Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Saving Money 101: Fall in Love With Your Bank Teller

When I was in high school I went to the bank a LOT.

This is because I had a crush on my bank teller.

Erek was a super hot, super awkward curly headed bank teller in my hometown. I worked as a babysitter. I always told the parents to pay me with a check.

That's about all there is to the story, actually. But it helped me save money. Think about it.

Don't YOU want to appear totally cool and responsible to your hot bank teller? Yes. I do. Who doesn't?

Unfortunately, I don't have a hot bank teller any more. Are there any hot Bank of America Tellers in Seattle? If so, please point me their way.

I am also willing to switch banks, if necessary.

Please leave recommendations in the comments. Thanks.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Cheap Exercise Tip

I think I am going to take up hula hooping. I have heard that it is good for your abs.

So far I have read that you should hula hoop twice a day for ten minutes.

Imagine that! Hula hooping for health! I am excited to see if this works. But it must, right? You are using muscles and getting an aerobic workout.

My hula hoop only cost $5. Eventually, if all goes well, I may upgrade to a heavier one.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Making the Most Of Your Sick Days

Today I am sick and staying home from work.

It sounds silly, but there ARE efficient ways to stay home from work due to illness that will save you money in the end. Luckily at my job now I get sick time, but I still, of course, want to minimize my time away.

Here are some things that I learned in the past couple of years:

1. Stay home BEFORE you get too sick. I very well could have gone in to work today. It wasn't going to be a very busy day, so I could have handled it. But I didn't. Why? Over-exerting myself today would have just made my illness worse for the rest of the week. By tackling it just as it is coming, I am saving myself time later in the week.

2. Spend your time actually RESTING. I have a tendency to want to get things done when I have time off. But this is not the way that sick time is meant to be spent. Today I really want to clean my house and go to the store and go exercise. No. These things will not contribute to my wellness. My job today is to sit around, take naps, and drink tea.

3. Avoid sugar and bad foods. This is hard. But really helpful. Sugar just makes you hold the sickness in longer. Or something like that.

4. Use remedies that work for you. I am a big fan of Zicam Zinc Nasal Swabs. The earlier you use them, the better. I'm also a big fan of airborne, but I am starting to think that it tastes really good, meaning it probably has a ton of sugar in it. I am going to look into getting some Vitamin C Tablets today instead.

5. Take care of yourself when you do return to work. Make sure you eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and continue with helpful remedies. I will be going back tomorrow, most likely, and I will have to make sure that I don't over-exert myself. I will also be taking it easy after work tomorrow and as long as I can.

6. It sounds like a no-brainer, but DON'T go out with your friends. In the past on sick days I would be like "Oh, I'm sick, but I want to be social, so I'll go have some bitters in soda water or a screwdriver or something." Bad, bad. Really. Avoiding rest and drinking alcohol is probably the worst thing that you can do. If you want to be social...well, don't. Wait until later. I know it's hard.

Okay. Now that is said, I am going to go rest now. And drink more tea. And take vitamins...

Friday, March 6, 2009

March Meal Planning

I did some grocery shopping.
This month, instead of doing a calendar with a menu on it, I just did a list of meals and bought for all of them. I feel pretty well stocked. Here is the list of meals I will soon be eating (if I have not already eaten them).

1. Chicken with Cheddar and Broccoli Soup, Broccoli and Potatoes
2. Chicken with Cream of Mushroom Soup and Potatoes
3. Chicken Burgers with Butternut Squash Fries
4. Veggie Pizza with Fiber One Crust
5. TVP Tacos
6. Nachos
7. Quesadillas
8. Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich
9. Pasta with Red Sauce and TVP
10. Pasta with Pesto
11. Ravioli with Red Sauce
12. Stir Fried Vegetables with Egg
13. Yakisoba Noodles with Vegetables and Egg
14. Barbecue Chicken Wraps
15. Chili
16. Teriyaki Chicken with Edamame
17. Egg flower soup
18. Black Bean and Cheddar Soup
19. Tuna Melt
20. Pumpkin Salsa Soup
21. Salmon, mashed potatoes and green beans
22. Frozen Lasagna
23. Falafel
24. Hella Salad
25. Turkey and Avocado Wrap
26. Red Curry
27. Vegetables with Simmer Sauce

Oh, except I did not buy the frozen lasagna. Too expensive. I want to learn how to make my own, but that's expensive, too.

Go me! I have some goals this month. One is to not eat out so much, because that is kind of pointless, sometimes.

Coke Rewards Again

I just bought two sweet things with my Coke Rewards Points.

1. A free 12 pack of Coke. Sweet. I will probably get Coke Zero. I spent the points and they will send a coupon in the mail. I redeem it. Bring Coke home. Put the points from that package into my account. Repeat.

2. A subscription to Self Magazine. Because why not?

There are some higher point items on the site that I want, like an exercise ball for 1700 points. But, that would just be too much. I think you get ten points per twelve pack that you buy, and by the time that I drink 170 twelve packs of Coke I will be dead and/or the promotion will be over. So no.