Parks And Recreation is criminally underrated and one of the best ensembles on TV. They figured out how to make comedy out of people who like things, as opposed to the usual sitcom where it’s just people being awful to each other. Turns out passion can heighten things in the same way that conflict does. And that delights me.Tim Carvell, head writer for The Daily Show (Rolling Stone Sept. 2013) (via katiepoole912)
- Prepare a lunch instead of buying from outside. The one meal that was easy to make and kept me full for the entire shift was a chicken wrap (one, two, three). I used pita bread or roti, put spicy chicken my mom made, lettuce and tomatoes. I made sure to bring a fruit bowl so the meal won’t be so dry. I provided some links for some chicken wrap examples but feel free to put your own spin on things.
- Don’t buy coffee before work. Those $3.25’s add up quickly. I work in a retail store and if I buy Starbucks, it gets cold anyway because its not always by my side. The only time I can take a sip is during my break. Even if you buy a cold drink, I found myself saving more money when I have my chai before work.
- Have a long term goal. Having a short term goal (buying a new purse when you have saved 300) is not enough. I saw myself being more responsible when I made it my goal to buy a new car by March 2014.
- Plan for restaurants/movies/bowling. Everyone likes to plan this way: will always eat from home, bring coffee from home and no movies. But it’s only hurting you if you’re not honest with yourself. Once you know that you like to go to the movies once every week or give yourself at least two nights to eat lavishly, you realize you are in more control over your money. It doesn’t control you.
- Get the Mint app. Available on iTunes and Google Playstore. It’s free and keeps track of your expenses through your debit card. It gives you pie charts, tells you where you spend the most money (for me, it was food & dining) and gives alerts if you are low on balance. I’m surprised it’s free because of how beautiful (aesthetically) this app is.
If anyone do apply these tips to your life, how much did you save?
What is it about shopping for a new purse that makes me feel that, once I have it, my life will be organized and I will have control of my life?
- Take a hot shower really early or really late.
- Play the Rational Game which is eliminating all the crazy outcomes anxiety brings with reason and logic. (i.e. eliminating the idea that you will "fail biology" because there are two more tests left, the teacher mentioned you can come to her if you are having trouble, there is a tutoring center…this way you no longer waste your time worrying but instead be proactive about your future and grades)
- Listen to Timber or Pendulum (two different songs but successfully gives me a break from reality)
- Put some extra time in your hair and makeup.
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