confessions…

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Lifestyle

1. Every evening, I sit down with my Google Calendar and plan out the next day, to the minute. I even plan out how long I can “relax”. It’s sad, really.

2. I only really have two pairs of pants that I wear. One is a pair of black skinny jeans and the other is a pair of denim trousers. I have a ton of skirts and dresses, but it’s constantly about 20° in my office, so pants it is!

3. I really don’t like taking showers. I avoid them for as long as I can. They are just so much damn work. The only thing that’ll motivate me to take a shower? A hard workout. Showers feel awesome after a good sweat session. If it wasn’t for workouts, I’d be tempted to only shower on a monthly basis. Gross, right?

4. I have a new, much lower, grocery budget and I’m terrified of it. We  I really needed to rein in the food spending and May is going to be our first challenge. Even with buying all-organic, natural and local foods and being a food blogger, there is no reason two people should need to spend $800 a month on groceries. I wish I was making that number up.

5. I have a secret. Come back tomorrow.

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34 Comments

  1. My grocery budget stresses me out. The majority is spent on produce, meat and milk, and sometimes I feel like that’s ALL I can buy. We go through SOOOO much milk between the three and one-third of us. I’m hoping that next year when new baby starts solids, we can keep to the same budget.

  2. i like to do the same thing with planning my days!

  3. My confession is that this past week I’d get up every morning to get 2 kids ready for school, head for a run, and all I want to do is laze on the couch with a bowl of popcorn, a diet coke, and watch other people work out via reruns of the biggest loser while I’m shoveling said popcorn down my throat. I haven’t lost a thing for the past month so I’m a bit frustrated right now. That’s probably why I have these fantasies, lol.

  4. Did i take the pictures in #5? I no remember.

    • I did!

  5. I need to rein in our grocery budget as well. It’s ridiculous how much money I spend and how often I grocery shop. Good luck!

  6. You are the first person to ever share my feelings about showers! I hate them — fine once I’m in them, but never feel terribly motivated to jump in unless I’m actually stinky and/or just done working out. I love you for confessing that, because whenever I mention it to other people they pull a face at me like I’m foul. I still shower nearrrrrly every day though ;)

    Oh and my entire budget for a MONTH (covering every expense including rent and socialising and groceries and… everything) is less than USD 800. I live in a developing country I guess (Taiwan), but that is not very much here, either :( I hate being poor, and I look back at when I was comparatively well-off and I *kick* myself for wasting so much money on crap. Still you are buying healthy foods and you cook a lot at home, so I wouldn’t feel too bad if I were you!

    • Haha I just came back and it’s awesome to see other shower haters…

  7. I burst out laughing at number 3. And then I promptly called Jeff over, saying “LOOK! Cass and I have 2 things in common based on number 3!”

    ;D

    1 – we have the same shower caddy.. big whoop.
    2 – We have the same procrastination habit w/ showers ;D

    Hope you’re doing well :) Thanks for writing such awesome blogs all the time.

  8. Omg those shoes!! Love. I am still looking for black skinny jeans I love. Any suggestions? :)

  9. Showers are so annoying.

  10. Okay so where did you purchase your black skinny jeans? And OMG those shoes, are ADORABLE!

  11. You can totally cut down your grocery budget! My wife and I were in the exact same position last year. We buy organic and local whenever possible, and it definitely adds up. We started taking out our budgeted amount of grocery cash ($360 for the two of us) at the beginning of the month, and that’s definitely helped a ton. Using cash has made me much more aware of what we’re spending on a weekly basis. Some months we go a bit over, but usually we’re slightly under or right on target.

    I’ve also started price-comparing between stores for organic produce. Surprisingly (well, at least to me) Target has some of the best deals! Trader Joe’s is also good, but they can be hit or miss here in terms of what they have available organic (versus conventionally-grown). We also do a CSA in both the summer and fall, which helps our grocery bill a ton!

    Good luck!

  12. To curb my grocery bill I vowed to not throw any food away. I re-purposed my leftovers and made use of every single thing in my fridge. I was proud to say that I didn’t throw away any food in March! It also made a huge difference in our grocery bill and number of visits.

  13. OMG the shower thing!! I HATE them! The problem is, once I’m in, I NEVER want to get out. It’s like there’s this horrible “get ready to take a shower, get in the shower” prep and then the “It’s freezing cold and I have to get OUT of this perfectly comfy hot/cozy shower?!” And I have a weird thing with wet hair, which I won’t get into, but of course shower=wet hair. And I wish I could plan my days like you do – I need to – but I’m so bad at it. I try to finish what’s on my short list, but even then it’s exciting when I get through 3/4 of it.

    That’s how much we spend on groceries, too – food is SO expensive. Even with planning all our meals and trying to utilize leftover ingredients, I still spend a zillion bucks on food. Good stuff is expensive – but I’d rather cut back in other areas than give up pastured eggs, grass-fed milk and butter, organic veggies, etc. So we no longer have cable. Which also solved the “I watch way too much TV” problem for me pretty quickly.

  14. I’m so jealous you can wear black skinny jeans to work! I do the skinny jean thing when I get home / on the weekends. And I SO need to wear more skirts and dresses! I don’t own many of either at all.

    So do you use both Teuxdeux and Google Calendar to plan out your days? What goes in what?

    • It’s a complicated orchestra of productivity. :P I use TeuxDeux to keep track of actual tasks. And I use to to plan out all week long. For example, I know I want to retake my headshots this weekend, so I put it as a task on my TeuxDeux list for Sunday. But when it comes to Saturday night, I’ll actually use Google Calendar to plan out WHEN on Sunday I’ll take my headshots. It’s probably more complicated than it needs to be, but it works for me. :)

      • Oh, I see what you mean! It makes sense to me :)

        I’m testing out the planning my days in Google Calendar thing to see how it goes. My workday is much easier to plan than what I do after work, so far!

  15. Hey Cassie, I don’t think I’ve ever actually commented on here, but I absolutely LOVE your blog. I have to say, I’m right there with you on the grocery budget…that’s exactly what my husband & I have been spending on groceries for probably the past year (for just the two of us). Please share any tips you come across, because I’m starting graduate school in the fall so our income is going to basically get cut by half! There will be some serious belt tightening happinging in the near future!

    Thanks for your awesome blog & honesty on here, it’s very much appreciated!

  16. I feel you on the showers and the grocery budget. I hate taking showers (unless I really smell and that rarely happens) they seem like a waste of time. The grocery budget is way out of control. Every time I think I get a handle on it, we take a trip to some place with an awesome, unique grocery store and we spend WAY TOO MUCH MONEY!

  17. I shower every day, the thing I resent is washing my hair, it just takes so long to dry and sort out! I was thinking that my food shopping was bad and have spent this month getting my spending under control, it’s tough but do-able. Good luck!

  18. I kinda love showers. And baths. :)
    I spend about that amount for the two of us as well. It is ridiculous. But, we only eat out about 2-3 times a month, and some people probably spend $800 on dining out each month, right?
    I get paid twice a month, and tried pulling $200 cash from each paycheck for my grocery budget until the next pay period back in September. That $200 lasted about a week and a half- and THAT was hard.

    • That’s true about eating out – we rarely eat out, so I don’t feel too horrible spending a lot of $$ on groceries. I have friends that spend upwards of $800/month on eating out.

      • That’s really true. We never eat out. We order pizza once a month, but other than that, nothing. So I guess spending more isn’t so bad. I’d still like to come in a little cheaper though. :)

    • As a student, I really like poorgirleatswell.com for ideas of how to eat healthy on a budget!

  19. I am fairly relieved to hear that I am not the only weirdo who hates showering. I do it because I have to, but I never want to unless I’ve been working out or gardening or something.

  20. Jumping on the “I Hate Showers” train. I like to joke that the real reason I run is that I wouldn’t shower otherwise. My office is also FREEZING. I wore tights and a sweater today and it’s almost 90 degrees outside. Ridiculous!

  21. I would also love to hear more about your grocery budgeting? I am spending about that much as well for my family (two of us and our 18 month old son) and we I don’t even buy everything organic! I am desperately trying to figure out how to get a handle on our grocery budget and would love any tips or tricks.

    I also hate showering. I use my kid as an excuse sometimes to not shower. “Oh the baby wouldn’t let me shower today”. :)

  22. I would LOVE to hear grocery budgeting tips. When I was about 1/2 through graduate school, my husband lost his job unexpectedly and ALL his unemployment went towards our rent and utility bills. I was working, but for low pay and neither of us had benefits. We qualified for S.N.A.P, (such a huge, huge relief!) but that means our maximum grocery bill can be $218 per month, for two people. I am so incredibly grateful for that security net, but it is SO tough to feed us 3 meals per day on that. It has made me hyper aware of how much food costs!

    Thankfully, we don’t eat meat, and so buying things like lentils and chickpeas in bulk has really helped, but we buy a lot of fresh produce and that really adds up. I know we could save a lot if I only bought ramen, pasta roni, etc. but I see access to food as a social justice issue, and we absolutely try to buy organic dairy and organic produce when we can. I would love to know how people can save money on organic and real, wholesome food.

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