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Whew! Still going strong and suggestions needed

December 18th, 2011 at 05:22 am

So I went to my friend's house last night. We had roasted chicken, broccoli, and macaroni & cheese. I usually don't eat macaroni & cheese because of the carb count but I was starved and decided to have a small amount. I bolused for it and it was delicious, even if it was just the boxed stuff. Wink

After dinner we watched the football game. My friend went to his den and smoked a cigarette but I wasn't at all tempted to follow. I was too into the game at that point and wasn't about to miss even a few seconds. It appears that the Cowboys might have broken their December 'curse' but time will tell about that, huh?

This morning I put a widget on my dashboard. It's just a little no smoking sign that shows how long it's been since I've had a cigarette and how much money I haven't spent on cigarettes. It's nice to have it there if I need a little resolve booster. I also started washing the walls. What a job that is! It really does help to get rid of the cigarette smell, though, and I have a Scentsy burner going with Hazelnut Latte in it. It smells so good and does a decent job of masking the cigarette odor.



Anyway, so far so good. I figure I've not spent somewhere between $9 and $13 on cigarettes since Friday. It's hard to know just how much I haven't spent since some days I'd smoke less than a pack and other days I'd smoke two or more. In light of that, I estimate that I've not spent $12 on cigarettes! Because I used my debit card for cigarettes and putting the money not spent on those in a jar would mean a trip to the bank to get the money out, I'm going to just keep a running tab and next Friday I'll transfer that amount from checking to savings. If someone has a better idea, I'd love to know it. I'd really like some kind of visual reminder but going to the bank every couple of days to get cash for a jar seems a little counterproductive to me.

I work tonight and need to get busy now coming up with something to take for my meal. I'm thinking leftover cornish hen will make great chicken salad to have with some fresh vegetables and dip. Smile

5 Responses to “Whew! Still going strong and suggestions needed”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Congrats! I think the widget is an excellent idea. And washing the walls...what a great physical act that reinforces what your plan is. Might want to wash your curtains and bedding, too. And save up for carpet cleaning.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    I think just keeping a running tab sounds good, and transferring the money at a certain interval. I don't carry cash, so that is what I do. Maybe an excel sheet or somehow to keep track of it and *see* it - that is what I usually do when I track something like this - just use excel!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    If you want a visual reminder try something like using an old mayonnaise jar and for every dollar you save put in something like a marble. If you don't have marbles, something cheap like beans or unpopped popcorn kernals. You'll be able to see your daily progress as the jar fills without running to the bank for money.

  4. househopeful Says:

    Congrats on sticking with it!

  5. DeniseNTexas Says:

    CCFree, I plan to wash everything that CAN be washed but my work schedule is hectic right now and I'm having to wash when I can get a bit of time here and there. I don't have a washer and dryer and the washateria in the complex is out of order so I have to go to a public place to do it. No problem with that really but it's very time consuming and I'm getting it done in little increments. Smile
    MonkeyMama, I know nothing about creating spreadsheets so I might see if I can find one already created that will do something akin to that. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Robin, I love, love, love the idea of a container with beans or whatever in it representing the dollars I haven't spent. I think that's a fantastic idea and just what I need. When I get it set up I'll post a picture. Thanks for that awesome idea!

    Househopeful, thank you so much!

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