Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Reduce A Bill Challenge

We are almost halfway through the month of February and I'm having a hard look at my efforts in Working For Financial Freedom's "Reduce A Bill Challenge." For those who are not familiar, the "Reduce A Bill Challenge" is for anyone who would like to participate. Simply choose a bill that you would like to reduce, set an attainable goal, post your commitment on Working For Financial Freedom's website, and focus on your goal.

My goal this month was to take my lunch at least three days per week to work and to earn an additional $100 per month. I'm happy to say that I've succeeded with the extra $100. That was done in one day with $25 for a taste test and $75 for a market research study. The other part has been a bit hit or miss. Last week, a friend at work kept asking me to join her for lunch because the person she normally eats lunch with was out of town. I think I brought my lunch (and ate my lunch) only once. This week I'm 1 to 1 and in a better place. I can say that I've only spent $1 at the corner store for an afternoon snack. I've kept a healthier supply in my desk drawer.

Just in case you're curious, I keep my snack drawer stocked with:
  • A can of soup - for when I forget my lunch or don't have a chance to pick something up
  • A box of crackers - I also keep a small chuck of cheese in the fridge at work
  • A jar of peanut butter - to prevent morning trips to Starbuck's if my tummy is gnawing
  • Granola bars - to stave of afternoon munchies
  • Two Hershey's kisses - one must be prepared for that evil need for chocolate
  • A can of Tuna fish - another lunch safety net

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good job on earning the extra $100...
Hang in there on the lunch goal, it'll get easier if you stick with it!