Tuesday, November 1, 2011

And we're off!

It's Day 1 of my month-long Spending Fast.  So far, so good.  I managed to not spend money on my way in to work. hehehe

It occurred to me that my life revolves around being thrifty and saving money, but everyone elses may not.  Just in case there is anyone out there not up to speed... a Spending Fast is a period of time for which you spend money on needs ONLY and use your savings to make additional payments on your debt.  Easy, right?

It helps to make lists of the things you have to spend money on, choose to spend money on and refuse to spend money on.  That way when you're faced with temptation or a tough choice to make you can remind yourself of your own guidelines.

One thing I really struggle with is putting together lunches for work.  Now that it's getting cold out I am starting to snub the easy, cold things like fruit, salad and sandwiches.  I'm trying to prepare bigger portions whenever I cook, so I have leftovers to take to work for a few days.  Over the weekend I made a big pot of chili and it's been so nice to open the fridge and have dinner waiting for me.     

Lazy Woman's Chili
    or my take on the McCormicks Chili Seasoning blend

2 packets of McCormicks Chili Seasoning.  (1 hot, 1 regular)
1/2 lbs of bacon cooked and chopped
1 lbs of ground beef, cooked and drained.
1 onion diced and cooked with the ground beef. 

In a large kettle
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes + juice
2 8oz cans of tomato sauce + 1 can of water
1 can of red beans + liquid
1 can of pinto beans + liquid
1 can of black beans rinsed and drained.
add bacon and ground beef.

Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes. 

voila!  8 hearty servings.

Top with cheese, sour cream and serve with crackers or corn bread.
***Vegetarian ideas - tempeh, chopped peppers, additional can of beans and/or 1 more can of water and some cooked pasta (penne, bow tie, etc).


  1. Love the facelift! Can't wait to see how much $$ you save. God speed!!


  2. P.S. For the record my dad says "THAT'S TOO MUCH SEASONING! One packet is plenty!"