Monday, December 31, 2012

52 week challenge-Completed

I know I have been horrible with updates on my 52 week challenge but I did NOT forget about it. I completed my goal ending up with $2300. I look 300 and spent it on myself and the rest stays put. I will be doing this in 2013. I am pretty proud that I was successful with this challenge. It wasnt too hard at all.

Also, I am quite proud that I am almost debt free. I do have school loans and car loan that I am working on. However, I am right where I want to be. We are also thinking about investing in a home. Being a military family, I am still a little hesitant since I do move every 3 years but I do want the investment. I will keep you posted.

Background on the challenge-

This wonderful lady inspired me...

Why am I doing this challenge? Since I spend money on sooo much that I dont really need. Why not incorporate a simple savings plan that I can see grow.

In 52 weeks you can save $1378 by saving money each week. All you need to do is save the same amount as the week you are on.

Week 1= $1
Week 2=$2
So on and so forth.

Feel free to add more to your savings but please to the minimum. At the end of this challenge do what you like with the money; vacation, IRA, Saving, down payment of a car or home project.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My Journey To Clean Eating

Since I decided to start eating clean I get facebook inboxed and texted the same question. I decided to share here. Bet you thought I forgot about my blog. Nope, not at all. Just when it comes to family life, school, working, and social media, I have to pick what is more important and sometimes blogging is at the end of my list. 

But anyway since I didnt sign on for THAT. 

The question is "Has clean eating increased my grocery bill?" Well yes and no. Firstly, I have always eaten certain organic products like eggs and meats. I'm not really a processed food eating. I have recently adapted no refined products to my lifestyle. I avoid white sugar, white flour, and processed cereal. 

Its a slow process for me. I have never been a big milk drinker but I LOVE cheese and soy is not an option. Though I heard there are some local farmers that offer organic cheese, as well. 

For the yes part, I have been trying to be creative with my staple products; seasonings and such. So in that aspect, yes.  Since I will not purchase staple items every week, they will not be an issue. I hope that helps some. 

I have been doing this, 90% clean, for about 2 weeks. I have lost weight. However,  my goal is not for weight loss. After doing lots of research, I realize that this lifestyle is better suited for me. I do feel healthier. I can see this being a way of life. Now do I wish I had a Whole foods close? OF COURSE. Its my fave hang out. I don't like driving an hour to get to my fave hang out though.

If you have any other question, please please feel free to ask. This is still a learning experience for me. I am learning as I go but I do have to tell you that I am loving it.