Monday, July 20, 2009

Being broke

As I'm sure you guys know, I'm broke. I don't have the money to pay for anything that isn't a month to month bill. So I have cut back on my spending to the point where NO money leaves my hands...ever, no exceptions. I've found this to be VERY hard to do and have felt very down about having to do it, till I read this. Now I am feeling a little better about my situation and looking at it in a slightly different light.


The No Spend Month Challenge

July 1, 2009 in Money
Can our family of 3 spend less than $250 for 31 days? Can we be more mindful and disciplined about the money we spend?
3rd-no-spend-monthEvery July our family takes a break from spending. This will be our 3rd Annual No Spend Month. No Spend Month is short for “No Spending Except for Basic Essentials This Month.”
We’re constantly told about things that will make our lives better, and yes, sometimes they do. But that daily message to buy, have, and make things nicer never stops, it consumes our time, and it can make us not see what we already have.
We’ll take a break from trying to add more. The tight budget is for accountability.


We have a total budget of $250 to spend on anything we would buy for ourselves this month.
  • Groceries & eating out
  • Gas
  • Clothing
  • Household items
  • Entertainment
Not included:
  • Rent, insurance, and bills
  • Health expenses
  • Work expenses
  • Savings and investments
  • Tithes and gifts

What we’re starting with:

fridgeI have gas in my car and this week’s groceries, plus the food we normally have in the fridge and cabinets. Since we live in an apartment, we don’t have a big pantry or an extra freezer to store more food. We’ll be getting creative with some of the leftovers in the back of the cabinets, but primarily using this month’s budget for our food expenses.
For answers to frequently asked questions about what we’ll be eating this month, see How to Cut the Food Budget and Keep the Food.

What’s the point?

What’s the point of depriving ourselves? Shouldn’t we be able to enjoy life?
Yes, and that’s exactly why we do it. When we take a break from spending, we learn to appreciate what we have. The convenient restaurant dinners become a special treat, our favorite foods are savored, and every time I put gas in my car I am thankful to have the money to do so. We stop taking things for granted. (And let’s not forget all the money saved from not eating out or making impulse buys.)

Advice for getting started:

  1. Leave your debit card at home and use cash, budgeting a certain amount for each week.
  2. Spend as little as possible at the beginning while you’re motivated, so you’ll have more to spare later in the month.
  3. Don’t eat out. One restaurant dinner could be your entire week’s grocery budget.
Every family has a different situation, so adapt this plan to best fit what your family needs. Make your budget amount challenging, but still realistic. If you have a special event planned, just make an exception for that day. Maybe focus on one area of spending, such as not eating out or buying new things for the house. You’ll find plenty of things to keep yourself busy this month, without spending more.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

15 Creepy Ads

Found this on FB and to show just how messed up I am, I laughed so hard I cried. Of course, there were parts of my rape that I found funny too.

What do murder, pedophilia, suicide and a baby tiger have in common? They have all been used to sell stuff in these amazingly disturbing vintage ads!

These are real, untouched advertisements from the good old days. It doesn't matter if it's lovely ladies or adorable clowns, somehow these old-time ad wizards found ways to traumatize us while peddling everyday products.

Enjoy them now, call your therapist later!

15. White Bread Demon
"Bread is swell, but what I'm really excited about is eating jelly made from the blood of the innocent!"

14. French Suicide Sausage
It's enough to make you want to eat Kosher forever.

13. A Girl Around The House
It's nice to have a girl around the house... especially if you are a psychopath serial killer who makes women into rugs!

12. Chubby
Who needs self-esteem when you can have a free fashion book for chubbies? Also, proving that advertising weight representation has always been screwed up, the girl pictured is totally not chubby.

11. Christmas Weapons
The family that guns together, has funs together.

10. Eye patch. Shirt. Baby Tiger

9. Chase & Sandborn Spanking
She totally deserves it. Seriously, what kind of woman doesn't "store test" for fresher coffee?

8. Fry's Chocolate Nightmare
Nothing wants to make consumers buy chocolate more than 5 faces of a sickly kid looking 5 different shades of miserable.

7. Root Beer Baby!
Mama, please DO NOT give your baby another glass of Root Beer. It is clearly doing something horrible to him. He is terrifying.

6. Locked Out
You better wash out your privates with Lysol, or your husband will install cartoon locks on the door.

5. Pears Soap Disaster
"Pears Soap- now with such a soothing lather, you won't notice that your baby has gotten into a horrible accident!"

4. Postage Meter Murder
"Is it always illegal to kill a woman?" This is a truly important question and makes us want to buy a new postage meter.

3. Shave Yourself
The old man baby's gonna sing karaoke into a razor! Hooray!

2. Baby Soft
JonBenét Ramsey, eat your heart out. (Too soon?) This ad makes us want to scream, gouge out our eyes and then barf.

1. Chocolate Poulain
Drink that cocoa, or this clown will murder you in your sleep.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


I'm a very bad person...but its too much fun to stop
  1. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 99 copies.
  2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sexual favors."
  3. Specify that your drive-through order is "TO-GO."
  4. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
  5. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
  6. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
  7. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what you think."
  8. Practice making fax and modem noises.
  9. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc" them to your boss.
  10. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
  11. Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with prophesy."
  12. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears and grimacing.
  13. Disassemble your pen and "accidentally" flip the ink cartridge across the room.
  14. Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
  15. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."
  16. Staple pages in the middle of the page.
  17. Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a croaking noise.
  18. Honk and wave to strangers.
  19. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints at the cash register.
  21. type only in lowercase.
  22. dont use any punctuation either
  23. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
  24. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times.
    "Never mind, it's gone now."
  25. As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
  26. Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce "No, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.
  27. Ask people what gender they are.
  28. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.
  29. Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
  30. Sing along at the opera.
  31. Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
  32. Ask your co-workers mysterious questions and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about "psychological profiles."

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


When I was a little girl my Dad use to call me half-pint.

I loved that.

I was his half-pint.

I miss my Daddy.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


I'm in a place where I know that I'm doing it wrong, know what I should be doing, and can't bring myself to do it because I don't want to fuck things up MORE. I just want someone else to step in and straighten it all out so I can go back to living my life the way it was before I made these terrible mistakes.

It seems like it is far more work to just get my basic needs met than it is to keep doing the work that I've been doing for years now. I'm exhausted in my heart, mind, body and soul.

I'm just not ready for the things in life that everyone else takes for granted. I need to step back and get my own life fixed before I try to live it in the real world.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


I found this on one of the groups I'm with and thought it was a good way to explain some of what I'm dealing with.