Friday, August 27, 2010

Tonight after work, I attended a six week course on how to handle your finances based on the Bible and God's principle. Over the past summer, it's no lie that money has cause stress in me. I worked more hours, but where was my money going? I spent more than my means, I didn't care, taking out $40 out of the ATM every other day made it seem like I was financially responsible (was I?), ...oh by the way, where was my money going???

I thought it was time that I take initative to start being responsible when I heard my church was offering financial classes. The thing I needed was a foundation. So after tonight, I thought it was very insightful and I hope I can share the things I learn along the way. I want to be financially free mentally, don't you?

I then come home to an email and find this:

The Pumpkin Spiced flavor is back at Starbucks. Let me tell you that I was addicted. Not even a month ago, I was excited for its comeback. But alas, I am trying to make a habit of tracking my spending (homework for a week). We'll see how this goes, but of course I want to buy one (preferably a venti), okay?

The important thing is learning how to say "no"...."no" pumpkin spice! <---that was hard

Dates. The first time I had one of these was last week, but they were too sweet for me that it took me a while to eat one. AND one was enough.

 Let's rewind back to Thursday, where I tried them with peanut butter. OMG they are so addicting, like seriously. The peanut butter really balanced out the sweetness. I was addicted eating these at work...8-10 dates and 4 tablespoons of nut buttah.

My indulgences also got balanced out with left-overs.

Hand shredded romaine lettuce with green bell peppers, red onions, grape tomatoes, radishes, beets, summer squash, and bulgarian feta. Along with a side of baked potato fries and chicken.

What spending habits do you need to get rid of?

- I use my plastic on auto-pilot when it comes to purchases on little things, but those little things add up! Eating out is mainly the issue here.


Anonymous August 29, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

I hear you. The last 6 months have been a change for me in spending. We are really paying stuff off and of course budgeting. Which meant that my Trader Joe's and UNnecessary, misc. ingredient spending needed to stop. I was known for buying the few/many ingredients that I thought I needed to make fun recipes. Ended up that we had to much stuff! Now, I plan meals with what I already have, plan a list only for a few things that are really needed and stick to the list. It has helped but it also resulted in less "fun" blog posts; oh well :)
That's great that your church is haveing a class!

Ashlei September 12, 2010 at 4:13 AM  

Oh my gosh it was so hard to break the Sbux habit! Another blogger (Michelle @ Give me the almond butter) makes her own green tea fraps, which is super cool. I want to try it sometime but macha is a little pricey. Pumpkin spice used to be my favorite! I wish I knew how to recreate it at home, but other than pumpkin pie spice I don't really know!

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