It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been able to pop in and provide everyone with an update. We’ve been making some progress on things and are really happy to see results in trimming back our eating out. Here’s what’s new…
Less Eating Out For Our Family
Our family has actually been doing really well with not eating out recently. We haven’t cut it out completely, but we’ve managed to trim our $1,000/month habit down to $300 in just one month. We are taking the $700 in savings and tossing it at our debts (IRS first).
Next month, the goal is to get that figure down to $150 total for eating out during the month. Right now, with how our lifestyle is, that is a good goal for us. With us both working from home and having our little one home full-time, eating out will still happen occasionally because we are tired. However, the savings we’ve seen has been extremely motivating. We haven’t wanted to eat out as much and leftovers started to taste better when we realized how much money we were actually saving.
Despite cutting back on eating out, my health still hasn’t been the greatest. In fact, it’s felt like one thing after another recently.
Latest Health Update
I am scheduled for a heart monitor to be placed for the long weekend tomorrow. I’m hoping this provides us with some answers as to what’s been going on. I’m still dealing with heart palpitations just about every day, sometimes multiple times a day.
On top of that, I’ve become increasingly aware of several other issues. Tinnitus in my ears when I bend over (which I do a ton with a child under the age of two in the house), nausea every day, dizziness, headaches, chronic back/pelvic pain, and just general fatigue. It has been exhausting. So, I’m hopeful that the heart monitor can help address what’s going on. Either way, there will likely be a number of doctor’s appointments in my future still.
The silver lining here is that I’m able to take care of this. A few years ago, we wouldn’t have been able to handle any of these expenses (though it’s still stressful now). I have insurance. Plus, everyone else in my family is very healthy. All of these things are blessings, even when I’m feeling awful.
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Amanda Blankenship is the Director of Social Media for District Media. In addition to her duties handling everything social media, she frequently writes for a handful of blogs and loves to share her own personal finance story with others. When she isn’t typing away at her desk, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog. During her free time, you’re likely to find her with her nose in a book, hiking, or playing RPG video games.