Archive | March, 2013

First Card Down, Three to Go!

18 Mar

This weekend I paid off my first credit card! I haven’t had a card with a $0 balance since I started collecting my debt about 6 years ago. It feels great! I’ve still got a long way to go with 3 more cards with balances, but it feels good to see that I’m finally making progress on this. I took a little more time on Saturday to compare the current balances on my cards to what I started with in January. I also shifted some money around and signed up for a Slate card through Chase. They offer 0% APR for 16-months and $0 fee for balance transfers made in the first 60-days. I shifted the larger balance off my Bank of America card so I can save a little money in interest for a year. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a high enough card limit to switch ALL my cards over to Slate.

Next card I’m paying off is my AMEX! I’m aiming to get that one paid off within 2-3 months.

Vegan Chickpea Curry

10 Mar

This weekend we tried out a new recipe. Since going vegan this month, I haven’t tried any new recipes. I’ve just been making beans, rice, lentils, veggies, and whatever combination of those things I can throw together. I found Vegan Stoner through Pinterest and LOVE this site. They give you drawings of the ingredients, rough measurements, and simple directions. So cool! First up for us was this Chickpea Curry recipe. It was SO simple to make and also pretty cheap. My biggest expense was the container of coconut yogurt for $3.50, but we doubled the recipe and it made 4 servings. I doubled the amount of curry and garlic the recipe called for because it was coming out a little sweet from the yogurt. It took about 30-40 minutes of simmering for this to finish, but this should cook a lot faster if the carrots and peppers are cut into smaller pieces than the big, lazy chunks I made.

March Goals

7 Mar

This month has been off to a rough start! We took a quick vacation from Friday-Tuesday, so I’ve been so thrown off and haven’t started on 3 of these goals.

As of today, I will kick myself back in gear. I’m starting in on this cleaning routine that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I had tried it last year but only lasted about a week. Also, I’m dedicating a portion of my weekend to keeping up on laundry. Right now, when I finally get around to doing laundry, I leave it in the dryer so I don’t have to fold it or dump the pile in a dresser drawer or empty chair and use it up until I have to wash everything again. Gotta change that!

I’m also eating almost vegan  this month (my one exception being honey); I watched Forks Over Knives and it really hit home. I’m seeing a lot of health problems come up in my family. I’ve cut out meat and dairy, the latter being a HUGE deal for me. I also want to do yoga 1-2 times a week, but I have to order that darned Roku so I can stream the workout video on Netflix.

Treating myself to a nice french press at the end of the month if I make any progress! These are some tough ones for me.