Saturday, January 30, 2016

January 2016 Spending

Hello Clean Eaters!

I know that it has been a while since I have posted on my blog but I promise that I have not forgotten about you!  As you know, I have started a new No Spending Challenge for 2016 and unfortunately it has been off to a rough start.

Early in the year, I started having car troubles so I paid a little bit of money for the towing services and the diagnostics. There was a problem with my radiator and heating my car so that set me back a little bit, and to be honest with you, it was really depressing. I seriously spent three days inside my apartment thinking about how everything has gone wrong and how I am going to live like an Extreme Cheapskate for the rest of my life.

Fast forward a few weeks, and I realized that I ran out of foundation. Now, since I knew that I was not going to spend any money in 2016, you would think that I would have been smart enough to stock up on makeup before the year was over. Also, I did nearly 90% of my spending at the end of the month on January 29th. Here is what I bought:

Target: $10.83 on 2 mascaras, foundation on sale, and a liquid eyeliner
Ulta: $30 on a contour palette, foundation powder, foundation, and travel makeup brushes (might return)
ATM: $40 Withdrawal for a night out with my girls
Total: 80.83

Even though I took out $40, I did not spend all of it that night. I spent less than half that amount ($17) on two drink and two appetizers. I am glad that I did not spend all of that money because I will be going to TWO Valentines Day events in February...and my plan is to try to spend under $20 each time. Since I am also planning on going on a vacation over spring break, I am really trying to pinch every penny that I can. Right now, I am not sure that buying all that makeup was necessary and might return a few of those products to get my money back. I guess I got caught up in the glittery frenzy in the makeup aisle and forgot that I actually do not have money to spare. Oh yeah, not to mention student loans but I don't want to get into that right now.

As for my food budget, I am still only buying perishables such as produce, eggs, yogurt, and milk. The reason why I only buy these items is because I have a freezer and pantry full of vegetables, salmon, fruit, beans, tuna, pasta, and more. I am trying to eat whatever I have at home and only going out to purchase the foods that are necessary.
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What about you all? How have you saved money this year? Are there any tips/tricks that you live by? Let me know in the comment section below!

-Eating Clean in College

Friday, September 25, 2015

2016 Challenge

Hello Clean Eaters!

So sorry that I have not been posting lately but that will change veeeery soon! In case you have missed me, here are some updates:
  • I started graduate school!
  • I moved in and out of 3 homes (2 apartments and 1 house) in less than 3 months. I know I am an efficient person and thankfully I don't have a lot of personal items but this kind of moving takes a toll on people! Luckily, I have found a permanent residence that I call home. 
  • I TURNED 22!
  • I found out that my job would be paying me monthly BUT they didn't start paying me until October 1st...and I started in August. I am sure you can imagine the kind of frantic, depression I sunk into after going months without an income, moving, and starting graduate school. However...
  •  I found a new, better paying job! They will be paying me more per hour so I am excited to finally be able to make an income. 
So, those are just a FEWWWW things that have been going on with me over the past few months. If you are wondering why I named this blog post "2016 Challenge" it is because I had a revalation after Thrift Shopping for me new (and final) apartment. What was it you ask? Well it wasn't really a revalation as much as it was an idea. I have decided to not spend ANY money in 2016. That's right, no dineros will be spent here.
I wanted to do this since 1. I have always been broke, and 2. going without an income for a few months really makes you think about doing desperate things (hello Sugar Daddy...I' m just kidding). I have read articles about people doing this in the past so I have decided to try it out. Here are my rules:
  1. No purchases on anything
  2. Groceries and gas will be the ONLY exception
  3. In the rare case that I get invited to go out, I will only spend $10 
So there you have it folks, my no spending rules for 2016. I know that is only September but I am starting this now so that I can get a good stockpile of things that I need to last me the entire year.

Wish me luck!
-Eating Clean in College

Monday, June 15, 2015

4 Ingredient Salad

Hello Clean Eaters!

Let me start off by saying that I LOOOOOVE a good salad! When I say a good salad, I mean one that is full of different flavors and textures, throw in some nuts with my crisp lettuce and you have a winner! I used to love going to a certain deli because they made the BEST salad (I mean it had feta cheese, walnuts, sunflower seeds, apples, grapes) and wanted to recreate it. I have always wanted to make a great salad at home but have always thought that I needed a lot of money to do so. In fact, to make these four different salads below, I only used four different ingredients!

The basic 3 ingredients in all these salads are baby spinach, grape tomatoes, and Romano cheese. Below are ingredient and price breakdowns for all four salads.

Spinach - $1.99 bunch
Grape Tomatoes - .99c
Grated Romano Cheese - $2.70 package
Unsalted Sunflower Seeds - .64c from the bulk section
Haas Avocado - .58c each
Total - $6.90 (before taxes) / $1.73 each

For the price of less than 1 deli salad, I have made 4 different salads for the week. The same philosophy can be attributed to meal planning across the board! You save money and gain nutritional points when you make your own meals at home instead of eating out- and these salads are just one example!

-Eating Clean in College

Hydration Celebration!

Hello Clean Eaters!

I know that summer is here so that means it's time to stay hydrated! While I may be one of the few people out there who don't mind the bland taste of water, I know that others might not. I recently went out and bought a slew of goodies (and stole some teabags from my moms house) so I wanted to try some new water and tea combinations!

So before I get into the nitty-gritty, let me say that I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious and versatile the mint was. It lasted me a week and added a fresh flavor to the water and the tea! I also heard that infused water can be used at detoxes. I have always wanted to try a detox or maybe even a teatox but have not done enough research into to it to fully commit. In the meantime, check out what I drank.

Here is what I made:
  • Green tea with mint and lemon - Putting lemon in my tea is not new to me put adding mint sure is! I have to admit, at first I was scared about burning and ruining the mint leaves but it actually provided a great flavor.
  • Lemon grass tea with mint - Lemon grass tea is completely new to me. I didn't bother adding more lemon to this tea so the mint was a great counter balance!
  • Water with mint and lemon - I have seen this one time and time again on Pinterest. I have read that mint helps settle ones stomach and aids in digestion (peppermint tea for example) and that the added lemon helps to cleanse the body and boost the immune system. I am not sure if these have helped (since I have been only been drinking them for a week) but I sure do like it!
  • Cucumber lemon water - Classic, nothing more
  • Cucumber mint water - A new favorite! Adding a few slices of cucumber to water makes me feel more hydrated and the mint was a welcome, fresh taste
In all, even though I only played around with a few different ingredients, I got good flavor combinations out of them. Go ahead and try some out for yourself and tell me what you like to infuse your water or tea with!

-Eating Clean in College