Wednesday, September 19, 2012

9/19/12 Outfit of the Day


I have been finding so many great deals shopping lately.  Friday night I picked up 2 shirts and a pair of boots at Target for about $20!  LOVE!!!  

Getting dressed this morning I decided I wanted to wear my new Minnetonka Moccasins. If you have never tried on a pair of Minnetonkas DO IT! They are the most comfortable shoes ever.  Living in New Mexico I am fortunate they are at every shop in Old Town Albuquerque.  I want to find a pair of boots.  Having calves makes this a bit harder but I am determined!  :)  

Top- Target (about) $7 BUY IT HERE
Jeans- Lane Bryant (around)$20. slim cut 
Moccasins- Minnetonka (around) $35
Necklace- Groupdealz (around) $15

Monday, September 17, 2012

Money Monday-The Dining Out Trap


Being a household of two Mr. Chic and I are TERRIBLE about dining out all of the time.  We grab breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner outside of the house.  We waste a TON of money!!  Last week we decided to do a little experiment.  We created a meal plan for the week, a budget and went shopping.

During the week of 9/8-9/14 we spent $79 on food. 2 people! $79!  AH-mazing!!! We made an effort to really plan, eat left overs, buy a bit more in bulk, eat a tad less meat, and we saved!

Friday night 9/14 we should have created our plan, budget and went shopping again.  What did we do??  NADA!!! Let me give you a glimpse at our spending from Friday-Monday at 9:29PM.

9/14/12: Wendys- Lunch for me $3.99
              Dions- Dinner for 2 $15.04
              TOTAL= $20ish

9/15/12- Rudys BBQ- $25.69

9/16/12- Wecks- Breakfast for 2- $21.25
               Pizza Hut- $34.80 (left overs for dinner on 9/17)
              TOTAL- $45 ish
Now.. add another $20 on misc crap we bought all weekend (soda, chips, water, etc for the dog event)

2 people spent about $110 dollars on food in 3 days.  We also ate like crap.

My friends.... this is a prime example of why meal planning, budgeting and shopping are sssooo important!

The lesson to be learned here is to stick to our plan because now our grocery budget is totally busted for the week and I have to go to the gym!!!

A very bummed out Mandy Jean :(