Friday, July 5, 2013


 Had to do some food shopping today. My mom's birthday is this weekend and I promised to make her mango curry shrimp. The shrimp I bought are absolute monsters. I'm sure they will be delicious.

Giant: $92

Hell's Kitchen marathon is on. I dunno why I get sucked into these. I've seen them all before. Yet I watch every time. Go figure. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013


Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone is enjoying the day. Have a beer and a piece of grilled meat. Then play with some explosives...or if you're less adventurous go watch a fireworks display.





Empire Beauty School: $35
(got my hair did, it's all curly now)
Giant gas: $30
Boscov's: $35
(birthday gift for the Mom)


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Week in review

It's been a slow week around here. Lots of not spending money, which is a positive. Other than that not a whole lot is happening. Well.. health-wise there's always something going on with me but that's just the way things are.


Panera Bread: $9.73



Sally Beauty Supply: $6.35
(new hair conditioner)

Monday, June 24, 2013


Another good day.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Weekend spending.

I know it's been awhile, yet again, since I updated and I am trying to be better. At updating and at not spending money, haha.

Giant: $9
(a girl's gotta eat!)
Giant gas: $45.10

*happy dance*

Rutters: $6.23
(cigarettes. yes I smoke. not a lot, but I do.)

I've been thinking a lot about going back to school for medical billing and coding. Thing is, I'm just not sure if I want to dedicate another year of my life to education. I know it's a good idea in theory at least, but it's the debt that's the most concerning. The program I'm looking at is a full year and it's pretty pricey, at about $17,000. It's all inclusive, but damn! I already have trouble paying off the student loans I have now, I'm just not sure I want to add any more debt to the pile. The program doesn't start until August, so I still have time to make a decision. Then there's also an available start date of October, if I feel I want to wait even longer. So we will see.

Monday, May 20, 2013

It's been awhile..

Yes I know I've neglected this blog for a few weeks. Possibly even a month, I honestly have not checked the last time I posted here. But I am back...and still trying to slow (or stop) the shopping. I had a great weekend with friends, and surprisingly did not spend a whole lot. Gotta love that.


Rutter's: $54
Battlefield Harley: $40
(step-dad's birthday gifts)
Turkey Hill: $12
(powerball tix)
Target: $29
(shoes and a birthday card)

Ross: $8.49
Victoria's Secret: $26
Americana Diner: $3

Ok seeing it now I did spend kind of a lot this weekend, or on Saturday anyway. But it was all legit purchases. Except maybe for those lottery tickets from Turkey Hill.. Of course I did not win the powerball. But you gotta pay to play, right?

I should be at work right now, but I am taking somewhat of a personal day. I have two doctor appointments this afternoon and I was not feeling so well overnight so I decided today I would stay home and have a quiet "me day". I think next order of operations is hanging out with the heating pad. Yup. It's that kinda day.

Friday, April 19, 2013

The rest of the week..



Cafe: $8.49
(lunch at work)

Target: $19.22
(conditioner and bobby pins)
Brewskees: $30.47
(Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy. It was necessary)

Found out some sad news regarding my family yesterday. I'm really not in the mood to to share details or post much more than this.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Catch up!

Cafe at work: $4.01


Schwartzy's Subs: $10

Rutters: $40


Giant gas: $36.01

Started the new job. I actually like it a lot. Well.. I have been enjoying shadowing my coworkers. I haven't actually done my job yet because my employer has not managed to get their IT department to assign me a login so I can access the system. Hopefully tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood

It is absolutely gorgeous out. Finally. I hope this weather sticks around and doesn't revert back to the cold bullshit we were dealing with until just this past weekend.


Hurray for another no spend day.

Yesterday I did a trial run to the new job. It's close to an hour from my house and I had never been there before so I figured it was a smart thing to do. I got there by 8am, but only barely. Mainly because I got stuck in a traffic jam so a buncha jerks could rubberneck at an accident that happened in the opposite lane. Love when that happens. So yeah, that was 20 mins wasted on the road.

Speaking of the new job, I start tomorrow. I'm happy about it, but definitely nervous.

(so far..)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Let's get ready to rummmmmmmmble!!!

I was told WrestleMania was today. Hence, the title of this post. Not that I will be watching, but ya know..


My stepbrother and his family came over for the afternoon today. While they were here I taught my 4 year old nephew how to box and play Mario Kart on the Wii. Go me.

Have a great rest of the weekend, folks!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Le sigh

Today was another errand day. And I overspent, like an idiot. But here goes!

Giant: $80
Escape Salon: $35
(foil highlights + tip - I got a sweet deal!)
Hot Topic: $25
(a dress and a shirt...I had coupons and a birthday discount)
Victoria's Secret: $85
(ouch...but I love nice underwears)

So yeah I overdid it today a little bit. But soon I will have regular paychecks rolling in so I guess it isn't so bad. But I'm still going to try and control the spending because why waste money?

Friday, April 5, 2013

Today was a good day

This morning I met with my recruiter and set everything up to start the new job next week. Passed a drug test. Got fingerprinted. Submitted for a background check. All is good to go. I also met a new friend for lunch this afternoon, someone who suffers from some of the same health issues I have. It was nice to have someone who really understands, finally.


Child Abuse Clearance: $10
Gas: $35.01

Hopefully the weekend brings out some fun. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Happy hump day!

I hate that expression, btw.

Anyway onto the spending!


Super Shoes: $40
(2 new scrub tops for the new job)

I was tempted to look at the sneakers too, considering I was at a shoe store, but I restrained myself. Fun sneakers are always good for work. I like fancy, bright colored shoes. I will probably be looking for a new pair once I get a couple of paychecks under my belt.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Funday Monday

Today was a great day. I did spend some money, but it was worthwhile spending. My dog, Atticus, has been having a lot of accidents lately and so I decided to call the vet to see if there was anything we could do. Turns out they make medicine for that! So now Atti is on Pro-in twice a day, which should hopefully stop him from needing to pee like every 5 minutes.

Banfield: $25.18
(doggie anti-pee meds)

Now onto the great part of the day. I had a job interview this afternoon, with Hershey Medical Center. The job is in the Urology department and what they need is someone to help convert paper charts to electronic charts, and pre-load patient information into the e-chart. Doesn't sound so bad. And I got the job! I don't know when I will start yet, but it should be within the next week or so. *happy dance*

The next thing is getting back to the temp agency to meet with my recruiter and fill out all my paperwork. Plus get all my papers submitted for a background check and child abuse clearance. I've been through all of this before, when I worked for Wellspan, but it's still a huge pain. Especially the child abuse clearance because I need to remember every address I've lived at for the past 10 years. I've moved a lot, so it's kind of tough. Remembering all the zip codes is the worst.

Anyway.. considering it's nearly 3am I should really get some sleep.

Goodnight, whoever happens to be reading this!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

It's the weekend..


Gas: $45.08
Giant: $1.99

CVS: $10.59

Happy Easter everyone!!!

Hope all of you that celebrate the holiday had a lovely food, family, and friend filled day. If you're not an Easter-celebrater then I still wish you a happy Sunday.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Weekly catch-up

I've been doing very well this week. 4 days in a row where I haven't spent a dime! *happy dance*




Otherwise life is ok. I spent Monday and some of Tuesday catching up on season 5 of True Blood. I don't normally get HBO so that was a bit of a treat. I'm trying out Game of Thrones now, so far it isn't bad, but I find it hard to keep track of everyone's names and where they're from and their rank/royalty. It's interesting though. So far I'm on episode 3 of the first season and there are 2 seasons to get through. I'm not sure if I will be able to watch all of both seasons before Sunday. Maybe. Does anyone know if this show is on Netflix or anything?

As far as the dating game goes, I have stopped seeing the guy I was talking about around the time of my birthday. Things just never went anywhere, or seemed that they would. I was driving over an hour to see him and all we would ever do is go to his favorite local bar. Anytime I suggested something different he'd scoff at it. It just didn't feel right, so I broke it off. Not that there was much to break off in the first place, because we weren't even an actual couple. It had barely been a month. I've gone on a few dates since and nothing has come of any of them. That's okay though, it was a reason to get out and meet someone new, even if it never went anywhere. I don't need a boyfriend, but I must admit it would be nice. I do want someone to care about and in return someone to care about me. I have my family of course, but it's just not the same.

Anyway enough about that business. Tomorrow is Good Friday and my Mom is treating me to lunch at my favorite Vietnamese place as a late birthday gift. Yay!

Monday, March 25, 2013

No spend day!

I woke up to the unexpected and unpleasant surprise of snow this morning. So, I decided today would be a great day to catch up on the last season of True Blood and not spend any money. So far, up to episode 4.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spendy Sunday

Made a trip to CVS today for some essentials. I know things are probably a bit cheaper at Target or Walmart, but those stores leave too much opportunity for random impulse purchases that I really do not need. CVS, because I used to work there, does not. I just want to get in and get out.

CVS: $30.61
(toothbrush, razors, a new hairbrush, face-wipes...etc.)

Now...back to watching Bar Rescue, my current tv addiction.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

No spend Saturday!!

Didn't spend a dime today. Go me.


Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Thursday, March 21, 2013


I think I need a filter for my internet browser because I just spent $30 on tees from Threadless. Why am I having so much trouble with this not shopping business a second time around?

Oh wait. I know. I'm bored.

I really need to start working again, or find a new hobby, or something. Anything to keep me busy and off the damn internet for any other reason than job hunting and emails. This just boredom surfing leads to bad bad things. At least I can check Facebook from my phone. I know I won't use Amazon or anything else on it because I'm too damn lazy to figure it out.


Tomorrow is a new day.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy hump day!!

It's the middle of the week so I figured I would update.

No spending!

No spending!

Giant: $21.54
Unjury: $28.16
(it's a protein supplement my nutritionist recommended, I ordered their sampler pack)
Threadless Tees: $14.99
(a really awesome geisha tee that was on sale, I know I shouldn't have, but it was too cute)

I'm actually starting a new meal plan as of this week. I was diagnosed with gastroparesis (aka slow stomach emptying) recently and according to the nutritionist I saw there's a lot of foods I shouldn't be eating because they just sit in my gut like rocks and by the time they're digested they're worth nothing nutritionally. So yeah, that's fun. I get to miss out on basically all fruit except bananas and anything canned (ick! that's gonna take some palate training) and a lot of veggies that I really like. Not eating hummus is going to be especially hard because I love it. Thankfully all meats, seafood, pastas (really any white carbs), and fats are okay. I'm so used to eating what I want when I want it that this is definitely going to take some getting used to. Hmm.. maybe next I'll start a food blog?

Anyway that's all she wrote for today.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy birthday to me!

I figured I wasn't going to bother posting today, but here I am anyway. I haven't spent any money today, so that's always a plus. My birthday is going well, if not a bit boring. Mostly I've spent the day just hanging out at home. Last night I went out with the dude in New Freedom and had some drinks. I even had a shot of something green. I forget the name of it though, possibly the Incredible Hulk? It had Hypnotiq and Hennessey or something. Surprisingly it wasn't so bad. Normally I'm not a shots person anymore. But it was for my birthday so what the hell, right?

I didn't wake up with the hangover I expected, which is totally wonderful. My mom made me enchiladas for dinner and I have some raspberry cheesecake waiting in the fridge. I really wanted to get to Pho Bistro today, but I'll go sometime this week for my fix. I can't believe I've lived here for almost 3 months now and still haven't gone. That's just a tragedy. I need my Bun Nem Nuong and spring rolls! A bowl of pho would be nice, too.

Anyway, onto the (lack of) spending!



And again...Happy St. Patrick's Day. Get out your green!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Weekend update

It's Saturday. And St. Patrick's Day weekend. And my birthday weekend. And a good friend's birthday is today. It's just so action packed. Yet somewhere in the middle of all that I managed to get out and get groceries. Gas, too.

Target: $14.71
(a long sleeve shirt to wear under a dress and a replacement lint roller)

Giant: $60
gas: $40.01

Another $100 down the drain. But a girl's gotta eat and go places so I guess it's still money well spent.

I probably won't bother to post tomorrow, because I'm planning on having quite the hangover and doing pretty much nothing. So, happy birthday to me and happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone else!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Daily tracking

So today I had to make a trip to Ulta. That store is seriously dangerous. There is so much makeup and skincare products...perfume and body washes.. A girl could get stuck in that black hole for hours, let me tell you. Anyway, I needed some more face wash. And of course the brand that works best for me is not cheap, or available outside Ulta or Sephora.

Ulta: $79.50
(face wash and a purifying mask...both Dermalogica)
I also got a free gift with my purchase, which for once is products I will actually use. Hooray.

Tomorrow I am hoping for a no-spend day. Saturday too. Possibly even Sunday and we'll make it an entire no-spend weekend. I would love that.

Also, with my birthday coming up on Sunday I'm expecting some cash in the mail from my grandma. So at least today's splurge will technically be repaid back to my bank account (plus some, hopefully) in a couple of days.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Post-weekend update

Quick list of the spending..

Target: $21
(I am rounding because I lost the receipt)

Dylan's: $9.55
(1 six pack of Blue Moon)

No spending!!! 

 No spending!!!

CVS: $21
(iced tea, probiotics, and 2 scripts)
Weis: $18
(yay for food)

So that about covers it for the week up until today. Right on.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Weekend kickoff

It's Saturday everyone! You knew already? Ok sorry. Moving along..

I had to cancel my friend date for tonight, which always makes me sad. I woke up feeling like I got hit by a bus. Explodey sinuses, runny nose, sore throat, dry cough.. the whole shebang. So I guess it's gonna be Zicam, Mucinex, hot tea with honey, and pajamas for the rest of the weekend. I'm ok with that, I suppose. I guess I have to be if I want to get better. I've learned the hard way in the past that just running around through the sickness usually makes it last longer. Or it gets worse.

Anyway, onto the spending. Or rather, the lack thereof.

No spending!!!

I did have a kickass dinner with my parents though, at this bar called Scozzaro's. They have truffle balsamic chips that are so to die for. The plantain and scallop curry I had was also pretty amazing. I could eat there every day, I think. Or at least once a week.

Friday, March 8, 2013

My bills

I suppose some people out there might be wondering why I don't post about my bills on here. Of course I have bills (cell phone, credit cards, car insurance, Atti's dog insurance, Netflix, etc.) but that's not what this blog is about. This blog is about the extra spending. Plus, I don't know if I really like the idea of my bills and finances to be on display like that. It feels just a touch too personal.

Hope you understand.

Also.. Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Daily tracking

Every day I think I'm not going to spend money, I end up spending. I guess I'm just not very good at this as a second time around. But anyway, here goes..

Victoria's Secret: $5.80
(I exchanged a bra and got underwear to match it)
Hot Topic: $55.64
(bought a cute dress and necklace for my upcoming birthday night)

No spending! Finally!

Now if only I can keep this going. Well.. I know Saturday I won't because I'm meeting up with a friend for dinner, drinks, and a movie. Yay for friend dates. We haven't seen each other since before Christmas so there's definitely some catching up to do. But, I will try to keep the spending to a minimum.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Daily tracking

I ended up going to the grocery store yesterday, not so much for the impending snow, but because I really just needed food. Sometimes that happens, ya know? Anyway the store was mega-crowded and totally picked through, but I managed to get some good stuff anyway. Now, onto the finances!

Giant: $98
gas: $35
(I know I just got gas on Monday too but I decided to fill up and use my $0.10/gallon off before it expires)

Went out for tacos and beer last night too. Lucky for me, I did not have to pay. Yay for nice guys that treat me to tacos. I like them. Or him, namely. We've only been dating for about a week but I'm having a good feeling about this one. ::fingers crossed::

And to anyone who has it...enjoy the snow!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Daily tracking

Ended up realizing I have an early doctor appointment tomorrow so I decided to go out and fill up the truck so I don't have to do it while I'm on the way.

gas: $30.06

Tomorrow is going to be a doctor visit filled day, so I doubt I'm going to be able to spend any money. Which is a good thing!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Someone, please smack my hand.

Or at the very least block me from looking at stuff on Amazon. That site is so sneaky with its suggestions of things I may like. I am bad and I broke my own rule about shopping and ordered myself a new cell phone case. Granted, it is super cute and was not very pricey. But still. I didn't need it. I guess I will consider it my birthday gift to myself, which I will allow. I kind of have to anyway...the thing's already been paid for.

Amazon: $20.93
(cell phone case + shipping)

Ok. From here on out I am promising myself I will be better.

Tomorrow is a new day.

The countdown begins

It's two weeks until my birthday. This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of my 21st birthday. I have no idea what I want to do yet. Most likely there will be a dinner with my parents, because that usually happens every year. Besides that, no idea.

Any suggestions?

So much for not spending.

I ended up having to go to the grocery store today. I ran out of iced tea, and that just simply will not do. I also ended up buying two avocados to make guacamole. All in all I spent less than $6.

Giant: $5.67

Not so bad, right? Everybody's gotta eat.

No-spend Sunday

I'm pretty sure today will be a no-spend day. Hopefully tomorrow will too.

Lazy Sunday, commence!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Daily tracking

It's Saturday. Of course that's the day most people choose to run their errands, and I am no exception. So here it is. My first post about spending.

Target: $16.25
(a tank top, candle, and hand soap refill)
lunch: $5.29
(a burrito from Fiesta Burrito Bar. NOMS!)

Hopefully the burrito is good, considering I haven't tried this place before.

Happy Saturday!

And she's back!

Hello there!

After a few years of hiatus, I am back! I have decided to stop the shopping a second time, in order to gain better control of my finances. One major plus right now is that I'm temporarily staying with my parents, so I don't have any rent or utilities to pay. But I still need to be saving, so I can get outta here again someday, haha. Currently I'm living off unemployment, but I'm in the job search process.  It's an ongoing, tiresome affair.

I met with a recruiter at JFC Staffing this past week and he said he has some promising leads for me, he just needed a few days to get my portfolio ready to show his clients. Hopefully I will be hearing some positive news in the coming weeks. It seems that the skills I gained in the medical records department of my last job will be a huge asset, because a lot of practices are turning to electronic medical records now.

Anyway, it's pretty early in the morning so there's no spending for me to speak of. Yet.

Stopping the shopping begins again TODAY!!