“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
(at Gorge Metro Park)
That one time we went to the apple orchard on “family fun fest” day and were competing with preschoolers for prime produce 🍎🌳
"Hello, thanks for calling Graduate Admissions…" #CapitalOneZippy #corporatelife #supercasual You’re welcome @alombar7
ballin’ on a budget
we have recently moved to Akron, OH so I can pursue graduate coursework for the next couple years, and Glen teaches at a nearby high school. what all the moving hype doesn’t tell you is that moving is literally expensive as hell. with driving a Budget truck up to Akron from Raleigh (which is a whole other stressful situation, i will never be rude to moving humans again while driving on the highway), paying move in costs and first months rent, paying to start up a new time warner account and other bills, paying to get necessary bare bones household food and needs…paying paying paying. we were actually wiped out on cash. i had $7 in checking and $3 in savings right before my first payday, after working all summer. it was seriously budgetary calculated mayhem.
now we are a little more afloat, with a paycheck for each of us under our belts (i was able to move serious cash money to my savings account last week, holler!), but times are still tight, and we are continuously calculated and mindful.
let’s throw in glen being a weightlifter (so we need to eat healthfully and in serious volume, which isn’t always cheap), and the fact that we are getting married in may (bye bye $170 on save the dates aka little pieces of paper).
so we have learned a few things.
the rules for ballin on a budget, august and september edition:
1) buying in bulk. this makes everyone nervous at first, because the fact that you are holding a massive bag of frozen chicken and will you ever eat this? google has been a wonder, seriously. the cheapest part of a chicken near us that you can buy is drumsticks, which are not entirely desirable to be munching on at 6pm on a Tuesday in a place that is not Medieval Times. however i looked through a bunch of mommy blogs, and i pull these massive drums from the freezer as we go, and you are able to crisp them up nicely and in a variety of ways! bulk is also smart since you can freeze things. which is pretty great, since you are stretching the lifespan of your food massively.
it’s a little tedious since you have to think about what meal will happen which day of the week in advance to have it defrosted by cooking time. however, it’s super budget helpful since the frozen items stretch over time and save your dollars.
2) shop around. pretty simple. when we first got here we accidentally found a supermarket called Acme, which is the cheapest food store around here (the walmart near us doesn’t carry food, and giant eagle has proven to be more expensive). but we tested different grocery stores around before we became acme regulars, and now we are card carrying members!
3) learn to wing it. i googled a lot of “eat healthy cheaply” articles and thought most of them were unrealistic, since we were starting out fresh and didn’t have all the various spices, and i couldn’t convince myself that dividing up the amount a bottle of cumin cost over time (plus 50 other spices) was really worth it.
the other day i found myself staring into our cupboard, lost and confused about what i was going to make for my turn at dinner that night. and then i pieced together that tomato soup was close to the same as diced tomatos, right? so tomato soup plus canned chili, plus a couple random cans of beans, and a pound of defrosted ground beef became slow cooker chili!
my weightlifting man is currently transitioning to being dairy-free (at least in our household), and requires a bunch of fiber and protein to keep functioning. so the other day i went through the cupboards and literally pitched everything fiberous into the slow cooker, and it was awesome. potatos, corn, peas, steak that my mom had brought a few weeks prior, spices, etc. just winging it.
4) know your suburban diva limits. i find it difficult to resist starbucks and mcdonalds…and there’s a mcdonalds off the exit to our apartment, and a starbucks is a floor below me at work. temptations, temptations. so after a week or so of frequenting the starbucks, i realized that the dollars were adding up, and that was a little ridiculous. so i went to the blessed acme, and got 24 cans of green tea for $5, called it a bargain, and now i drink one of those every morning instead. go team go! however, i’ve made the walk to starbucks on fridays to get a drink now since i’m being so flithy healthy during all other times. that’s my diva limit, and keeps me away from spending unnecessary money on extra items because i know the reward is coming on fridays!
5) save wisely, and often. whenever a paycheck rolls in i know how much to put into savings, to leave enough in my checking for rent, etc. i have had my eye on a camera for about two years, and have steadily worked towards getting to the point when i could spring for it. thankfully, labor day sales and my account all aligned, and my canon t3i is now my child. but i also now that coming up in the next set of years is another big move, a house, growing on upward. so making sure our savings stays full is important.
6) poverty is fun! we have created a bit of a DIY situation with our wedding, and bought bulk wax to make candles yesterday. we got the mason jars for free, so it was about $20 for the whole deal. which is really great, since the amount of candles we were about to make would be upwards of $60. slowly we will work on making more, and have a few other things we want to make ourselves too!
here’s some pictures of the aforementioned creations!
and this one, just ‘cause…
What an unforgettable night, in the emotional and physical sense. Physical, in that I didn’t know @teddysphotos had so many 12-13 year old fans, and my hearing is probably permanently damaged 💁💁 (at Cleveland State Wolstein Center)
New camera + limited friends = this poor soul is my only subject while I paddle through the instructions manual. What a champ! #canont3i #labordaysale #ohyes (at Gotham on the Pond)
Universe ➡️Milky Way ➡️ Earth➡️United States➡️Midwest➡️Ohio➡️University of Akron ➡️ College of Health Professions ➡️ School of Counseling ➡️ Department of Marriage and Family Therapy.
In response to all the ridiculous child photos @clairepcrosby puts up of me, and in honor of freshman move in today…#tbt to Miami days in general, esp pirate ⚓️🐼
Watch out, he’s EMPLOYED! @glenkalbaugh can’t help but jump for joy! Congrats on becoming Summit Academy’s new PE/Health teacher, you fancy man! 🎉😊🎈