split and made an appointment today to see a orthopedic doctor. I am not sure what this little accident is going to cost me, but I am sure it is not going to be cheap. I already had to pay a $50 co-pay at the ER yesterday.

The worst part is that I am in limbo as far as insurance goes. I am covered but with starting a new job I don't have all the paperwork processed or any insurance cards. I am not sure if I am going to have to pay out-of-pocket and then try to get the insurance company to reimburse me or what.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Lingerie Shower

The time has come for the Lingerie Shower/Bachelorette Party weekend. We are going to have so much fun, I can hardly stand it. But of course, nothing ever goes exactly as planned...

For instance, Wednesday night I had two different girls call and RSVP for the shower. And while that is wonderful for the bride, it is trouble for me. I only booked one hotel suite (three queen beds) for six girls, well with two more coming that is eight girls in ONE room. I tried to call and get another room, but apparently it is the start of Elvis week in Memphis and every room is taken. Where are these people's manners? Who lacked in the etiquette department about RSVPing? It wouldn't be so bad, except we ARE GOING OUT OF TOWN. Where did you think that you were going to sleep? Both girls said they wouldn't mind sleeping on the floor (which is exactly where they are going to be), but come on girls, we are 26+ years old. We all have jobs and can afford a room without splitting one room between 8, count them 8, girls. And sleeping on the floor is the only solution. So girls - bring your blankets and pillows because it is going to be a long night.

In better news, I have so much fun stuff for the weekend. I have bling rings (thanks Sallie's Niece for the great idea), I have white boas because we are all wearing black dresses, I have candy necklaces, I have glow in the dark bracelets, I have a game of "truth or dare", I have the bride a "suck for a buck" t-shirt, and a fabulous veil.

Also, this is exactly what I need after a very stressful, fun, relatively easy-going, first week of work. It has been hard to plan all of this, but it will be well-worth it if the bride has a great time. She is truly one of the most thoughtful, considerate, nice, fun girls in my life.

And don't forget the budget, I am hoping to come out of this weekend spending less than $150.00. I will let you know if that is possible at the beginning of next week. So far, so good.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


I cannot even begin to relay what a big difference this job is from my last job. My last job at the Court was not stressful at all, 35 hours a week, minimal work, slow, easy, and steady. This new job however, is none of those things. It is fast paced, exciting, challenging, mind-boggling, and a whole lot of fun. I have not gotten home before 7:00 after getting in at 8:00 that morning. I have been working non-stop and loving every minute of it. I definitely think that I have picked the right firm to work for and could not be happier with my decision. I now understand what people mean when they say, sometimes you just have to put it down and go home. I could be in this office non-stop for the rest of my life and never take a break. There is just that much to do. And boy does it make the day go by faster.

I LOVE the people in the office. They are helpful, understanding, courteous, and fun to be around. We laugh, joke, and are serious when something is urgent and needs to be done. I have been given my very first client of my own and actually had to call them today. But I was ready. I am ready to gain experience and begin the start of my career. And I am so glad to have family and friends that support that decision.

My father sent me flowers on my first day of work, and what a difference that made. To know that I have his support and that he knew this was going to be a stressful day for me. My mind has been running non-stop. I cannot seem to get a good night's rest because all the things that I have to do the next day are running though my head. Can you tell that I am excited? This is what I have been waiting for!!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Things have been really hectic around here with starting a new job. Just stay with me. I promise I will be back to posting regularly very soon.

As for any updates...I was able to stay within my budget for the Dave Matthews show this past weekend and hope to not spend more than $150 this upcoming weekend for my old roommates bachelorette party in Memphis. I have actually had several people help towards the cost which makes the whole experience better.

Food prices are drastically increasing. I have almost decreased my food budget for as far I as can without cutting out meat. That may be my next option if prices don't stop rising.

As soon as I can get the numbers crunched, I will post how I fared last month in my budget.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Updated Sidebars

Emergency Fund - $715 (cannot wait to reach my $3000 limit and start saving for a new car!)

Travel Fund - $100

Gift Fund - $500 (Being prepared for Christmas is going to be so nice.)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Starting a New Chapter

Today is my last day at the Mississippi Supreme Court. I am feeling so many emotions. I am thrilled, excited, hesitant, sad, inspired, the list could go on and on. I have had such a wonderful experience at the Court. From making new friends, having a great boss that is laid back and a pleasure to work for, having a great suite of employees willing to help each other out, flexible hours, long lunches, breakfast on Friday. . . you get the point. While I am hesitant to leave this job because it is familiar and I am great at it, I am really excited to start the beginning of a new chapter in my life. What I would classify as "REALLY practicing law." I know that this new chapter is not always going to be grand, but it probably is going to be a roller coaster with many ups and downs trying to find my way. However, that is half the fun - learning about yourself, your capabilities, and impressing others with your willingness to take on any obstacle.

I have the long weekend off to enjoy myself, and I am going to take the time to mentally prepare myself for this next chapter.

Anyone been through a similar experience lately that can lend some advice?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I have a lot running through my head right now, so this is going to be sporadic.

  • I made my 8th no spend day for this month yesterday!

The only bad part is that I am sure that I will make up for it this weekend in Memphis. A girl can only save so much, right?

  • I spoke with my future boss yesterday.

My first day is Monday, so I am supposed to go by this afternoon and tell him how I want my office furniture to be placed. I am really excited. I have been working for the State for two years now, and we do not have such perks here. In fact, your furniture stays how "they" place it. I am also thrilled to meet everyone that I will be working with at my new office. I have only had the opportunity to meet some of the people, but today I will get a chance to meet EVERYONE. I hear only good things about the people that work in the office, so that is a good sign.

  • My jewelry came in yesterday.

I can finally mail my step-mother her birthday gift! (Her birthday was July 17th). Better late than never.

Otherwise, I don't really have too much going on in my world. I am super busy at work trying to wrap up all of my projects since tomorrow is my last day. I am driving home tomorrow after work to get my hair done Friday morning and then driving directly back to head to Memphis for the weekend. August is looking to be just as expensive as July. I am going to be broke....

Monday, July 28, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

This week's menu is a little harder to put together. We have several evening obligations to attend.

Monday night one of the bf's best friend's from high school and her husband are in from San Diego and we are supposed to be going to dinner with them.

Tuesday - Spaghetti with toast. (This has been on the menu for weeks, but we have yet to eat it.)

Wednesday - Totinos - Cheap and easy. I have gone way over budget this month in food.

Thursday - The bf has another set of friends coming into town from Charlotte, NC. He is supposed to be having dinner with them. I am unable to make it because I am driving home Thursday night to get my hair cut on Friday morning and then heading straight back for our weekend in Memphis.

Friday - Rendezvous in Memphis.

Saturday - Unsure - we are heading to the Dave Matthews Concert.

Weekend Spending

I didn't do too bad this past weekend in spending. Here is a recap:

Friday night - wine for dinner - $14.42.
Saturday - 2 books at border's. One for Bachelorette Party and one for myself - $29.19.
- Dinner - $50 gift certificate
Sunday - No Spend.

Grand total: $43.61.

Of course, it did help that my mother was in town and bought most of the meals. My bf bought our lunch on Saturday and I contributed a bottle of wine for Friday's dinner and $50 in a gift card on Saturday night, but other than that, Mom picked up the tab.

Friday, July 25, 2008


While I am not as gun hoe about Premier Jewelry as most of the guest at the purse party last night, I did do some good networking. In fact, I met up with a lady last night that I had previously met and chatted with at the jewelry party I attended. She is a real estate agent and is looking for an attorney to close her loans. I told her about my new venture into private practice and we exchanged business cards. Guess what - she stopped by my new office and asked if I had started working there yet. When they told her I would not start until August 4, she said that she would be back. She relayed that my co-workers are really excited for me to come start working, and she is really excited to start doing business with my firm. Not only have I made a new friend, but I have made a new networking contact!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Such a Sucker

That is me...summed up in a nutshell. I just broke my no-spend streak by purchasing a 70 cent snickers bar in the vending machine at work. I thought that I could resist, but just couldn't.


As I previously mentioned, I am hosting a bachelorette party for my old roommate the second weekend of August. We are having her Lingerie shower at my house on Friday night and then heading to Memphis to party on Saturday night. I originally had wanted to plan her party closer to her wedding (in October), but the other girls that volunteered to help ALL wanted the second weekend in August. *

Well, yesterday I found out that ALL three other girls that volunteered to host her party have backed out and are not coming. Only one girl, her sister, is actually sending money to help defray the cost. This is frustrating because I do not have the money to cover all her expenses and I don't feel appropriate speaking with her about it. She has been a very dear and great friend to me and I know that if the situations were reversed she would plan my bachelorette party without any help. The help is not really the problem though because I can plan the party by myself, it is a money issue. The only solution that I can come up with, is after finding out who all is attending the events to send them an email asking for volunteers to bring appetizers to her Lingerie Shower. I expect whomever is staying in her hotel room is expecting to split her cost and at dinner/bars her friends are just going to have to pony up. Any other suggestions?

*The second weekend in August was inconvenient for me because I start my new job that week and am not sure what time I will get off for a party that starts at 7 at MY HOUSE.

Purse Night

Tonight I am attending purse night! I learned about purse night when I attended my friends jewelry party last week. Since I am hosting a jewelry party next month, I get a free purse and to preview the new jewelry line that will be available at my party. I am super excited. I suspect the purse will be cute (I will try to post a pic tomorrow), but even if it is not my style, I will have a free Christmas gift.

Something really suck in my head at last week's jewelry party. The hostess stated that her two favorite prices were "free" and "half off." She's not the only one!

I am finding that this jewelry party is really a great idea. Not only am I getting to make new friends, but I am connecting with old friends. I cannot wait to have all the girls over.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

August Plans

I have two very expensive weekends starting off August. The first weekend, the bf and I are heading up to Memphis to catch a Dave Matthews/Willie Nelson concert. Expenses include:

Ticket plus misc at concert - $100.00
Gas - $25 (we are riding up there with another couple)
Meals - $80 (one expensive dinner with drinks on Friday night and then Saturday and Sunday's lunch and dinner)
Vet - $30 (have to board my babies)
Birthday gift - $30 (t-shirt at concert. However, this will come out of my gift fund)

Total - $265
This money will come from various places including travel fund, gift fund, and groceries/dining out.

The following weekend I will be hosting my old roommate's bachelorette/lingerie party. We are again heading to Memphis. Expected cost for the weekend:

Food for Lingerie Shower - $100.00
Lingerie Gift - $30.00
Gas to Memphis -$35.00
Room - $75.00 (my share plus part of the bachelorette's)
Dinner - $50.00 (my share plus part of the bachelorette's)
Beale St. - $100.00 (my share plus part of the bachelorette's.)

Total - $390.00. WOW, things really add up.

I am hoping some of these costs will be defrayed by other friends willing to help. I may dish out some of the food responsibilities and others should help with her drinks and room. Needless to say, once the $390 is gone, that is all I have.

That is $655 in just two weekends. Look's like the other two will be low key.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Almost There

I have almost made my goal of 5 no-spend days for the month of July. I hit #4 yesterday and it feels GREAT to be so close to a goal. Especially, since I have done so terrible on my budget this month. I am going to have to take Bailey's comment seriously and only eat mac & cheese for the remainder of the month if I run out of other food.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Well, it is a start to a new week and a new menu! Here is what is on the list this week:

Monday - Spaghetti w/ toast or Meatloaf with oven roasted potatoes. (Haven't decided which one we will be having. We have turkey meat that needs to be eaten tonight. )
Tuesday - Blackened Chicken with Fettuccine
Wednesday - Pizza
Thursday - Baked BBQ Chicken, green beans, and rice
Friday - Tacos (I swear the bf loves Tacos and requests them every week.)
Saturday - Chicken Fajitas

Weekend Recap

I was very good this weekend, but I must admit it was because I had a little help. . . my mother came to town!!!!

My mother arrived Thursday afternoon just in time for my 6:00 tennis match. It was fun to have my mother there to watch me play because she is a very talented tennis player so she had a lot of pointers at dinner later that night. I just started playing tennis this year and have been taking lessons. Of course, I make very common mistakes for beginners, but it was interesting to hear how to fix the mishaps.

Friday morning we got up and took the dogs for a walk. I usually take the dogs for about a thirty minute walk. However, my mom and I decided to go an hour. Well, after about 45 minutes, my little baby (he weigh 6.4 pounds) decides that he has had enough and sits down refusing to get up. I ended up having to pick him up and carry him the remainder of the way. It was too cute. He was protesting the walk. Afterwards we went to lunch, and then had a lovely girls day out getting our nails and toes done (mom's treat). Friday night was pretty uneventful. I cooked dinner and then read a book until I feel asleep.

Saturday morning I had my first private tennis lesson (I have been taking group lessons once a week). Then after a little yard work, the bf, my mother and I went to the lake. That made for a very relaxing Saturday afternoon. We cruised the lake on the boat for about 5 hours at which time we were all starving and decided to cook steaks, asparagus, corn and baked potatoes. It was delicious!

Sunday we did it all over again at the lake except this time I got burned. The sacrifices we make to have fun. :)

My mom leaves today after lunch. I hate to see her go. We have such a great time every time she comes to visit. It would be nice if we lived in the same town.

FYI - I had my third no spend day on Sunday!!! Only two more to go to reach this month's challenge of 5 no-spend days. I think next month I may increase the number to 8. I will have to see it I hit my goal this month. Otherwise, it will stay at 5 until I can achieve it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Because I have been a little over zealous this month with spending, I had to withdraw $200.00 out of my emergency fund to make it through the rest of the month. I am hoping that I can manage NOT to spend all of the $200.00 and be able to replace some of the withdrawn funds at the end of the month. However, I have gone over in several categories.

So far the damage is:

Groceries - $301.26/$300
Shopping - $418.46/$150.00
Gas/Auto Maintenance - $247.36/$160

(Keep in mind that there are still two weeks left in July. I filled up my car yesterday with gas so maybe (highly unlikely) I will be able to wait until August before filling up again. But, I know that I will need to buy more food before the month is complete.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Jewelry Party Part 2

As I am sure that most you can guess, I am a sucker and ending up spending $48.69 at the Premier Jewelry Party last night. But, I killed two birds with one stone. Not only did I get myself two cute bracelets and a scarf, but I got my step-mother a birthday gift.

I got one bracelet by signing up to host a party in August. And guess what - I get 30% of my sales to use towards FREE jewelry. And if my guest spend over $450, I get 50% of my sales. Sounds great to me because there was a lot of very cute, affordable, jewelry that I would love to add to my collection for my new job.

In addition, by signing up to host a party I got my step-mother's gift for $10. I only had to purchase one item. (This is how I got suckered into buying the second bracelet that I got). If I didn't buy one item I had to pay full price for my step-mother's bracelet which cost $49.00. So, in the end, I won by getting both bracelets for $48.69.

I got the scarf for free also!

Although I have attended several of these parties, I have never actually hosted one. I think it is time my friends re-pay the favor and come over to shop!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Jewerly Party

One of my friends is having a premier designer jewelry party at her house tonight. You know the kind of party where you invite people over and then YOU, as the hostess, gets free or discounted stuff depending on how much your friend's spend. I told her that I would come, but I have absolutely no money to my name. I have gone a little wild this month spending (see Michael Kors purse) and I am at the point of no return. Is it rude to go to the party and not buy anything? I don't want to not show up at all, especially since I told her that I would be there, but I "DO NOT" have any money. What if I bring a friend that I know will spend money, would that be better? Have any of you ever been in this situation and if yes, how did you handle it?

Monday, July 14, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

It is the start of a new week and a new menu. This week I will be eating:

Monday - Lasagna, bread and salad
Tuesday - Hot dogs with chips
Wednesday - Dirty Rice
Thursday - Tacos
Friday - Spaghetti with Marinara Bread sticks
Saturday - I have yet to decide what we are having. We invited the neighbors that live across the street from the bf to come over and have dinner. So, we have to make something yummy.
Sunday - Leftovers

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Weekend Spending - OUCH

I think this weekend has caused me to go over in almost every category. I have spent relentlessly. But on things that I had to spend on.

I finally, I mean FINALLY, got my oil changed. Along with the oil change, I needed new windshield wipers and an air filter. Grand total at the shop - $75.16.

Then lunch on Saturday at a bbq restaurant for the bf and I - $12.60. A friend from high school of the bf's just opened this bbq restaurant and we told him that we would check it out.

Dinner Saturday night: $49.32. This included rib eye steak, baked potatoes, salad, and apple pie with ice cream for 3. It was delicious. We were cooking out at a friend's house.

Then the bf and I went on our weekly run to the grocery store (Walmart). We spent a lot. I hope that it is going to last us through most of the month because my grocery budget is minimal. For $126.35 (the bf and I split this, so my part wasn't this much) we got:

Brown Rice,
8 x 8 baking pan,
Fudge Ice Cream Pops,
3 lbs ground turkey,
2 cans of Tomato Sauce,
Mozzarella Cheese,
6 Smart Ones,
Pepper Jack Chicken Dinner,
Hot Dog Buns,
3 Bell Peppers,
2 boxes of Corn Bread Mix,
Taco Dinner Kit,
Onion Powder,
Onion Salt,
Garlic Powder,
Onion Soup Mix,
5 lbs hamburger meat,
24 pack diet coke,
Shaving Cream,
All Detergent,
Dirty Rice,
Trash Bags

Grand Total for the Weekend - $207.43

Friday, July 11, 2008

I've Been B-A-D

I have had this obsession lately with buying a new purse. Not only do I want one purse, but I want two. One chic bag for work and one clutch for the evening. Can you blame a women? So, after scouring ebay . . . I have finally purchased the work purse. It is a Michael Kors Chesterfield, medium sized, shiny black patent leather, satchel. It is absolutely adorable. Not to mention that I got it for a fraction of the actual cost. Essentially, I paid $157 for a bag that retails for $348 + tax. I cannot wait to get this little beauty in the mail. Wanna see a picture?

2nd No Spend

I had another no spend day yesterday, although I did drive a LOT. That is 2/5 for this month so far. It actually isn't as hard as I thought that it would be. I just have a feeling that on the days that I do spend, I am going to be spending more. We shall see. Now, if only I can continue the no spend streak through the weekend. I doubt it though, I really need groceries.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


I am beginning to get really nervous about starting my new job in August. It is not the feeling of not being qualified, it is the fact that it is change. A change in surroundings, a change in work, a change in people and a change in pay. There are a lot of money expenses that I have yet to work out.

First, my commute is increasing from about 4 miles round-trip to 30 miles round-trip. That means, either my gas budget will have to increase or I will have to move closer to work. I am not sure which option is better. Currently, I live in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with a friend. Living with a roommate keeps my cost of living low. I split rent and all bills. If I move, I will have to rent a place on my own for an extra $300, plus pay all bills alone. I don't think that I will be spending an extra $400 in gas every month for the longer commute. But gas prices are not the only consideration. I will have the wear and tear on my already 7 year old car. I won't be able to go home for lunch to let the dog out. And I will have to wake up at least an hour earlier (30 min commute and have to be at work 30 mins earlier). However, the bf will still be in the same location which is close to my current residence. Logically, we would split our time between our two places, but then we are both spending money on gas. Another solution may be to buy a new car that gets far better gas mileage. I will start a car fund soon and snowflake my ending balance each month into that account. Additionally, I can probably get about $7,000 for the car I currently own.

Second, I will have the cost of business cards, and possibly the cost of having to be admitted to more courts to practice law. This is NOT cheap people.

Basically, too many things are running through my head about starting my new job. Needless to say, I am starting to become stressed.

How have you coped in the past to starting a new job? Should I move closer to work or stay put? Do you think buying a new car with better gas mileage is a better option? The $400 I would spend to rent a new place each month could go towards a car payment and insurance.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

No Spend

Yesterday was my first no spend day for the month. I don't usually have very many of these, but maybe I will set a new goal for myself for this month and try to have at least five no spend days.

How many days in a month do you usually not spend a dime?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Chicken Piccata

anja3582 left me several great and easy recipes. I will give them a shot and let everyone know how they turn out. I know that the bf will be glad to eat something new since my recipe collection is rather limited. I finally made the chicken piccata last night. This is the bf's favorite recipe, so I thought I would share it since it is super easy to make and delicious. Of course, I cannot take credit for it, it came from about.com.

6 to 8 chicken breast halves, boneless, no skin (I used chicken strips. They are easier to cook and tend to brown better.)
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika, or to taste
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup chicken broth or water
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 to 8 thin slices of lemon
3 tablespoons capers (optional)

Put chicken breasts between 2 sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap; pound to flatten to about 1/4-inch.
In a shallow bowl, combine flour, salt, pepper and paprika; dredge chicken breasts to coat well.
Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet. Sauté chicken breasts in batches, about 3 minutes on each side.
Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of fat. Stir in chicken broth, scraping to loosen browned bits. Add lemon juice and heat through. Return chicken to the skillet with the lemon slices; heat until sauce thickens. Add capers, if using. Serve with your favorite pasta (I love angel hair pasta).

Monday, July 7, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

I must confess. . . every week while planning my menu I never stick with the particular days that I have down to make a certain meal. The menu plan is more of a guide to know what needs to be bought for the week so that I can survive with the food in the house. Because I had a rather expensive weekend and plan to have another in two weekends, I am hoping to make meals out of food already at the house. With that being said, here is my week's menu:

Monday - Chicken Piccata. I have had this on my menu every week for the past three weeks and have yet to make it. That means, I have all the necessary ingredients. So, I will definitely be eating this tonight.
Tuesday - Lemon Basil Pasta with Shrimp
Wednesday - Tacos with Salsa and Chips
Thursday - Baked Chicken, Rice, and Veggies
Friday - Spaghetti

I am unsure of what I have in the house to make for Saturday and Sunday. I know that I have a couple more packages of chicken and maybe one more package of hamburger meat. I will let you know what I have once it has been decided. I am pretty happy with this week's menu and hope that it saves me some money. I sure need it to. I don't know whether it is because it is summer time and I have more time after work to shop, but I have been spending money as fast as I make it. Not good :(
I had a great 4th of July at the beach. We got to the beach late Thursday night and went out and had a few drinks with some friends. The bf bought most of my drinks so I only spent about $15 at the bar. We got up early Friday morning, the bf went and got the boat out of dry storage while I made sandwiches and snacks for the afternoon. We headed out to Crab Island for the entire day and got back to the condo just before the fireworks started at 9. We were so tired from the long day on the water, we went to bed early. The next morning we did it all over again. But Saturday night we went out to eat at a really nice restaurant for dinner. Afterwards we headed to the bar for a few drinks. My total at the bar was $33.
Gas for the trip - $76.37
Ice for the boat - $6.14
Drinks for the boat - $20.82
Drinks at the bar Friday - $15
Drinks at the bar Saturday - $33.00

Grand total for the 4th of July weekend - $151.33. That means that I only went $1.33 over budget for the long weekend. Not to shabby.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy Independence Day

I will be out of pocket for the 4th and through the weekend so I wanted to say: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY AMERICA! I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July. I will be soaking up some rays and watching fireworks. Maybe a hamburger and hotdog in there too. My main goal for the holiday/weekend is to keep track of receipts and the categories I spent in. I tend to let my financial tracking slide while out of town. This weekend is going to be an attempt to do better. Will report back on Monday. Until then. . .

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

July Expenses

We are starting off July with an expensive meal out. My bf's college roommate, his wife, and their new baby are coming into town today. We are planning on meeting them out for dinner. With food and drinks, we are probably talking about $100.00. Which I am sure will be well worth it. The bf rarely gets to see his college roommate because he lives 6 hours away and they just had a baby. We went and bought a baby gift last night, but the bf paid so I will probably try to split dinner with him.

Besides tonight, this weekend is also going to be pretty expensive. We are leaving tomorrow after work to head to the beach until Sunday for the 4th of July. It is a tradition for the bf and I to go to the beach, spend all day out in the boat, and then watch the fireworks. I am pretty excited! However, we tend to eat out every meal except for breakfast. So, I am budgeting $100.00 for food and $50 for my share of the gas.

Other expenses for the month include:
a $200 registration fee for a convention which I am attending July 15-20.
gas and food while at the convention.
two birthday gifts.
several happy hours to celebrate friends birthdays.

The good news. . . I have two free weekends when I will be in town and don't have any plans. Hopefully during those two weekends I will be able to recoup the money that I am spending.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

June Tracking

June is officially over and it is time to see how I did on last month's budget.

I paid off my credit card debt!

Prescriptions: 175.55/50. I went way over budget this month in prescriptions. I combine my personal prescriptions for the month along with my pet's frontline/interceptor. This month I decided to buy a six month supply on frontline which cost me $55.00. I also had my dog's annual vet visit where he got several shots/vaccinations.

Utilities: 47.73/100.00. I am not sure if this is a true estimate of my monthly utilities because it is the first month the my new roommate has been there. So, there may be some utilities that were paid previously when old roommate had transferred the utilities that were in her name to her new house. I should get a better estimate next month.

Groceries: 153.60/200. There was a week when I didn't have to buy groceries because I was in the Bahamas. Otherwise this number would have been really close to over-budget.

Eating out: 41.67/100. I did rather well with eating lunches and dinner at home.

Misc: 217.15/130.50. This category always gets me. If I don't have another category to place my purchase I add it to the misc category. I tend to go over-budget every month in this area. Need to work on that.

Gas: 91.99/160. I didn't have a chance yesterday to fill up otherwise I would have because my gas tank is pretty low. If I added another $60 on this amount which is probably about what it takes to fill up my measly 14 gallon tank I would have been pretty close to budget.

That is how I did this month, how about everyone else?

Monday, June 30, 2008

SideBar Updates

I took the chance to update my sidebars this afternoon. My financial goals for the year are looking great. As soon as my emergency fund is complete, I need to really work on increasing my student loan payments each month to reach my $10,000 goal. This goal is not to eliminate $10,000 worth of debt (practically unaccomplishable for me right now), but to pay $10,000 on my student loans of which about $300 a month actually goes toward the principle. My sidebars are updated as follows:

$723 towards student loan repayment. (I have traditionally been paying $807 each month to student loan debt; however, with the feds dropping the rates and having private, unconsolidated loans, my monthly payment went down at least for now. So my goal is to eliminate all private, unconsolidated loans FIRST.)

$715 towards my emergency fund

$100 towards my travel fund

$85 towards my gift/Christmas fund. (I actually have a couple of gifts to buy this month. It is my niece's 3rd birthday and my step-mother's birthday. I am hoping to work the gifts in my budget for the month without taking any money out of my gift fund. I am not sure it is possible though.)

Menu Monday

This is a short week. Fourth of July is this Friday and the bf and I both have the day off. We are headed to Destin for a long weekend. I only have to plan meals through Wednesday evening. Hooray! Up this week is:

Monday - Leftover Pork Tenderloin, Twice Baked Potatoes, and Spaghetti Squash
Tuesday - Spaghetti, Marinara Bread sticks
Wednesday - Baked Chicken, Rice, Veggies

As you can tell over the past several Monday's post, we eat a lot of the same meals and always either have hamburger meat, chicken, or shrimp. I am looking to expand my recipe collection and try some new things. What are some easy recipes that you all cook?

Engagement Party

This was a relatively inexpensive weekend. When I say inexpensive, I don't mean that I didn't spend any money, I mean that for what I did, it wasn't that expensive. I went out of town to an engagement party. So, there was the cost of the hotel, gas, meals out, and drinks. Overall, I think that I spent roughly $125.00.

Last night, the bf and I grilled out at the house. We had pork tenderloin, twice baked potatoes, and spaghetti squash. It was fabulous and the best part is there are plenty of leftovers to get us through the beginning of the week. We are headed to the beach on Thursday evening, so I only have to meal plan through Wednesday night.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


I learned a valuable lesson today, CVS quickly runs out of their advertised items. I decided today was going to be the first day that I signed up for a CVS ECB card and start collections ECB's, but guess what - every item that I was going to get (toilet paper and ALL washer detergent) were already out. I am thinking that the trick is to go either Sunday, the day the CVS deals appear in the paper, or early Monday so as not to miss the sale item. I will give it another go on Sunday and let you all know how I did.

No News

I guess no news is good news on the financial front. I had a no spend day yesterday and plan on having the same today. The only necessary expense coming up for Friday is getting my oil changed. I was supposed to do that last weekend, but with all the shopping I did it didn't get done. No excuses this Friday. It is a must.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Free Lunch

Remember how I told you that my job ends July 31st and that I had to find another job because I was only employed under a two year contract as a law clerk? Well, each Justice has two law clerks. So the other law clerk in my suite's last day is June 30th because she started a month before I did. That means that our suite is going out to eat for lunch today to wish her a farewell and it is taken care of by the office. Good food, good company, and for a good price (free)!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Cocktail Attire

This upcoming weekend the bf and I are attending an engagement party out of town. We had originally planned to stay the weekend, but how cancelled our reservation for Friday night and decided to drive up Saturday morning. This leaves us with only the expense of one night's stay. $100 saved!

However, the engagement party requires cocktail attire, and I have nothing to wear. I may be able to put something together out of my closet, but I just don't want to. I am going to have to resist the urge this week to go shopping.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Menu Monday

This week the bf and I are going to try really hard to eat what we already have at the house and spend less than $30 total at the grocery store. This week's menu consist of:

Monday - Hot dogs and french fries
Tuesday - Chicken Piccata
Wednesday - Tilipia with garlic butter sauce, rice and veggies
Thursday - Tacos
Friday - Chicken Fajitas

Saturday we are going to an engagement party out of town.

It looks like we will only need a few items to make our meals complete. We need hamburger buns for bbq sandwiches for lunch along with chips, sour cream for the tacos, and tortilla shells for the fajitas. Other than those few items, we have everything else.


I failed miserably at my June goal to have one no-spend weekend. Not only did I spend, I spent a lot.

Friday Night
bottle of wine - $14.96

Saturday Afternoon
Belk - $40.93
Bath & Body Works - $20.29
I actually caught a great sale. I got 4 body washes, and 4 lotions at $2.37 each, regularly $9.50. So I got 8 items for the price of 2.
Borders - 19.52
Pet Smart - $12.08

Sunday Afternoon/Night
Raising Canes - $13.61 - Lunch for the bf and I.
Nagoya - $17.06 - Dinner with the roommate.

Total for the supposedly no-spend weekend: $138.45

Credit Card Debt-Free

I did it, I paid off my credit cards (well my only credit card that was carrying a balance). I had to take the money from my emergency fund, but it is paid in full. And I feel great about it.

My sidebars have been updated. Not only was I able to pay off my credit card debt, but I still have $826.40 in my emergency fund, $100 in my travel fund, and $85 in my gift fund. I am going to work really hard over the next couple of months and try to rebuild my emergency fund back to $3000 while still contributing $100 a month to travel and $85 a month to gifts. I am going to need the gift money for Christmas shopping and the bf and I love to travel, so I am sure that money will come in handy.

I am shouting at the top of my lungs "I AM CREDIT CARD DEBT FREE."

Friday, June 20, 2008

First Lunch

Today is the first day that I have eaten lunch out. I spent $11.00 at a hibachi grill with my administrative assistant. We had an excellent time and I am really proud of myself for eating in so much. In fact, this is the first money out of my $100 eating out fund for this month and it is already the 20th of June. It feels great to be sticking to a budget!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Applying for a Second Job

The law school that I attended is looking for an adjunct teacher to teach a small group class. The class with only meet once and then the adjunct with conduct one-on-one advisory sessions (it is a paper writing class) with each student to discuss their paper and give there corrected draft back for their final edits. I am going to apply for this position today. I like that the class can work around my schedule and that it will be a little extra money for Christmas time. I believe the payment is deposited into your checking account 10 days before Christmas which is a super bonus! Plus, it is a resume builder. (Although I am hoping not to have to use my resume anytime soon seeing as how I will start a new job in August).

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ta Da

I finally figured it out. Networthiq.com would not let me publish my net worth on my blog unless I made my net worth public. Go figure.

The net worth is up and running and will continue to be red until I reach a positive net worth. With a negative net worth of $92,063, I think that it box will be red for quite awhile. Those dang student loans. I digress.

Question for the Experts

I took the time today to calculate my net worth using networthiq.com. Can someone please explain to me on how I get my net worth graph on my blogger website. Thanks if advance.

Grocery Shopping

The bf and I had a rather inexpensive stop at the grocery store last night. This week I worked really hard at planning our weekly menu with items that were on sale at Kroger. My portion of the grocery bill for the week was $25.30. We bought:

green onions - 50 cents a bunch
strawberries - $2.50
grapes - $1.29 a pound
chicken - $1.79 a pound
Ragu - 3/$5
Fettuccine noodles
frozen french fries
grated Parmesan cheese - $4.99 (a little more expensive than I would have liked)
light cream cheese spread
premium beef hot dogs - 2/$5
wheat hot dog buns - $1.89
4 cheese rolls - $3.49
chicken broth - .69 cents
Tilipia - $6.99 a pound
instant grits
lemon juice - $1
chili sauce

That gives us enough chicken for six meals, tilipia, and hot dogs. We bought enough hamburger meat last week to make five meals. So the next few trips to the grocery store should be even less than the $50/$25 a person we have been trying to stay under. So far, so good, for this month. Too bad it isn't always this easy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Easy Shrimp Skillet

Last night's easy shrimp skillet was excellent. Not only was it easy to make, but it tasted delicious. I got the recipe off of www.kraftfoods.com. Here it is:

1 Tbsp. oil
2 cups sliced zucchini (about 2 small)
1/2 lb. frozen large shrimp, thawed
1 cup (about 1/2 of 14-1/2-oz. can) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 Tbsp. KRAFT Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing
1/2 cup ATHENOS Traditional Crumbled Feta Cheese
1 cup uncooked instant white rice, prepared as directed on package
HEAT oil in nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add zucchini; cook 1 min. Add shrimp; cook until shrimp turn pink, stirring occasionally.
STIR in tomatoes with their liquid and the dressing. Cook on low heat until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese.
SPOON over cooked rice. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

I left out the parsley and used Gorgonzola cheese instead of feta cheese because that it what I had at the house. I will definitely cook this recipe again!

Monday, June 16, 2008

This Weeks Menu

On the menu this week is:

Monday - Easy Shrimp Dinner
Tuesday - Spaghetti with 4 cheese Texas toast
Wednesday - Hot dogs and french fries
Thursday - Fettuccine Alfredo
Friday - Southern Shrimp and Grits
Saturday - Going over to old roommates new house for dinner

I am really trying to plan out my weekly meals and go to the grocery store once a week. I am hoping this helps my budget. My usual routine was to just go to the grocery store and try to put together enough stuff to last at least two weeks if not the whole month. Not only did I waste a lot of food this way, but I tended to buy things that I still have yet to used in an actual meal. And I had to make several trips to the grocery store every week to pick up items that I had forgotten. My new plan is to make a weekly menu and only buy what is necessary for that menu. This plan has worked much better over the past few weeks. I am actually eating everything in my fridge and not over-spending.

Weekend Spending

This weekend was a wonderful weekend. My father and step-mother came into town and we had the best time. It was a little sad when they left on Sunday because I already miss them so much. How did I do with spending this weekend? Really well. My father wouldn't let me pay for as much as I had planned. Go figure. I should have expected this, but I really wanted to treat him. Here is the run down:

Friday night dinner - free. The bf's father treated us all (the bf, this mother, my father, my step-mother, and me) to dinner on Friday night.

$25.00 on concert ticket. My father paid for the tickets for him and my step-mother. That meant that I was only responsible for mine. Well, my roommate's boss gave her tickets for the weekend and she decided not to go on Saturday so that meant that the bf and I each had free tickets for Saturday and only had to buy Friday night's tickets at $25.

Saturday morning breakfast - father treated.

Saturday night dinner - father treated.

$5 on a slice of pizza at festival. Since we ate an early dinner to have time to make it to the festival, I was hungry by late evening and had to get a slice of pizza out there.

That means out of the $200+ that I had budgeted for the weekend, I only spent $30.00. I have to say a pretty nice surprise!