It’s hard to believe Fincon15 is less than a month away! This will be my second Fincon. I missed last year, but I was in St. Louis in 2013. It’s a good time! Speaking of Fincon, much of what I’m doing this month and next is in financial preparation for my trip…so I present to you this week’s financial odds and ends.
The Dentist & Saving Money
I absolutely love my dentist, but without having dental insurance, everything has to come out of pocket. So it’s with a heavy heart that I’m skipping my usual place and opting for a Groupon instead. Kind of hard to beat $39 for an exam, x-rays, and a cleaning, versus several hundreds of dollars at least. The name of the dentist office makes me laugh though. It’s called, Le Chic. For some reason every time I see the name I start singing “Le Freak.”
Bartering & Side Hustles
I feel like I need to write an e-book about how to Frugal Hack Your Way to Living in LA. I’m sure from the outside, my life looks somewhat glamorous. I’ve somehow tricked people (particularly in my hometown of Detroit) that I live a faboosh life. Go Facebook! The truth is my life isn’t super exciting, and every day is a hustle, and exercising discipline with spending. Last night I wanted to go out for a beer after coaching volleyball class SO BAD, but I know I can’t if I want to try and stay in my budget as much as possible.
But…I’ve been lucky to set up some sweet side hustles that offer money and/or perks, which makes living here still somewhat tolerable. For instance, I’ve managed to barter a (much needed) massage in exchange for volleyball lessons. And of course I work out at my gym for free, in exchange for video/blog work. And I used to work a shift at a yoga studio in exchange for unlimited yoga, but I dropped that because I really wasn’t taking advantage of it.
Tonight I did a side hustle working for my friend at a networking event, and Saturday night I’m babysitting.
To say I’ve been tight with money the last couple months would be an understatement. Without a doubt I’m building those strong frugality muscles. The other day I had a bit of low-grade nausea, and the only thing that works really well in feeling better is soda. I had exactly four dollars for laundry this week and didn’t want to use that for a diet coke, so I ran around the house trying to dig up $1.00 in change from purses, drawers, etc. so I didn’t have to touch that. I came in at exactly $1.00.
I’ve also been trying to consolidate laundry at the laundromat to make it cheaper. Since my clothes aren’t fancy, I don’t worry about colors, whites, etc., so I try to see if I can shove it all into one washer and one dryer. Saves at least $4 per week. So far, so good, but once the cooler weather hits and I start wearing bulkier clothes, that may not be an option anymore.
Hoarding Free Sh*t
This past weekend I went to the AVP Manhattan Beach Open. To watch some of the awesome players definitely got me pumped to train and play harder…but let’s just talk about what the event was really for…free sh*t. When I found out that Quest Nutrition was handing out free samples, I was on a mission to get as many as possible. At aprox. $2.69 per bar, it was worth the effort. What I love about them is the flavors are SO GOOD, with supposedly all-natural ingredients, and around 21 grams of protein per bar.
Anyway, I recruited friends, tried to wait until people switched shifts to go up to the tent again, and went back both days. By day two they were making people sign up for the newsletter, and were only handing out one bar per person. I think I ruined it for everyone. But oh well, as you can see by the picture I made out pretty well. Muahahahahaha.
Podcast & Blog Post of the Week
I’m really listening to tons of podcasts lately (frugal activity) and loved The School of Greatness podcast this week featuring Gabby Reece. Although she doesn’t talk about money, there are some great valuable life lessons that I could really relate to! I actually worked out with Gabby for a segment for Extra once. She is tough, but humble and approachable.
The post of the week was from someone whose writing I’m not always a huge fan of: Mr. Money Mustache. He wrote a piece called, Get Rich With: Your Own Urban Tribe, which painted a picture of how having a tight-knit community is a recipe for simplicity and happiness. I’ve been thinking about this so much, and why living in LA makes it difficult to achieve sometimes…which is going to be the topic of my next post.
So how was your week in financial odds and ends? Anything fun planned for the weekend?
Mine involves some more blog work, beach volleyball, training, babysitting, and more than likely, Netflix.