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Thinking Out Loud #5

January 21, 2016

Once again, I’m linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud. If you don’t know how it works check out her first post. Basically, it’s a chance for you to get all your random thoughts out and then link up with others doing the same.

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  1. This week has been a rollercoaster and I admit I’ve been pretty darn cranky. Liam has been with his dad all this week which has been a big change for me. Enjoying coffee before work, getting to work on time, taking a full lunch break, and a full evening to myself. I don’t think I’ve had this much kid-free time during the week since I returned to work. Thankfully my mood turned around today even though I still miss Liam like crazy.
  2. I’m officially a part of #SMBRD aka Social Media Breakfast Red Deer. I always enjoy attending the monthly events to learn something new about the social media world and network with like minded individuals in the community. Now I will also be working behind the screens upping our Instagram game and recapping events on the #SMBRD blog.
  3. I attended my fourth spin class last night at my local studio, My Revolution. I started off the class thinking, “This is awesome. Spin is so great, how much fun would it be to teach this!” and ended with shaky legs and my stomach contents threatening to eject. It was intense. During the class I learned that heavy climbs and the weight tracks are my jam and racing is definitely not.
  4. I have a giftcard to Lululemon burning a whole in my wallet and I have no idea what to spend it on. I haven’t shopped at Lulu for a few years now and am turning to you sports fans for help. I’m leaning towards the Down For A Run Pullover  so I can finally have some decent winter running outwear but there’s none in my size. Do I wait for them to restock? Do I buy a vest instead or a jacket (because they have my size)? Orrrrrr do I get another pair of pants in obnoxious pink because, duh, pink, even though I really don’t need another pair of pants? Help meeeee!
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  5. One of my 2016 goals was to revisit my budget. As part of that, I’ve been trying to control my grocery spending and limiting myself to $100/week. Every time I would get groceries I would be shocked that groceries for 1.5 people for a week was costing over $100 week after week. I know that I could help cut costs if I was better at meal planning and scoping deals, however that just isn’t my jam. So far this month I’ve done a pretty good job of sticking to the necessities and planning meals in my head while I shop based on what’s on sale. Anyone else have tips for saving money on groceries?

That’s it for me today. Share something you’re thinking about right now!

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Kris @ Canadian Girl Runs
    January 21, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I love hills so much more than sprints in spin too!!!

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      Becky
      January 21, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Sprints are just awful for me. I’m not fast and it made me wonder if that translates to my running too since I’m also not a fast runner.

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    Taren
    January 21, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Exciting on joining the smbrd team! I really need to make it out to one someday instead of just creeping them via sm lol.

    Ugg grocery budgeting is the worst! I am trying to improve on this as well, with 4 of us to feed, not much work and food prices rising, I need to. This month I baked cookies and banana bread instead of buying goodies impulsively at the store.

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      Becky
      January 21, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Yes you should come one day!! But following on social works too. And I’ll be recapping each session monthly so you can get a pretty good idea of what you’re missing. Unfortunately you miss out on the coffee and food. Haha.

      Man, I can’t imagine how much it costs to feed a family of 4. Gone are the days of surviving on Sidekicks hey? Hahaha.

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    Lindsey
    January 21, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    So exciting about SMBRD! Congrats 🙂
    I would wait for the coat to be back in stock, it is really cute and a good winter running coat is key!
    I love Maddy’s classes but agree I like climbs more than races.

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      Becky
      January 21, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you! I was pretty thrilled when they approached me to join the committee!

      It IS cute isn’t it? Cute enough that I could wear for day to day as well as running. I really hope they restock it.

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    Amber
    January 21, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Meal planning seriously helps me save money on groceries and also sometimes I take out my calculator on my phone while I’m at the grocery store and add up how much the groceries are costing as I put them in my cart! That helps me really think twice about putting something in there based on if I want it vs. need it. Also if you have a Superstore in your city you should get the PC Plus app! We got about $200 in free groceries last year from using that app to get points!

    • Reply
      Becky
      January 22, 2016 at 7:11 am

      Yeah I was thinking I should keep a rough total of what I’m putting into my cart. I think eventually I’ll just be able to know the longer I keep being conscious of it. Good to know about the PC Plus app. We do have Superstore but it’s usually SO busy that I try to avoid going there. I’ll shop there if I need a lot of dry goods and toiletries, etc but generally I stick to Sobeys.

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    Brie @ A Slice of Brie
    January 21, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I didn’t realize you Liam has been at his dad’s all week! I’m sorry you’ve been cranky. I have been too. Let’s blame it on January, ok?!

    Congrats on the social media gig! They couldn’t have found a better person for it! 😉

    That pullover is super cute! I’m not a huge pullover fan unless it’s a thin top though. Personally, I’d get more use out of the vest, which is also super cute. Someone give me a lulu gift card, please!

    I’m not sure yet if meal planning has brought down our weekly grocery amount yet, but it’s definitely changed the way I shop and the food I bring into the house. Before, I was spend let’s say, $100 a week, but still didn’t really have anything to make for dinner. Also, I’ve noticed that groceries in general are just getting more expensive! I don’t think I could get our budget down to under $100 a week unless we completely cut out meat!

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      Becky
      January 22, 2016 at 7:13 am

      Yeah I’m so glad it’s only Liam and I that I have to buy for. I couldn’t imagine trying to feed more than us. Even cutting out meat wouldn’t help bring your cost down I feel with the cost of produce being so high. It’s ridiculous.

      I seriously just can’t make a decision on Lulu. I know I need something for winter but dammit. Pink leggings!

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    allison
    January 22, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I love the pullover; do you think there’d be enough room under for layers? Gosh darn models and their slimness. I really like all your choices though. I know Lulu pants are great but I’d go for the bigger ticket item (jacket/vest) and look for pink pants from Winners or Fabletics.

    Oh, I DO have tips for saving money grocery shopping and having a plan. And I totally realize this could be hard/completely unrealistic if you’re shopping with Liam, but maybe if you have time when he’s with his Dad or use them and just got to one place. I start off without a meal plan and go through all the flyers for our grocery stores (we only have 3 so it’s easier) and take a quick look through and see if anything on sale sparks interest in meals for the week. Ex this week broccoli and snap peas are on sale and I have chicken so I’m making a stir fry. I buy based on what’s on sale (and yah, sometimes I go to multiple stores) and make a grocery list and meal list and usually only get what I need for a week…and maybe pick up staples or restock things I buy often if they’re on sale. Roasting whole chickens is a great way to save on meat as is braising because you can buy less expensive cuts. I make a lot of soup in the winter when veggie prices are so high and beans, stock, carrots, and potatoes are very reasonable. It takes a bit of time but I typically don’t spend more than $40-50 a week.

    • Reply
      Becky
      January 22, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      I know I’m really partial to the pullover. I REALLY hope they restock my size. You’re right about the pink pants. I can find cheaper pink pants.

      DAMN $40-50 on groceries?! Come do my shopping!! Great tips though!

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    Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
    January 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I’m the WORST at grocery budgeting. That’s for sure the #1 area that I struggle with in my budget, and I’m hoping only buying what I NEED instead of “oh, this looks neat” will help.
    I’m totally wearing my cranky pants today. Good thing I can just close my office door 🙂

    • Reply
      Becky
      January 22, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      OH man, you and me both girl. I hope your weekend is better and you find some happier pants!! <33333

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    Amie
    January 31, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Very cool about being a part of the Social Media Breakfast 🙂 How do I go about finding out if I qualify to attend?

    • Reply
      Becky
      February 1, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Texted you! We’ll chat more this week. Excited to have you attend!

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