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Sunday, October 31, 2010

$150 Challenge: The Final Day

Finally, the last day of our challenge. It's been a good month doing it together with the Hubby.

Here is a breakdown of what we spent for the whole month.

Gasoline: $61.39 (40.93%) One really can't survive in L.A. without a car.Food: $42.09 (28.06%) Thanks to the free employee meals, we saved a lot.
Cosmetics: $24.57 (16.38%)  I was so glad even with these purchases, we still made it!
Others: $11.00 (7.33%) which include:
         Medicine: $5.00 (3.33%)
         Entertainment and fun: $3.25 (2.17%)
         Laundry: $2.75 (1.83%)
Money remaining: $10.95 (7.3%)

The challenge has been fun with the Hubby doing it with me. He has been coorperative.

We will bring forward the remaining money into our eating out fund, which will start in November. From now on, we will limit $100 per month for eating out from January to August and October, September another $150 Challenge month,  $300 for November and December for $200. We need to do this because sometimes we ended up spending more than $500 per month for eating out only, which is definitely very unhealthy practise.

And thank you to all of you who have been patiently supporting us this month. ^_^ I hope you had fun together "with us".

XOXO, Fish Fish

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$150 Challenge: Day 30

We are almost there. 1 more day, and we can conquer our challenge this month.

Worked 10.5 hrs today. But I am not feeling tired, except for my legs. The sales at dinner was double lunch time.

A lot of people dressed in a fancy way, since there was a Halloween party 5 shops away. We had a greedy group of customers (three of them) who spent $50 on food, yet only tipped $3, and took two-hand full of trick or treat candy each person (which only meant for the little kids). So shameless!

Seriously, these people need to work in a restaurant to know how the business operates. Ok, better turn off my waiter's rant mode again. I need to finish this and enjoy my mask and shower time.

Remaining fund: $10.95.
No money spent!

So proud of ourselves. Halloween party tomorrow!! Just 5 min away from our house.

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 29

Lalala~~~ two more days and we can accomplish our mission.

But we spent a lot on food today. It is better this way, since the Hubby has a strong tendency to eat snack. With bread, peanut butter and Cheetos at home, no excuse for him to buy some small portion overpriced snacks!

We bought 5 items.
The Hubby's mini M&M and mini Snickers $0.40
Sara Lee 100% Whole wheat bread $2.29 (Saved $1.70)
Skippy Extra Chunky Peanut Butter $2.50 (Saved $1.19)
Cheetos Limited Edition Mighty Zingers $0.99 (Saved $2.00)
Barilla Spaghetti Rigati $1.00 (Saved 1.19).
Total spent: $7.18 (Saved $6.08)

With that, we only have $10.95 remain. I forbid the Hubby and me to spend anymore money for tomorrow and Sunday. He wants to buy coffee tomorrow, I suggested he just go to World's Market and Sprout for his free coffee, like he did today. :P Better, make his own at home. An excuse for him to use his expresso machine.

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Lunch picture: Handmade noodle. :P It was ok. The gluten network was not good. But edible. The soup and the other ingredients were yummy though.


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Dinner. Love this one. My first time trying a Spaghetti Rigati, I actually prefer this over normal round spaghetti. Sugar cured country ham was browned with olive oil. Frozen zucchini and tomato were shimmered to soft. The fluid from these vege was added with Marsala wine, flour, powdered white pepper and garlic chips. Our patio basil leaves for garnishing.

It was awesome. The salty and sweet ham added such a good flavor to the whole plate.

Weekends with a lot of Halloween fun is coming. ^_^

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Friday, October 29, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 28

The Hubby spent money again today on foods. Hmmm... I should have bought another loaf of bread, that would have saved us more money.

He spent $1 on burrito and 40 cents on a pack of cheese cracker.

Ok, I'll just go to get some bread and peanut butter tomorrow. All I am asking now is we have at least $10 remaining at the end of our challenge.

Dear Hubby, can you make it happen?

Anyway, I am happy that today I got a free deluxe sample on skincare. ;) Thank you Origins. Hop over to my beauty blog if you are interested with the details.

I went to deposit my paycheck and tips. ^_^ Watching the figure in my bank account increasing is great for mind peace. I am the type of person the more I work, the less I spend. When I am jobless, I tend to spend a lot to release the stress. And eating a lot too.

Here is our fund update.

Day starts: $19.53
Day ends: $18.13

3 more days!

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 27

Update: Just got to know the Hubby spent $1 on Hawaiian Bread. So yeah, our fund is $1 less. Yike!

Woolala~~~ I am excited for my challenge to come to an end soon.

Another day of not too good tips. Got to know the tips that we earn for a week is equal to what they earn in another branch. *sigh*

Oh well, I am taking this place as my means to get training.

I was not really in a good mood this morning, quite a lot of things happened. But by the end of the day, when I decided not to care for these things, I felt more relax.

On a good note, my face condition is recovering. I love love love my well-trust skincare. It is expensive, but seeing how fast they heals my face, I guess it worth the money. I almost forgot how smooth my skin was during the days I used them in a daily basis.

We did not spend a single cent again today. I promise myself to focus on job applications for tomorrow and Friday. And, a proper beauty post in my beauty blog. :P

Here is an update of our fund.
Day starts: $20.53
Day ends: $20.53 $19.53

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 26

I finally finished watching the drama that I was hooked. Warned the Hubby no more taking out other dramas to show me, as I know I will not stop until I have finished the whole thing.

I need to put take care of a few priorities in my life now, so time to focus on those. A paper to finish, submit more applications to find a career, and read more books, not the entertainment types, but the intellectual types, that will help to make my brain active again. Do more workout, have a healthy sleeping habit and maintain a well-balanced lifestyle. Read less blogs.

Another day at work later, here is the update of my remaining fund up to yesterday.

Day starts: $20.53
Day ends: $20.53

I can see how much foods in our fridge and cabinet have reduced. I don't remember the last time we could actually reach to the back of our cabinet.

Maybe it is time for a huge Fall cleaning. ;)

5 more days. Yes.

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Monday, October 25, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 25

Today is an emo day for my coworker and me.

I am getting fed up with most of the customers quality of our restaurant. I am going to find a 2nd part time job, once my face crisis is cleared.

Imagine our average tips today was only 8.7% for noon! Doesn't matter how good our service were, these people can never be satisfied. Luckily I still have Saturdays to earn a little bit more.

But I am still glad I worked in a worse condition, because I know when I get the experience, and be able to work in a more proper restaurant with different level of customers quality, it will worth the hardship now.

Anyway, another successful day of our challenge.

Day starts: $20.53
Day ends:$20.53

^_^

XOXO, Fish Fish

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$150 Challenge: Day 24

Just a very short update before I go to work.

Yesterday was our most boring Sunday at home. We did not even go out of the house one step. :P Blame it on the Hubby, I was suggesting to rent a movie to watch from Red Box using my free promo coupon, instead he introduced me a whole 50 episodes series of a drama. I am totally hooked. So, our dating was done at home, cooking remaining foods. He planned to make bread, but since we don't have yeast and eggs at home, we gave up the idea. Maybe next week.

Another thing is making me sad now. I don't know if it is because of the new BB cream that I tried, or because of the sauna-like condition that I experienced for the whole Saturday at work, my face had the worst breakout I have ever had. I don't even dare to go to submit another part time that I planned earlier. Please let me recover quick. I beliebe it is the BB cream since I have never used one before, and my face does not feel itchy. Now I just have to use my well-trusted skincare and no makeup for a few days, hopefully it will go back to my normal skin condition.

The Hubby nearly scared me when he said he need to go to a dentist appointment on Saturday. And he took $20 to go. I was a bit mad he did not tell me earlier, or else we could cut down the sausage we bought. Turned out he was pulling my legs, since the dentist visit was covered by the insurance fully. *phew~~~*

1 more week, and we are done with this challenge! Yeah! Did not spend any money on a Sunday. ^_^

Day starts: $20.53
Day ends: $20.53

XOXO: Fish Fish

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 23

Another long and very busy day at work. I am very exhausted now after 12 hr work, but I just have to tell this incident today.

*waiter's rant mode on*

I have never felt so pissed about a customer like I did today. But I did remain my cool, although I did not smile a her the whole time. What can I say, a very inconsiderate, selfish and rude lady. I didn't even want to serve her, and thanks to my coworker I don't have to deal with her that much.

Basically, we were at our peak time, busy with so many customers eating, settling checks and leaving the tables.

Earlier, there was 4 empty seats at the sushi counter, I asked if she would like to sit there, but she insisted a booth or table. I told her it would take some time, she said ok. So I gave the counter seats to the next two customers.

After about 15 min, she appeared again, and said, "Hey, there is a table empty already." I told her I know, but I have to deal with the bill first. But she said, "Why can't you clean the table for us now?" I told her will be soon, just a few more minutes as I have two checks on my hand to settle the paying. She could not wait, and started to say, "That's not a proper way to do business, you have to clean the empty table first."

F***! For the first time, I was cursing this word inside me, and instantly, I am not smiling at her at all from that point onward. I just cleaned the table for her, and let her sit down. While the other customers just looked at her bewilderedly. A few customers even felt sorry for me. Oh well, some people just think they are on top of everything.

I did not go to take her order. My coworker did deal with her, and she even wanted to just shove the food in front of her face. But that was not it, she requested more than 10 times my coworker to bring every single thing to her. Like a napkin, a small dish, refill water, a sauce, etc... all at different times!!

Since my coworker does not speak Mandarin, she had been trying to call me instead all the time, doesn't matter I pretend not hearing her, after she called me for the 5th time. Then, I would just attended her at minimal courtesy by giving her what she wanted. I am very amazed with her "thick face" though. The husband kept telling her, "It's ok, we don't really need that." But she just insisted my friend to must bring that. Like instead of asking for two boes, she just request for one box at a time!! F***!

My poor coworker had to deal with another pain in the ass customer at the same time, while I have to deal with all the customers at the front part.

Seriously, I don't care if she is not coming anymore, in fact, we will be more than happy if she decided to do so. In fact, one of my customer made a remark about she should just go to eat in somewhere else instead of making such a big fuss for waiting for a few more minutes. A few customers waited for more than 30 min, and they didn't even make a single complain, and say, "It's ok, we know you guys are very busy." Talking about different level of courtesy.

Ok, I think enough of this kind of people. Our dinner time was super busy, but at least we don't have extra hard to deal with customers. Instead, most of the customers are very nice tonight. Thank you all for making my day better at the end of the day.

Ah, I am glad I have an off day tomorrow. *heart* But I am stressed with my face condition now, I think my new BB cream (1st try yesterday) caused myself break out very badly now. :(

Anyway, the Hubby spent $1 on buying a McCoffee.

So, here is a track of our remaining fund.
Day start: $21.53
Day end: $20.53

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 22

Just a very short update on what I spent yesterday.

$5 on medicione refill.
$0.19 on a banana.
$1.99 on a pack of sausage
$0.40 on the Hubby's snack
Total: $7.58

Day start: $29.11
Day end: $21.53

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Friday, October 22, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 21

Another day without sun. Cold. Making ones lazy to go out.

Made a lentil soup and chicken with asparagus tonight. Roti canai was our carb. With guilt, I just had to fry some spring rolls and keropok to heal my crave for some sinful munching.

Then, in the middle of the night, the Hubby just popped out of the bedroom munching on a Vietnamese sandwich. -_-""" Sometimes I think I am married to a Peter Pan, seriously.

Glad that this is another day without expenditure.

Day starts: $29.11
Day ends: $29.11
Dinner for tonight: Pureed soup with lentil, tomatoes, zucchini and onion powder, seasoned with paprika powder and tumeric powder. Used some light soysauce and 1/4 cube of chicken cube for create the savoriness. Stir fried asparagus with chicken, flavored with wine. Pan fried two frozen roti canai for the Hubby while 1/2 piece for myself only, as I think I consumed too much carb earlier.

We are running out of peanut butter. Gosh! Didn't even know that we finished that quite fast. I think I am also addictive to milk tea lately.

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 20

I was tired and forgot to update my challenge last night. The business last night was bad, and worse, we had to replace extra $2 for the account balance at the end of the day, and we hardly earn any tips. There was $2 lack of a stack of $1 notes which was supposed to be a $20, but after counting three times, it was still $18. Must be the mistake from last night (since I know the person who do the counting don't count the bundled $1 notes, but I have no proof). So from now on, going to make sure I recalculate everything from the night before to make sure it is not our mistake.

Anyway, no money was spent yesterday.

Day starts: $29.11
Day ends: $29.11
Money spent: Nada

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 19

Just came back from work. Slow day again. Rainy day makes Southern California more lazy to go out, I suppose.

The Hubby is working late again tonight. Decided to ditch my gym tonight, just want to relax and cook some dinner at home, watching my favorite TV program, and getting ready for another long day at work tomorrow.

Promise myself to submit at least two new job applications this Friday. *crosses my fingers*

Anyway, I spent a lot of money today! Oh gosh, our fund is getting less so much in a single day. But it is for good reason, to fill up my gasoline. The gasoline today's is 20 cents more expensive per gallon than the last time I refilled it. Ended up paying $36.91 for almost 12 gallons gasoline. I used it for work and 2 short-distance outings. So in average, I sepnd about $3.50 per day to go to work. Not too bad, but I hope I don't have to take over someone's else half-day again, it is just not worth it, rather do the whole day shifts.

Also, the Hubby spent $1 on buying breakfast today, while I stock up another whole wheat bread ($2) and margarine ($0.99).

So, here is the remaining fund we have, not much remaining. But the big spender (our gasoline) have been settled, so we are pretty confidence to be able to make it until end of this month. In fact, I am hoping we can have at least $20 remaining by the end of the challenge. ;)

Here is the update (retyped some of the amount for past few days as I missed out an expense).
Day start: $70.01
Day end: $29.11
Money spent: $40.90

Ok, no more spending for the next four days!

XOXO, Fish Fish

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$150 Challenge: Day 18

Today was not a good business day at work. Oh well.

Tomorrow is working half day again, one co-worker requested me to swap one of my shift with him. And he will be doing my shift on my Thanksgiving Saturday. Can't wait for that to come!

Anyway, we did good today. No spending.

So, here is a short "update:.

Day start: $70.01
Day end: $70.01
Money spent: $0.00

Ok, I'm tired. Till tomorrow.

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 17

It was an awesome outing day for the Hubby and me. We went to Orange County's Marketplace to enjoy Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers 2-hour performance. This has to be my favorite performance by far of all the Blues artists the Hubby had brought me too. Instead of just focusing on one of the most outstanding, I was so busy noticed each of them. They are that good. Definitely is one of the best Blues team. I was very happy too to be able to see Honey Piazza played the Piano with the toes in real life, after watching it on TV. ^_^

How much did that cost us?
$2.
The original entrance fee is $2 per person, but if you bring a canned food with the printed coupon, you get to enter the marketplace for free. We decided to get 4 Campbell soups which cost us only $2 (normally would cost $3.96), and with the coupon, we had this very great entertainment. Ended up we actually saved $2 for entrance fee.

But that was not it.


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We even bought fresh vege that will last us until end of this month!!

Guess how much all of them cost?
The above photos included 3 banana skins, 5 russet potato, 10 jumbo tomatoes, 3 bunches of asparagus, 9 bell peppers and 25 zucchinis!!!

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$150 Challenge: Day 16

Yeah, we are only half away from finishing our challenge.

I worked 11 hrs today, and the tips percentage was not good, as the kitchen was slow in preparing the foods. Some customers were very unhappy. *sigh* We had the highest sales tonight, since I started to work, if only the tips were better. Oh well.

I am excited for tomorrow. It is our off day. The Hubby and I will go for a date at Farmer's Market, watching concert, buying closing hours cheap foods. ;) The last time I went, I was totally awed by how cheap some of the stuffs can be. Imagine 8 huge mangoes for only $2, 8 peaches for only $1, etc. Of course the quality will not be that good, but totally good enough and quite yummy to eat.

I am proud to say, we finish 50% of our challenge by spending less that 1/3 of our budget. Awwww~~~

Day start: $103.94
Day end: $102.74
Money spent: The Hubby's snacks ($1.20)

I am absolutely loving this lately - a bowl of Japanese rice with small tofu chunks, ready to use konbu, immersed in hot miso soup, with a little bit of vietnamese spicy chili sauce. It heals my hunger better than anything else. ;) Absolutely addictive!

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Friday, October 15, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 15

Hohoho! We are almost come to half of our challenging days.

Only spent some money to do laundry. Cleaned 13 large and small towels at one time. Glad that the washing machine could fit all of them.

Someone treated the Hubby a lunch. I used the lunch that he did not bring to make a dinner for us two, adding a lot of green bell pepper and carrot chunks.

He is working tomorrow, I am working tomorrow. But we are planning to go for some cheap concert on Sunday. ^_^

Day start: $105.94
Day end: $103.94
Money spent: $2 on laundry

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 14

We spent money today, quite an amount actually considering the budget that we have. It was a money well spent though, for a "good" dinner at home.


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Usually, we are eating out every Thursday, but we did not do it last Thursday to save money. Instead, I semi-made some simple roti chanai with curry to pretend we were eating something special.

And this week, since our foods were running low, and I figured we could afford some fresh foods for another good Thursday night, I suggested to have hotpot. A good choice for cold night.


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 13

Same minds think alike. Since the Hubby and I are trying hard this month to reach out $150 budget, we tried every possible way to save our daily expenses.

As usual, I brought back a huge meal, and some leftover California roll, which is enough for our dinner and his two-day lunches.

He too, brought some leftover pizza from the company's meeting which he did not involve. :P

Instead of eating the usual Japanese style dinner, we had pizza with some California rolls. Once again, we managed to spend nothing today. Lalala~~~

Summary for today.
Day start: $119.03
Day end: $119.03
^_^

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 12

Every couple days of the month, my appetite seems to be extremely good. Today is one of those days.

I tried to eat as little carb as possible, but failed today.


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Ended up making this "cheap" dinner for the Hubby and me.

Again, using the Fu Chow "Ang Chou and Chinese Wine, I made this fusion style spaghetti with an oriental touch.

Ingredients were rehydrated mushroom, fresh roma tomatoes, basil from our "garden" and pathetic piece of non-yummy thawed oceanic cod.

Well, it did serve the purpose to fill up our hunger and provide the essential nutritions. ^_^


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$150 Challenge: Day 11

Surprisingly, today's tips was not too bad. And, my co-worker kindly keep my forgotten foods in the fridge.

So tonight, I brought back a dinner plus a huge lunch that will be good for two-day for the Hubby. ^_^

Last night, when I asked the Hubby what he planned to eat for today lunch, he said he will buy a 50 cents cup noodle. No, I shook my head. After 10 min in the kitchen, I made a simple yet much more nutritious alternative for him. It was angel hair pasta stir fried with Foochow "Ang Zhou", tomato, carrot and vegetarian ham. :D

I am happy we didn't spend a single cent today.

Day start: $119.03
Day end: $119.03
Money spend: 0

Tomorrow is my day for library and gym. ^_^ Ok, and also looking for more job openings.

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 10

Almost doing nothing at home today. Woke up at 10 a.m. today, then slept again from 12-2 p.m., with hungry tummy.

Woke up drank a glass of soymilk with grass jelly, cook a pack of Maggie curry mee (me 2/3, the Hubby 1/3), and dinner was the BBQ and hotdog leftover from two years ago. The Hubby brought them back from a friend's rooftop party, and totally forgot about it. I digged them out. And now, just a couple min ago, had two teaspoons of manichai, thanks to the Hubby's decision to gave his "baby" a "haircut". Just a little, but yummy.

We went out for our weekly groceries. Here's what I we got.
A whole wheat bread, 2 green bell peppers, a pack of baby carrots and 4 roma tomatoes, total of $3.97. Not too bad for a whole week food huh. :P
Of course, my free employee meals will supply us with the proteins. :)

I don't know why, but I feel so sleepy tonight, though I slept a lot.

My summary for today's project.
Day start: $123.00
Day end: $119.03
Money spent: $3.97

3 more weeks to go. And the best, the last day is Halloween!

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Oh wow!

Unplanned, I woke up at 101010 at 10 morning, despite sleeping at 3.50 a.m.

I wonder what happened during year 1010, Oct 10, 10 a.m.

Ok, I am going back to zzzzzz for some more again.

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 9

I am so careless tonight. After a whole busy day at work, I totally forgot to bring my dinner home. :(

Ended up the Hubby had to cook instant noodle for us. It was one of the most delicious instant noodle, I guess when you are hungry and tired, the simplest thing just taste as good. :)

Got to call my co-worker to keep my will be rotten dinner into the fridge.

Business was good today, tips was not good, but I like to work on Saturday, since it is the best to earn more tips.

Here is a short update of our money spending.

Day start: $123.75.
Day end: $123.00.
Money spent: $0.75 on drying clothes.
The Hubby did house cleaning at home today, while I was busy at work. So basically, that's how our Saturday was spent.

Hmmm... we might try to find some free entertainment tomorrow. Now, I need a good shower.

XOXO, Fish Fish

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$150 Challenge: Day 8

*guilty, guilty, guilty*

Today is not a spend-less day for us, because of me.

Read the reason here.

Anyway, because it was such a good offer, I just had to order the two items I have wanted. I was debating whether should I put that as part of our budget, and I decided to do so.

Simply because it was something I can leave without, but I chose to spend. So, we are $21.75 poorer today. I actually thought about it for quite some time before I decided to buy them.

Here is a summary for today. I think we are still doing pretty good, considering a week has past.

Day start: $145.50
Day end: $123.75
Money spent: $21.75
Entertainment: Watching animation online. Worked 5.5 hr tonight.

It was a busy night for our business. The tips were not that good, but much much better than Wednesday. It is even more than enough for my online purchase today. :P I am glad for this extra shift.

Tomorrow will be another busy day for me. Will work from 11.30 to 22.30, with 1.5 hr rest in between, that is if everything is smooth. Sometimes, I end up having only 45 min to rest, and finish work at 11 p.m.

Ok, time to continue my animation and go to sleep soon. Good night.

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 7

One of the main reasons for me to do the October challenge is to clear up whatever foods that are still in our fridge and cabinet.

Based on the October issue of Fitness, page 152, the average family of four in U.S. wastes about $1,350 in groceries annually. We too, might have wasted foods unconciously, and that was not our initial intention when we bought them.

Try dig into your storage area, you'll be surprised how much foods you actually have while trying to stuff more fresh foods on top of them.

It has been the 7th day since we started this challenge, except a loaf of bread and a can of peanut butter that we bought on the 1st day of our challenge, we have not bought any new foods since then, and yet, we are still able to survive with whatever food I can find in our storage area.


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Tonight, instead of splurging $30 to have our weekly Thursday eating out like we usually would, I persuaded the Hubby to have this session at home tonight. Surprisingly, he agreed.

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 6

I am full with guilt now because ate too much sushi roll tonight. Don't ask me how many, just too many for my daily carb limit. No more such behavior.

But anyway, the business tonight was really really bad. The worst since I started to work. Only three tables of customers. Most of the time, I was just standing there, talking to my co-worker and counting the time to finish the shift.

Brought back quite a lot of California roll for the Hubby for dinner andlunch tomorrow. Got two big pieces of grilled chicken too. So, tomorrow will most probably be another spend-less day.

Here is the summary for today.
Day start: $145.50.
Day end: $145.50.
Money spend: Zero.
Free entertainment: Read Manga that borrowed from the library. I still think reading Manga with English subtitle is so weird. Japanese is the best, Chinese is not bad too. But with English, something is just not right. But I can't be too choosy, it is free after all. The Hubby has his co-worker bought a lunch for him. How nice. He can save today's lunch for tomorrow or Friday.

Will have two days off, time to submit more job applications. :)

XOXO, Fish Fish

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$150 Challenge: Day 5

I am very sleepy now. The Hubby have been occupying the computer the whole night. So now, I am going to use three min for a very short update and go to zzzzzz...

Photos taken today will be uploaded on Thursday.

Work whole day again tomorrow. Woohoo! More pocket money and free food to challenge my budget.

Anyway, here is the update of day 5. We are still doing great.

Day start: $145.50.
Day end: $145.50.
Money spent: Nil.
Entertainment for "free": Borrowed some mangas from the library. Just got to know we can borrow 50 books at a time. Wow!! Also, gym session for 70 min. Burnt 750 Cal. That's probably why I am so sleepy now.

I hope tomorrow will be another day with no spending. Then we will complete our 1st 7-day. ;)

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Monday, October 04, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 4

Oh wow! We come to the end of the 4th day of our challenge. So far, it has been very smooth as the Hubby has been very coorperative.

He did not spend a cent today.
So was I.

I worked whole day, so the two meals were sponsored by the boss. ^_^ Ate lunch at my work place while brought dinner back to eat with the Hubby. We saved 1/2 of it for him as lunch tomorrow. :P

So here is our summary for today.

Day start: $145.50.
Day end: $145.50.
Money spent: Zero!
Entertainment for free: Feeling sentimental with the rainy day outside. It has been months since the last time it rained. Grewing up in a city like Kuching, I didn't know how much I can miss rain, especially the very heavy rain, until no rain for few months. Have a good chatting session with my co-worker. And... fun chatting session with the customers.

Tomorrow will be day for gym and library! Yum~~~

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Sunday, October 03, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 3

Sunday is usually a dating day with the Hubby. But since we are on tight budget now, we did not go to anywhere today. Slept until almost noon since I worked for almost 12 hours yesterday.

We were watching movies on TV. We seldom watch TV, and yet every month the Hubby pays US$70 for the cable network. Such a waste!! So today, he just fully occupied the TV as our form of entertainment. It was actually nice just to relax at home, munching some snacks, and ooh-aah with the actions.

Earlier, we planned to go out for an evening walk, and it has been a gloomy evening, so we decided to scratch that off.

Instead, I cooked udon for him as dinner. My dinner was two pieces of bread with peanut butter, some kaya and margerine. And I just had a yogurt as supper. These yogurt have been in the fridge more a whole week, time to clean it up. And yes, I have been using what is remaining in the fridge and the shelves to cook, until they totally run out.

Day start: $145.50.
Day end: $145.50.
Money spent: Nada!
I am proud. We have not spent a single cents for two days already. I think we can achieve another day of no money spend tomorrow. ;)
Activities for free: Wash my clothings with hands. A form of light work out. And I took a whole hour to practise my makeup. The Hubby ask, wouldn't that be wasting your cosmetics? LOL Definitely not. I have to many cosmetics to last me years. Especially on my eyeshadows. Not using them are wasting!

Although we did not go out at all, it is still a nice thing to look pretty at home once in a while.

XOXO, Fish Fish

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$150 Challenge: Day 2

Worked whole day. My tips for today even more than my two-day tips on weekdays. Even much more tired, I rather to be this way, than doing nothing. Guess I am a workaholic after all. :P

Anyway, here is my update for Day 2 Challenge.

Day start: $145.50.
Day end: $145.50.
What we spent: Nothing! ^_^
What we got for free: Two employee meals. For lunch, I ate half of mine, saving another half for the Hubby Monday's lunch. For dinner, brought home together to eat with the Hubby. Poor Hubby, he did not each anything for the whole day until dinner. Waited for my meal. Well, please don't take it wrong, he likes to torture himself to do fasting whole day sometimes, and October is obviously a good month for him to do so. Also, I got another free newspaper for him, saving our 75 cents. It was an unwanted newspaper by a customer. I was thinking, why not take it home for the Hubby to enjoy his dumping time.

So, there you are. Not a bad day 2. ;) My two co-workers seriously doubt that we'll be able to make it, but I know I will.

XOXO, Fish Fish

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Friday, October 01, 2010

$150 Challenge: Day 1

Have been a busy week. But at leat tonight I can make myself relax.

The Hubby and I is starting our October challenge today. We will try to survive with only US$150 on groceries and gasoline, including all forms of entertainment. I used to do this every year for one of the month since my student's life in Japan, only that it was US$100 then. And I did it everytime.

This blog will be my daily record until end of October. No Oktoberfest for us this time. We will try to figure out how to still enjoy the Thursday eating out. I want to show him, saving on money does not mean that we have to compromise on everything.

It is a good month for us to do this challenge since he had spent too much during his trip to China, and November and December will require a lot of spending for holidays.

Day start: $150.00
Day end: $145.50.
What we spent: Bread - $2.00 and Peanut butter - $2.50.
What we got for free: The Hubby three small cups of coffee from a groceries store and my free 10 min magazine reading in a drugstore.
Our form of entertainment tonight: Work out in the gym.

29 days remaining. Tomorrow is easy since I will be working the whole day, I will be getting two free meals. ;)

XOXO, Fish Fish

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