Crabby Cake

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an American way.

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Holy crap.

Yes. Hello, I am an American and I love stuff. And if it happens to be free, I love it even more.

I love beauty products. I love supplements. For a while I was working in HABA (aka health and beauty aides in the grocery/retail industry) and I got free samples of things like it was going out of style. But since I love beauty products, lotions and potions and oh my… I bought a lot of stuff too. I still get free samples now and then but now I try and score stuff I already use, like fish oil.
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So now that we have this really rad bathroom with a beautiful pedestal sink, we lack cupboard underneath. All of my crap is now in the medicine cabinet or the linen closet. All of my stuffs, free or paid for, is taking up valuable space!
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So I’ve decided not to buy any more stuffs unless it is totally needed. I’m on mission to use stuff up! Operation:Use It! Totally dumb, I know. But, when I shin splints the other day I bought Arnica because I couldn’t find any. This morning I found 3 tubes!
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Last year I stopped buying excess shampoo and conditioner. This year, I just plan to buy less of everything. I can say I pretty much don’t need a thing.

Remember peeps: Free is only awesome and great if it is something you know you’ll use or something you already use.

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January 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm

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WaMu=fail

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This is the time on Sprockets where we look at our finances and ask ourselves “what can I do to help myself get ahead…”

Seriously when the banks start failing, you know that happy days aren’t here again.. and that they’ll be gone for a while… Fuck. 118 years after you started out being a local Seattle bank, you fucked up big time and the government said no more? Jesus, over inflated ego much?

I guess now that I’m 30, I should wake up and pay attention to finances and politics… eew.

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September 27, 2008 at 2:36 am

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paradise or home?

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On Sunday I told Kevin I wanted us to go to Jamaica. He responded with the whole what would you rather have: a) a house or b) a tropical vacation?
Shit.
As much as I love him, the idea of a vacation is out of his head. He knows that a really amazing decent vacation that we would want would cost about $10k for 3 weeks. $10k would be an okay down payment on a house, not an awesome one but a start. (we are not huge american “chargers.”
Way to be the realist in our relationship, sweet pea.

To all those that participated last week, thanks for being so judgmental.

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June 10, 2008 at 5:57 pm

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My issues with people and their food buying habits.

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There was on article on the front page of the Seattle Times yesterday that talked about ways to save money on your grocery bill. I wanted to link to it and rip it to shreds but now I can’t seem to find it. I fail at internets?

Any way, one of the things they suggested was stop buying ready made cookie dough. Also, eat breakfast for a dinner meal one night a week. Put a lazy susan in your cupboard. Jesus christ, this shit was on the front page of the paper!? No news? Slow Tuesday? Um, I could think of lots of things they didn’t use that would help you save money on food.

The number one way to save money on food is: Eat serving sizes. Don’t be a piglet.

And since I work in the grocery/natural food industry I can speak on this one… Buy food. Don’t buy shit from the deli. Don’t buy frozen meals. We buy big staples at Costco and Trader Joe’s. We make 95% of our food from scratch. I buy stuff in bulk. I eat salad at least one meal, 5 times a week, and I take it with me. Buy what you need, not what you might later use or eat. Convenience is really nice, but puts a huge dent in funds. Seriously, if you buy a pound of mashed potatoes from the deli for $7, you don’t really have the right to tell me how expensive food is.

And, magazines. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE MAGAZINES. But, at $5 a pop for the ones I like, I’ve scaled back. $10 for 2? Shit, you could have bought 3 pounds of celery!

And for the love of god, are you wackos still spending $5 on fluffy lattes with soy milk and syrup and extra decaf shots? 5 times a week? I splurge once a week and buy a coffee, it’s also under $4. But I make a lot of plain black coffee at home and drink plain black coffee at work. And if you are like my mom and don’t like the taste of coffee, why are you spending money on Frappuccinos?

I really hope that more people will figure this all our and get back to basics. I suppose this is all a huge deal to me because I hear about it so often and I’m so trying to figure out how to manage my money better so I can buy a house. I’m also watching what and how I eat so I can lose weight for all sorts of various health reasons and money saving options.

I’d rather spend $13 on my massage co-pay than pay $13 or some gourmet macaroni and cheese from Beechers.

The end.

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May 29, 2008 at 9:02 pm

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it’s all in the checkbook.

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When will more people realize that being polite gets you farther than being an ass? What ever happened to please, thank you and excuse me?

I’m come to the point were I’m not as angry about paying my bills. I’ve finally realized it’s a fact of life. I’ve either just figured it out or just now come to the conclusion that I am an adult? Take your pick…

But the funny thing is this… now that food has gotten pricey, I’m planning on only really spending money on that. I have been taking my lunches to work and eating a lot more salads. I am mainly bring my own food to keep from eating things like scones and creamy soups but amazingly it seems to save me at least $6 a day. Saving money buy taking lunch to work means more money can go towards my debt, which means more money to save for a house… it seems to be a win win situation. Smaller waist line, more savings. I currently just can see the need to buy any extra junk.

Um, and speaking of smaller waistlines… the more weight I lose, the more tops I have that look nice. The only thing I’ll really need to replace as I lose weight are jeans and bras. As of today, I’m down 7.2lbs.

Also, apparently there is no need for 2 spaces between a period and a new sentence. This is all news to me.

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May 13, 2008 at 8:22 pm

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Friday.

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The IRS gave me some money, nice.

I gave in a joined Weight Watchers.

I fell down the stairs at work.

And now for my next trick….

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May 3, 2008 at 6:25 am

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Money crunch.

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I gave my grandpa a massage today, and he paid me $60.

$10.89 – Madonna’s new CD
$2.20 – Drip coffee and Seattle Times
$44.00 – one full tank of gas. OUCH! I drive a small Honda Civic.
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$57.09

I bought my grandpa a birthday card before I went to his house and it was about $2.99. That was a $60 spent quick.

Wow, apparently $60 doesn’t go as far as it used to?
I could have bought a new pair of DKNY jeans like I thought about but the gas tank needed filling today or tomorrow, so I did it.

Thank you jesus for a 12 mile round trip commute instead of the old one I used to make that was 60.

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May 1, 2008 at 10:27 pm

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