Friday, June 1, 2018

2018 - 6/12 - June Goals

Hello June! I am insanely happy you are here. The weather has been beautiful lately - okay, not the last couple of days, but the last few weeks, absolutely gorgeous. Bring on the heat. I want more.

Last month I made 2 goals so I could just focus on them. It half worked? I went to the gym consistently, more than I have in a few months, though I definitely have room for improvement. Eating healthy was hit or miss, but mostly hit I would say.

The other goal was money related - no solo eating out, no buying books and no unnecessary expenditure. Failed spectacularly. 

This month, I want to focus on money. That's it. Of course I still want to go to the gym, eat well, paint my nails and catch up on netgalley books. But none of them need the focus that my expenditure does. And it really needs my focus.

So for June:

No unnecessary expenditure.

I have a quick girls trip this weekend, a wedding out of town in two weeks, a very expensive oral surgery. This will not be a cheap month, but there is no need for it to spiral out of control, which it will if I buy things I don't need, eat out instead of make my lunch, etc. 

In order to meet my goal, I am going to stay off the internet. Ha, jk. But I am not going to open any emails tempting me to buy things, I will not window shop. I will survive if a book goes on sale - it will likely go on sale again before I get around to reading it. I am going to pack my lunches and try to make cheap meals for dinner. Our girls trip includes Ikea, I can be sensible and not buy everything I see. We don't really have any social things planned besides the things I mentioned, so hopefully no extra money spent there. I can't think of anything extra I can do to stop spending money, but I am sure there are ways I can save money. 

Every dollar saved can go to something important, so it will be worth it.

Do you have any favourite cheap meals? Nothing super crazy like two minute noodles, but like a step up from that.

21 comments:

  1. I should really do this with you. A low spend month is just what we could use too. Ha!

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  2. I need to do that as well! I have a few recipes I can send you! Let me locate all of them & then I'll email them over to you!

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  3. Today starts my low/no spend month out of necessity with a very large bill hanging over my head due at the end. It has to be successful but then I'm also hoping to continue it into the following months. My cheap meals right now pretty much include peanut butter/jelly sandwiches (my lunch today!) and the quinoa/black beans/tomatoes from one of your earlier posts. :)

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  4. This month is going to be expensive here, too. I got some things for Memorial Day sales but really need to be careful the rest of the month. Instagram is worse for me as far as temptations than store emails but I can't seem to quit it! As for cheap meals, one of my go-to meals in college was a half pita pocket warmed with refried beans, melted cheese, and topped with taco sauce. Good times! LOL.

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  5. I have a no spend month going this month too! I gave my credit card to my husband and told him to hide it - if it's not there, I can't use it. Also send me all those meals that you're getting from everyone so I can join in the cheap fun. :)

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  6. http://www.notentirelyperfect.com/2017/09/cheap-meals-and-money-saving-tricks.html and http://www.notentirelyperfect.com/2017/02/cheap-and-easy-dinners.html I hope that helps!

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  7. Chris and I are trying so hard to cut down on grocery bill, but it is hard!!! If anyone sends you some good ones....share them in the ahole bros group! I like making egg roll in a bowl and taco bowls as cheap meals. I make taco bowls using ground turkey and black bean meat...and make rice to go with it and it lasts two dinners for us and feeds Zoe as well.

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  8. I wish I had some cheap meal ideas... if you get a lot - share.
    My idea of cheap meals is avocado toast with tomato. BAM :)

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  9. One thing that has helped me is unsubscribing to all emails from companies I tend to buy from - If I don't know that there's a sale going on, or new summer clothes in stock, or whatever, then I'm not tempted to buy something that I probably don't need.
    Budget Bytes is my go-to for cheap(er) meal ideas.

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  10. The not opening emails is huge when you're on a shopping freeze! I feel like that was the only way that I survived our no spend January last year. And maybe you could try and do a crockpot meal or something like that on Sunday and then just split everything up into tupperware for lunches at work. If something is easy for me to grab and go at home, that's the only way that I won't eat out at work.

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  11. You can do it. I believe in you :)
    I find that adding taco or fajita or onion soup or similar seasonings to any meat or pasta can make a really yummy and cheap meal! A whole bunch of flavor and spices in a cheap package!

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  12. So, hate on Ramen all you want, but I love making that either with the broth, but adding some soy sauce, sambal oelek and a few other things + chopped veggies to make it fancy, or doing no broth, but making a sauce or even using store bought for the sauce, like teriyaki and adding veggies like mushrooms, peppers, snow peas,etc so make a super quick stir fry of sorts, if I am feeling spectacularly lazy I use the boiling water from the noodles and put my veggies in the colander, the hot water cooks them lightly, just enough to still be crunchy but not raw.

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  13. So this isn't a gourmet meal by any means, but I actually like doing Hormel Chili (they have different variations) and some brown rice. Then you can throw on some cheese, sour cream and avocado to make it fancy LOL! I also like chicken sausage and cut up veggies for stir fry! Super easy and quick during the week! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  14. I would totally fail at a no spend month, but I'm focusing on buying just what I need.

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  15. I love my southwest beans and rice (http://www.eatlaughpurr.com/2014/05/02/southwest-rice-and-black-beans/). And soups and egg dishes (like a breakfast casserole) tend to be inexpensive options. Where I find I "spend" on meals is waste. So I'm trying to be mindful and only make what I'll eat. I don't mind leftovers but I can only eat so many repeat meals before I get bored. And the food grows furry in my fridge. :D

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  16. I feel like I spend more money on experiences than actual THINGS, which is good, but it can still get to be a bit much sometimes. I hope that you are able to follow all these mini goals in order to not spend too much money this month! One good thing about the summer is that you can spend time outside and find local, free events instead of spending money all the time when you want to do something. Hmm...cheap and easy meals. Maybe tacos? If you don't buy too much for it, it's a good one that you can use for lunch all week or a couple dinners a week, etc.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  17. We're challenging ourselves in the financial department right now too, and it's been SO tough! Two things I've found to help is to try to find copycat recipes for my favorite takeout meals--and food prepping. If I have food already prepped, I'm less likely to be tempted to run out when I get hangry.

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  18. You can do it, girlfriend! Oral surgery? Are you okay? I just went through a whole ordeal/scare with that, too so I hope that everything is good.

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  19. I can't believe June is already here! I really need to join you on the no unnecessary spending thing, I've been spending so much lately. OMG oral surgery?! Is everything ok? Hoping that goes great and everything is good!

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  20. Ugh. We're eating it financially right now with this move, so I feel you there haha BUT the Army will pay us back, so there's that, I guess haha

    My favorite easy and cheap go-to meal is honey ginger chicken on the grill. Pinterest it...too easy!

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  21. Yup also totally on the budget train, who knew visitors would be so expensive?? Man. Oh and all our car stuff came due at the same time, so we had rego, insurance and a veritable rainbow of slips to pay for last month :( I'd be on instant noodles if I could.

    Depending on how cheap we're going, I'll do maybe a pasta bake (using home made sauce or passata if things are really bad), beans and rice and a ton of flavourings so it's not too depressing, anything egg based, anything lentil based (curry is a good one), or chickpeas. And frozen veg or anything I can get cheap. Not the most interesting but I hope it helps! Good luck with your goals!

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