Challenge A: Week 2. Getting car running (not used in 4 years) or get a bike


Ok, on the car issue?  Well, the insurance has picked up the fender-bender car so that’s gone.  I’m still looking for my rachet wrench box.  Also because I don’t want to work on my steep driveway, I’ve talked to Carol and she said I can work on her driveway which is flat.  Just have to tow the car over there.  Once there, my first tasks will be to pump up the tires and drain the fuel to put in new fuel.  If the tires are cracked, it’ll be more visible once they are pumped up again.  They are not too low, just a bit.

Meantime, I need to get around so I bought a bike for $75 from Lisa, Carol’s neighbor.  It’s a mountain bike that she never used but bought brand new and has a french pump.

When I lived in Japan teaching English in Koriyama eons ago, I got around by bicycle.  I even cycled out to the countryside.  I didn’t lose any weight or anything but I was pretty fit.  This area of Tucson is flat for the two miles to the grocery store and back.  So I think a bike would be a good thing.  Only problem is I have to be concerned about security because bikes get stolen a lot around here.

I also lived with just a bike or walking half the time I lived in California.  It’s a different mindset but I am having a problem getting that same mindset here in Arizona because I dislike the bus system.  The city is very spread out and so are the bus routes.  So to get to Walmart, it’s either 2 bus changes or walk one mile to take a bus that goes straight up the street to it. By car, it takes about 8 minutes.

There is one bus stop half a mile from my house and that route goes to downtown as well as all the way over to the main community college which is a good thing.  I am thinking I need to take some car mechanic (automotive) classes if I want to work on that other car.  Also I need to get a bus pass.

One thing I learned while riding buses in Oakland, you learn the shops on the route so you can hope on and off the bus on the same route to pick up different items.

Carol lives at the bottom of the hill so when I got the bike, I cycled for about 3 blocks and then walked it up the hill.  Cycled for another two blocks and walked it the rest of the way home.  I walked it home partly because it was getting pretty dark and mostly because I am way more out of shape than I thought, lol.  Things I noticed that I need to take care of — needs more air.  Looks fine when I am not on it but once I sit on it the tires flatten down.

Also there is a weird shoecap? on the pedals which I dislike intensely so those need to come off.  The problem with them is A) they don’t feel safe and B) I can’t get both on my feet when I’m riding.  I can get one on when I mount the bike but they tend to flip to the bottom of the pedal so I can’t get the other one on once I am mounted.  Since it flips under the pedal, it scraps against the sidewalk while I ride.  It’s a pain.  Whoever invented these shoe caps is a knucklehead.

Other than that, it’s a great bike.

So I am thinking to have a bicycle life although honestly I’ve seriously started looking for a cheap car because not having a car is already beginning to bug me.  The good thing is that without it, I save money because if I get that impulse to go grab fastfood or something, I can’t go.



Budget: Friday 11/3 National Sandwich Day!


Friday is national sandwich day.  So here are the deals I could find.  Best I could find was buy one, get one free.

Buy one get one free (or free with purchase)

Get 1 free sub of equal or lesser sub when you buy a sub with a 30oz drink.  Also Subway will donate 1 meal for every sub and 30z drink purchasedto Feed America

Buy a soft drink, get a free roast beef sandwich if you sign up for Arby’s email alerts to get coupons

buy one, get one free offer on QuickChek 6-inch subs when you download the coupon from the QuickChek mobile app.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Don’t see this on their site but seen it mentioned on a couple other places so check first. (I didn’t want to sign up for Perks because it wants my phone# and I have limited text msgs) Get a pastrami sandwich, and get one free if you sign up for or are a member of the restaurant’s rewards program, Potbelly Perks.

Press’d Sandwich (Canada)
Buy any sandwich and drink and get 2nd sandwich free.

Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli
Buy one sandwich, get another free of equal or lesser value with Bogo Mo coupon. The chain has locations in Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin and a handful of other states.

Sandwich Lottery

The Press Shop (NYC)
The NYC sandwich spot is donating 100% of proceeds for the day to Edible Schoolyard NYC, and will give away free sandwiches for a year to one randomly chosen lunch guest (11 a.m. through 3 p.m.).

free on next visit

Firehouse Subs
This one is a race.  If you are one of the first 50 orders for any size Hook & Ladder sub on 11/3 you will also get the a free chips & medium drink with a medium or large sub purchase on your next visit



Challenge A: Day 2. Getting car running (not used in 4 years) or get a bike


Ok, short report.

check the fluid levels for oil, brake, and water and they were fine.  Except for a big spider being near the oil thingie.  Ewww!  Hosed my engine down to get the  Continue reading Challenge A: Day 2. Getting car running (not used in 4 years) or get a bike


Challenge A: Getting car running (not used in 4 years) or get a bike


For myself, doing these self challenges is working pretty well, better than I expect.  Both challenges I got results better than I expected and faster.  You would think I would just do it — it being Continue reading Challenge A: Getting car running (not used in 4 years) or get a bike


Budget: National (free) Coffee Day on the 29th!


National Coffee Day is happening this Friday, the 29th of September, 2017.  So that means Coffee Deals.  Yay!  Gives you a reason to get up in the morning!

A few deals that are going down.  Continue reading Budget: National (free) Coffee Day on the 29th!


Budget: Swagbucks — time sink for little return


Swagbucks gets touted as a way to make  money but it functions better as a discount place for some major stores.  Honestly, watching 6 videos for 10 minutes total to earn 6 pennies is not my idea of making money.  And most of the times, it’s more than 20 minutes because usually during the 2-4th video, it stalls.

Continue reading Budget: Swagbucks — time sink for little return


Budget: Eating in Day 6 & 7 (finished 7-day challenge eating-in analysis)


Day 6

Budget:  Rollover $16.35  + $5 for the day = $21.35

Didn’t cook again today.  Had a blueberry yogurt muffin miniloaf and tea for Continue reading Budget: Eating in Day 6 & 7 (finished 7-day challenge eating-in analysis)


Budget: Eating in Day 5 (ate Kris’s stew so not cooking today)


I lost 10 pounds!  Stepped on the scale today, first time since I started this and was pleasantly surprised.  Had no idea that not eating out would result in weight loss.  Pretty happy about that.

Today when I called Carol to check what the home nurse said, Carol said Kris had made stew and there was enough for me.  So, yay!, I’m won’t cook today.  I am counting it as eating-in as Kris cooked.

So my budget rollover from yesterday is $11.85 plus todays $5 which gives me $16.85 for tomorrow since I didn’t spend anything.

Took out some mystery meat from the freezer for tomorrow.  It’s either beef or pork.  I’ll check the books and see if I can come up with something.