Q #178– If you’ve tried canning your own food, did it really help with expenses & do you think it’s really worth it today?

I guess this is the perfect corollary to my previous question about freezing and batch cooking, and makes more sense for me to try as a long-term solution to keeping food handy and keeping costs down. At least, that's the theory. What really made me think hard about it was the fact that having a … Continue reading Q #178– If you’ve tried canning your own food, did it really help with expenses & do you think it’s really worth it today?

My job searching; or, I realize I’m doing myself no favors trying to fit square pegs into round holes…

(gif by Seth Eckert on Dribble.com) The round holes are opportunities that I could select and try for in the market. The square peg is the part time job I have now, and the desire to hang onto it. It hit me this morning that if I really want to make changes, I'd better find … Continue reading My job searching; or, I realize I’m doing myself no favors trying to fit square pegs into round holes…

Q#177–Have you ever tried “batch cooking” a month’s worth of reheat-able meals, & how did that work out?

I was going back and forth working on financial crap (commence with the weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth... and junk food consumption... dammit) and listening to some Reddit advice threads on YouTube. (Sometimes it's enlightening, sometimes it's trashy junk food for the brain... especially the caught "SO" cheating stories. Today I needed both after a … Continue reading Q#177–Have you ever tried “batch cooking” a month’s worth of reheat-able meals, & how did that work out?

When you literally can’t afford to be afraid anymore…

I have to say, I'm glad I tried out a "financial diet" recently, and at least that first week went well and I learned from it, because I'm going to have to stretch that initial week into a habit for at least the rest of the year. To the curious, I've had a lot on … Continue reading When you literally can’t afford to be afraid anymore…

Oh, how the monkey wrenches keep coming… I just hope I can duck & dodge a little better this time around.

It would've been nicer if I'd been a little quicker on the "idea train" this morning, but oh well. There's always tomorrow. I had a good thing going with my exercise and eating schedule. Had a few missteps and some tweaks I needed to make, but nothing terrible. I was going along pretty well the … Continue reading Oh, how the monkey wrenches keep coming… I just hope I can duck & dodge a little better this time around.

I re-acquainted myself with the humble sardine today…

I decided a few months ago that I'd better start adding more fish to my diet. I've read too much the past few years to avoid it anymore. Granted, that's been tricky as hell to pull off considering how expensive seafood is generally (and how freaking unhealthy when it comes to the breaded shit in … Continue reading I re-acquainted myself with the humble sardine today…

My “financial diet” midpoint report card…

C+. That's the best I can realistically come with at the end of the first 15 days of what I call my "financial diet," and certainly some room for improvement. It would've been a far worse grade, except I did manage to figure out where I was going wrong and started to make changes, improving … Continue reading My “financial diet” midpoint report card…

Had my first batch of “overnight oats” this morning…

I'm one of those people who love oatmeal any time (frankly, any "breakfast" food any time is good to me). But after deciding to swear off the instant packets (goodbye peaches 'n cream and strawberries 'n cream... [whimper]), I was having a tough time figuring out a good way to have oatmeal. I mean, the … Continue reading Had my first batch of “overnight oats” this morning…

Six months ago I bought some minimalist / barefoot shoes… & it turns out they were a very worthwhile investment.

I wanted to wait until I'd become a bit more consistent with my exercise routine and could adequately feel how these shoes were on my feet day in and day out. I wore them most of the time when out and about, so it's not like I bought them specifically for exercising. And I gotta … Continue reading Six months ago I bought some minimalist / barefoot shoes… & it turns out they were a very worthwhile investment.