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Watching the dimes ...

May 24th, 2015 at 05:47 am


I tracked the spending - and while it has been within realistic realms - I added up the amount spent on snacks and trips to Wendy's after sports practices. And DH's obsession with premium beef jerky while filling up his car. That adds up quite quickly to a family meal out at Portillo's.

There is a soccer tournament going on this weekend (Sat/Sun) with at least ten most likely 12 games for three players. I did yesterday's run, DH is doing today's. I had to be there at 7:00 AM yesterday and DH's start time was 8:15 (its about a 45 min drive). Anyhow, I let everyone know that there is a family dinner out on the calendar to celebrate the last day of school for the last remaining student 5 (on 6/5). At Portillos, (their new favorite place) and that is where all the "snack" money is going.

This meant that I packed healthy snacks and drinks yesterday, and sent more snacks AND sandwiches today. My thrifty Boy Scout made a comment about those dimes will turn into dollars. That made me laugh.

DH and I are doing a raw food/green smoothie cleanse for 10 days. That wasn't as costly as I thought since it used frozen fruit and fresh greens. I did have to go to the health food store for ground flaxseed. I am hoping to lose 6-8# and am sticking just to walking, actual bike riding, and using the recumbent bike at the Y.

It's busy, busy coming up these next two weeks with my own school work, kids' final projects, DH's work schedule. Etc. My first inclination is to run to the prepared foods (i.e., packaged and processed) but I'm not doing it. I'm making home-made mac and cheese plus something in the crock pot, and I've got ingredients on hand for homemade cookies. I also have a recipe for no bake energy bites which I can finally make since I have the ground flaxseed.

Hope everyone has a restful weekend. And if you know a veteran, say "thank you."

I know that several of our SA family are military families, so I thank you for supporting your loved one as they make this country as great and safe as it is. Smile

6 Responses to “Watching the dimes ... ”

  1. LittleMissSplendid Says:

    You got your DH to do a cleanse with you?! Wow what a nice commitment to health for you both! I have found myself intrigued by cleanses and am actually doing a juice cleanse today with the hopes of eventually doing one for 3 days.

  2. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    @ LittleMissSplendid, I checked out the book from the library called "The 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse" by JJ Smith. I like that it doesn't really incorporate weird things into my Vitamix. DH was in need of a major overhaul (attitude/exercise/diet/weight). Thought this might be a good jump start for him (6'1" and 240# classified him as obese). That was a wake-up call. Good luck!

  3. laura/deacon's wife Says:

    And I should add that I've worked very hard to kick the sleeping pill addiction (SO SO hard). And cutting down on my caffeine intake has been brutal. But I hope we emerge healthier!

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    I think you put a bug in my ear about cleanses...I've felt sort of bloated and overly full lately (not enough exercise and too much indulging, no doubt, and I haven't been great about eating my fruits and veg lately) so am trying to plan a 3-day raw food cleanse for early June. I'll invite (but not pressure or require) my family to join me for all or part of it.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    I was thinking the same thing, LittleMissSplendid. My hubby wouldn't even think of doing a cleanse and if a meal doesn't have both meat and potatoes, he's upset. He'll eat vegetables as long as it is a vegetable he likes. Smile

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    If you use up the flaxseed you bought from the health food store, you can also get it from walmart. I get my flaxseed and chia seeds for my smoothies from Wal-mart.

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