What We Learned On Our 30 Day Challenge

While everyone from Oprah to Britney to the CNBC staff and even my ex girlfriend has accepted and participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, we did our own challenge. Our challenge focused on being more productive, reducing our expenses and being healthier. We decided to go thirty days without a single drink of wine, beer or liquor. Yikes! That was more shocking to our system than any bucket of ice could be. We’ve done cleanses before when we went two weeks without drinking, but 30 days is the longest we have gone without drinking since our teens or twenties (David was a late bloomer). What we learned was interesting and valuable for us, so we thought we’d share.

The High Cost of Smoking

We’ve been quite social this summer, maybe too social with both of us working full time and sharing the Debt Free Guys workload. Anyway, the combination of our social life and travels has introduced and reacquainted us with a lot of people. What has surprised us this summer is the high number of cigarette smokers and smokers battling an illness or terminal disease. This made us wonder about the financial impact on smokers because of this habit. 

Baked Spaghetti Squash Recipe

A reader asked about our baked spaghetti squash recipe.  It’s a combination of recipes we found online.  The Guardian UK deemed spaghetti squash as this falls “must have” ingredient and for good reason.  It’s a low carb, low calorie (42 calories per cup), fibrous alternative to pasta loaded with folic acid, vitamin A, potassium and beta carotene.   

We made this pan two weeks ago for dinner, then had leftovers that lasted through the early part of this week.  It saved us a lot of cooking.  Also, on Sunday night, we were almost tempted to get Chipotle, but decided to go with a healthier option we already had.  If this wasn’t in the fridge, we would’ve wasted money and calories.  Click the link for our hodge-podge recipe.

Early to Bed Early to Rise… Improved Our Budget

The saying goes early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise, but does that mean anything for us today and for our budgets? 

The truth is this was specifically written about and for the agrarian lifestyle. If you were a farmer you had only so many hours in the day that you could work, and it was dictated by the sun. If a farmer stayed up late and slept in he could miss many valuable hours of his workday by sleeping them away. Less work would mean he would be less efficient, less efficient; less income.