Friday, January 14, 2011

Happiness Project Month 1 Progress - Resolutions & Money, Week 2

What did I blow money on this week, dear readers?

Sunday - $22.00 Rudy’s for lunch with the family

             $41.94 Ordered tons of pictures from Snapfish with 2 coupon codes.  It was probably 10 months worth of pictures (from 2009) for the kid’s scrapbooks.  This will keep me busy for the next 6 months at least (or a year at the rate I have been going)

Monday – $3.14 coffee

Tuesday - $0

Wednesday - $106 for tickets to the circus this weekend, got an email with a deal code and couldn’t pass it up

                   $9.57 lunch with a co-worker who is new to Austin

                  $0.00 dinner at Chick-fil-A with Jenna & Gwen.  Jenna was nice enough to pick up this one.         

Thursday – $0.00 lunch at Zed’s.  My lovely friend/supplier picked up the tab

                $3.14 coffee

               $70 for 3M ½ Marathon Relay (YES – SEVENTY DOLLARS)

Friday - $16 for lunch with my sister

          $? Groceries this afternoon, amount TBD.

Saturday - $? Will probably spend some cash at the circus

Sunday - $? lunch with the family


January’s Happiness Project Theme is “Resolutions”.  Last week’s resolution was to “Set Concrete Goals”.  These are some of mine:

·         Keep a wish list of “wants” to buy.  Items have to be on the list for 30 days before I can purchase.

          During the 30 day waiting period, prioritize “wants” and look for the best deals. 

·         Track expenses daily.

·         Remove myself from all daily deal websites and email distributions.  No more Woot, baby cheapskate, kid steals, scrapbook steals, peachy cheap, peachy chic, Groupon, Living Social, etc.

·         Drink at least 12 oz of water before meals, drink water for every soda or coffee consumed.

·         Choose fruit or vegetables when possible, in place of other crap.

·         Plan my work day with specific tasks to accomplish vs. working my inbox all day (VERY hard for me to do).

·         Officially decorate bedrooms (not just hang up whatever we happen to have), following 30 day rule above.

·         Find something cool for the alcove over the entry way.

·         Continue exercising 3-4 times per week and mix up the routine in March after the ½ marathon.   


This week’s resolution to work on is to “Hold Yourself Accountable”. 

          How am I holding myself accountable for the items above?  Partly by blogging about it (see above), but I know that won’t work entirely.  I started my “wish list” and have a file in my iPhone to track my daily expenses.  I did remove myself from the daily emails from deal sites.  I’m working on the water and vegetable thing, and that will be ongoing each day. 

          On her website, Gretchen Rubin recommends tracking your resolutions and reviewing them each day.  I already have a calendar to track my workouts and running.  I love this calendar and it keeps me honest.  I HATE blank days or worse blank weeks.  I am considering adding my resolutions to my workout calendar, but I don’t know if I want to sully it.


How do you keep up with your resolutions?        



Moni said...

The 3M is AWESOME! All downhill and you'll get tons of free office supplies and bandaids.:)

I'm kind of doing the same thing.. but not really. Making lists does it for me, and then talking about my shortfalls publicly. I think you're doing great!

Christina said...

If you removed yourself from did you get the circus email? :P

Good job tho...not sure I could do it.

Amanda said...

lol! True Christina, the circus email did get me. I"m removing myself as I get them.