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Diet Coke Resolution & More

January 9th, 2018 at 05:12 am

Much to my surprise, my husband told me that he had been drinking and buying more Diet Coke recently at work because he needed a new water bottle. This was true. His last water bottle cap melted in our dishwasher a couple weeks ago. And the place where he would buy the Diet Coke has a $3 minimum to use a debit or credit card, thus he would pick up a water AND a Diet Coke. So we bought a water bottle on Sunday for $12.95 at the Post Exchange. If I had known ahead this was all the reason I would have shopped around or purchased one at Target where I had gift cards and didn't need to spend out of pocket. But in the end the cost of the water bottle will be recouped by the NOT buying water and Diet Coke for four or five days! And we didn't buy ANY Diet Coke at the grocery store. We both have really cut this back in recent years, so it was a bit of a surprise he was on a kick with it again.

I'll try to share as much as I can about food I use up this month. Yesterday, I used up 1/8th of a white onion, last of the white rice. I also ate the last chicken sausage dog with a salad that used up romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, mushrooms, cauliflower, and half a cucumber. I actually have half of that salad left that I will eat today for lunch (with something else I can scrounge up)!

The good news is the first week on my diet was very successful. I lost 6.6 pounds. That is not a normal amount of weight loss for me in one week, but I have been trying to eliminate carbs and eat a little more healthy fat. I did better, but there is room for improvement.

Saw my husband's net pay for the first paycheck of the new year. Increase of $63.15 per pay period or $126.30 per month after withholding. I suppose it will change when the new withholding amounts are determined in February. I plan to sock this money away towards the Big Goal, so that will add $1,515.60 for 2018!

What did you use up today?

8 Responses to “Diet Coke Resolution & More”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry about the water bottle problem, but like you said, you will recoup what you spent after a few uses.

    We are going to finish the Italian wedding soup I made for Sunday's supper today. Yesterday I cooked a whole chicken and threw in a bunch of vegetables from the fridge bin to use them up and to make a rich broth.

    Way to go on that diet!

  2. Sallyr70 Says:

    Congrats on the weight loss! I'm trying to lose 5-8 lbs and it's not going so well. I was already eating 'clean'- lower carb, grassfed meat, leafy greens, good fats. I'm trying to focus on the other benefits, like no pain, better sleep, etc.... also great plan for putting the raise into savings! No lifestyle inflation!

  3. starfishy Says:

    funny that your husband didn't buy two bottles of water each time - one for today, one for tomorrow and just go to the store every other day. Smile congrats on the weight loss!

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    No kidding starfishy...I didn't know what he was doing besides spending money (at least $3) a day!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    At least you found out before the costs really added up ... Smile

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    A lot of people seem confused about carbs. There are unhealthy carbs, like bread, beans, milk, popcorn, potatoes, cookies, spaghetti, soft drinks, and then there are healthy carbs you get from things like unprocessed or minimally processed whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans.

    You NEED healthy carbs in your diet for vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of important phytonutrients. Meat and seafood contain zero phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are found exclusively in plants, which create them during the process of photosynthesis.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    No worries, PS, I am eating carbs in the form of fruits and vegetables. I'm limiting refined carbs like bread. I love bread too much! Smile

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    Glad to hear it! My weakness is pasta, though I do confine myself to whole wheat pasta only.

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