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The sound of money getting sucked out of my wallet

October 3rd, 2010 at 03:29 pm

This was an expensive weekend! And, it's going to be a spendy week.

We renewed our farm co-op share for next year, to the tune of $330. The farm had the fall open house Saturday, which is when you sign up for your shares for next season. We paid by check. We hadn't planned to spend that much, but opted to do the expensive veggie shares again, because they dropped the option for only fruit and eggs.

We really like the co-op, but it isn't cheap! Oh well. We love the farmers, and this is our fifth season, so I guess we'll keep doing it until we can't afford it anymore.

I have another big expense tomorrow: Fat Club. It costs $190 plus $90 for a two-month Y membership for a 6-week program of intense exercise, personal training, and dietician meetings. My friend has done this and loses about 12 pounds each time. It is spendy, but I talked to my doctor, and she agrees that it will help jump start my metabolism and set the stage for more weight loss even after it is over. And, it will significantly reduce my risk for Type 2 diabetes. If I can avoid diabetes, it will be money well spent.

Hubby and I also went on a cheap camping trip Saturday night. Grandma took the babies, so it only cost us about $20 for the camping plus about $12 for breakfast this morning. It was great. A bunch of our friends camped with us, so it was really nice.

The best part, though, was that hubby and I talked about some of our big issues over breakfast. The big surprise: He also wants to cut spending and save more money. I filled him in on our new austerity budget and how it has worked out for the first couple of weeks. He seemed happy, and willing to cut more.

Although, with the budget, I am not sure how to account for big, occasional expenses like the farm co-op. I'm going to try to just include it in the bi-weekly spending cap, even if it will be particularly difficult. And if that doesn't really work, try to come up with plan B.

I did feel confident enough to up the biweekly contribution to the savings account by $25, and to add $10 more to the extra car payment for the month.

6 Responses to “The sound of money getting sucked out of my wallet”

  1. baselle Says:

    I think Fat Club is a good idea. Measure how you do on a $/lb basis. Smile Putting money on it means you won't blow off the appointments and training sessions. Not that you would, but there will be moments in those two months when you'll wonder why you paid for the "abuse". Stay strong, remember why, enjoy the endorphins about an hour after the intense exercise, and note that the money paid will remind you that frugality means you're not wasting money instead of spending money.

  2. aevans1206 Says:

    Wow, I'd like to join a fat club. Wish we had one around here. Good luck! With a personal trainer, I don't think you can go wrong. Especially if you follow what they tell you.

  3. librarylady Says:

    I think you are doing the right thing and spending your money on things that will reap lasting benefits. I'm that way too. Anything that will improve my health I opt for. But, I too have to weigh all expenditures. Like the old saying goes, "If you have your health, you have just about everything."

  4. ThriftoRama Says:

    Well, Fat club will be tough, but there is an accountability factor. We weigh in on the first day and weigh out on the last, and the person who drops the highest percentage of their body fat wins about $300 in prizes. You also have to make a certain amount of points each week by going to work outs, etc. I also will be on a team, and the two teams compete against each other as well. It's a great program. Accountability to keep you motivated on many levels. I am scared, but I know I can do it. Before babies, I did more than 8 hours of intense sports and speed skating.

  5. Homebody Says:

    Looks like the camping money was well spent!

  6. ThriftoRama Says:

    I meant to say 8 hours a week. 8 hours in my life of exercise isn't that much!

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