Financial and Physical Fitness: Day Thirteen


This is part of an ongoing going series about eating better by avoiding fast food during September and setting aside money under a forced savings plan.  Click here to read the introduction and click here to read other stories in the series.  Lisa and I will be sharing our experiences and what we learn during this experiment.

It is Friday and the rules were relaxed a bit, but I’ll explain each decision below.

Savings:  $13 transferred to savings, as planned.

Breakfast:  Since my daughter’s early school years, maybe first or second grade, we’ve tried to have a father-daughter breakfast on Fridays before school.  We started off by going to McDonald’s and that eventually changed to a local bagel shop.  Now we usually go to Starbucks and this was the first chance of the school year that we had to go.  I had a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich.  So it was basically the Starbucks version of a Sausage McMuffin.  That doesn’t count as fast food because I said so.

Lunch:  My mother-in-law has been in the hospital since Labor Day and Lisa is helping take care of her.  I went to visit them today and ate at lunch at the hospital, a buffalo chicken panini.  This met the criteria of not being fast food:  not meant to be eaten on the road, good quality.

Dinner:  Friday night means high school football and that means buying food that supports the home team financially, right?  So I had a cheeseburger at the game.  Parents volunteer to barbecue the store-bought food, so it really wasn’t any different than a burger I would have made at home.

Exercise:  Full body workout.  The weather is getting warm again.

The money will start adding up quickly now that we are in double digits on the daily transfers.  I might have to get creative with the food tomorrow though.  Maybe I’ll make some pancakes for breakfast.  Now that would be interesting.

Image credit:  Victor Adrian

Carl Starrett

Carl Starrett is a consumer bankruptcy attorney in San Diego, California helping debtors file for protection under Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code.

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