What did I do/buy this Thanksgiving and this weekend? (November 23, 25-26)

Hello, everybody! This week’s weekend update is special because it will also include how I spent Thanksgiving!

So, we’ll start with Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, we didn’t go to LOCAunt’s and LOCUncle’s for Thanksgiving due to LOCMom and I coming down with colds, so we went out to eat since it was just the two of us! Check out the Thanksgiving food at our local restaurant, Lumberjacks!


Mmmmm, good stuff it was! I even had leftovers for the next day! LOCMom treated me to this delicious meal, so two thumbs up for her! πŸ™‚

And a little later, we hit the Black Friday sales at the mall! I managed to buy four tops that I usually wear for 5 bucks each and with a $10 off $10 coupon from JC Penney, seeing that two shirts were $10.00 in total, with that coupon, it was like getting two shirts free! In reality, the coupon made the shirts $2.50 each, but still, great deal! πŸ˜€

And *ahem*, I shrank a size! WOO HOO! My basic shirts I bought last year are OFFICIALLY too baggy on me! And everyone, I’m just going to keep getting smaller! πŸ™‚ Here are some before and after photos! The after is me in my new shirt!


shirt 1


shirt 2

I’m still stoked about the whole being down a size thing! πŸ˜€ This diet is working, haha. Or should I say lifestyle change? πŸ™‚

On Saturday, I went to the Spendypants Grocery Store to restock my diet food since I was getting low on food. I had to since I was tired of eating food that was not good for me all week. : ( But after Thanksgiving, I’m back on my diet and plan to keep going with it! My goal is to be 155 pounds by Christmas! I’ve got this! πŸ˜€

Money Spent on Saturday:

  • Perfect Pinch Chicken Seasoning – $3.69
  • Milk – $3.99
  • Bananas (3) – $0.96
  • Fuji Apples (2) – $1.15
  • White Mushrooms (3) – $1.01
  • Romain Lettuce (bulk size) – $3.99

Total Amount Spent:Β $14.79

Bah. I dislike going to the Spendypants Grocery Store to buy food since everything is expensive in there, but sometimes, I just don’t have a choice. : (

On Sunday, I stayed home and helped LOCMom put up the Christmas tree! After putting up the tree by myself last year, I just can’t sand putting up fake trees anymore. Especially big fake trees. If I ever get my own place in the future, I will probably just have a 4 foot fake tree and do limited decorating each year. Ah, my minimalist dream. πŸ™‚

And I just had dinner, so here is a picture of what I ate!


That salad, or hash, was about 446 calories. Yes, on my diet, I count my calories. πŸ™‚ It helps me lose weight by doing this since I was not eating as much calories as before, I found. Β O _O So if I keep this up, I’m sure to keep losing weight in the future and will someday reach my goal weight of 125 pounds! I’m currently in the upper 150 range weight wise and if I keep it up, my 155 weight goal will be reached by Christmas! Can’t wait! πŸ˜€

Money Spent On Sunday

Total Amount Spent: $0.00

So that wraps up another weekend! Today it has been rainy and cold, but tomorrow, things should clear up enough so I can walk again outside! I’m coming for you goal weight! > _<;;;

How was your weekend?

What did I do/buy this weekend? (November 18-19, 2017)

Hello everybody! Sorry about being a day late with the weekend update! I was really cold yesterday and I have a handle on it now typing in gloves! Frankly, it slows down my typing quite a bit, but the gloves keep my hands warm! πŸ™‚

On Saturday, it was cheat meal day for me, so with LOCMom’s help, I made green bean casserole from scratch! No soup cans here!


This is when it came out of the oven! Check it out plated!

cassarole 1

That, my friends, has bacon in it! BACON! I put more bacon than the recipe called for because bacon is good and it turned out delicious! Way better than the canned version for sure! πŸ˜€ I am not ashamed to say I ate most of it on Saturday since I wanted it out of the house by Sunday. πŸ™‚ Dieting and all. πŸ˜‰

Also on Sunday, I went to Dollar Tree and found the FUNNIEST playing cards ever! Check em’ out!


Aren’t they the most hilarious and naughty deck of playing cards you have ever seen? πŸ˜› I spotted them at the checkout counter and for a buck, I had to have them for the lulz! By the way, The Pleasure Pit is an actual casino in Las Vegas, Nevada which makes it all the more funnier! LOCBrotherH looked it up and let’s just say that some of the ladies in that casino were dressed like hookers, haha. I think I am going to rehome these cards though because I don’t need anymore playing cards anyway. πŸ™‚

Money Spent on Saturday

Deck of Cards – $1.00

Total Amount Spent: $1.00

On Sunday, LOCMom went shopping by Goodwill which made it an excuse to go in there and I found two things!

First thing I came across while looking at the knives was a watermelon knife!


Now, since I bought the knife at Goodwill, I’m not sure if it was a dud knife or not, bit for $3.19, I might as well try it out and see if it will work! Now all I need is a melon. πŸ™‚

And the next thing I bought was a new shirt!

bass shirt

The brand was ‘G.H. Bass & Co.’ and from looking up the shirt online, it looks like this particular clothing company does not sell their women’s clothing at Macy’s anymore, only men’s clothing. But I do remember that this brand was pretty pricey and for $4.99, this shirt was a steal! However, the men’s shirts in this brand are going for $20 and up at Macy’s, so not a bad deal if I do say so myself!

That is another secret of thrifting! If you are thrifting clothes you want to wear, know thy brands! πŸ™‚ You don’t want to end up paying for a Wal-Mart shirt that was used like I did, do you? :C Won’t make that mistake again even though I did love my gently used Wal-Mart shirt at the time of purchase and still do. πŸ™‚

Money Spent on Sunday

Watermelon Knife – $3.19

Shirt – $4.99

Total Amount Spent: $8.18

So not a bad weekend! I really did enjoy my green bean casserole though! Soooooo tasty!

And bad news about the birds at the Frugalpants Grocery Store everyone. 😦 When I was feeding the birds, a security guard came up to me and told me the store didn’t want anyone feeding the birds anymore because they found a dead pigeon in their trash can and they blamed the predators for being attracted to the pigeons that hang out at the store. 😦 So in other words, the crows were coming in and eating the pigeons. 😦 However, the security guard said that if it was his store, he would let me keep feeding the birds though, which I thought was cool. πŸ™‚ He was friendly to me about the whole thing though, so I wasn’t too freaked out. πŸ™‚ But man, was I ever bummed! I guess that is money saved? Oh well. 😦

And it’s Thanksgiving this week, so I’m not sure if I will have time to put a weekly blog post up because of the holidays. I will definitely be putting a weekend update combining it with a Thanksgiving update though! πŸ™‚

If I don’t post anything by then, I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and if you do shop on Black Friday, shop smart and don’t overspend! πŸ™‚

How was your weekend?


Amazon Go, Amazon’s cashierless grocery store, is almost ready to go and I can’t wait!

Well, this tidbit of news just came out today about Amazon Go, Amazon’s cashierless grocery store that debuted earlier this year, but was for Amazon employees only because the “walk in, walk out” technology was still glitchy. But according to this articleΒ on Bloomberg, the long wait may be over! It is being reported that Amazon Go is almost Β ready for prime time and we will not have to wait too long until this new cashierless technology is out in the wild. And you know what everyone? I am excited!

No more will I or anyone else have to wait in long lines just to leave a store with an item that I paid for at the checkout counter. I can just walk in and walk out! Assuming Amazon commercializes their technology outside of their stores. That is what I am hoping for. πŸ™‚ Or imagine… Not going to a cashier to checkout all of your groceries and just walking out of the store with them instead while this technology charges your debit card or credit card. Sounds like a dream to me! OrΒ how about convenience stores? Want a soda or a snack? Well, just walk into the store, grab what you want, and walk out! Bam! Card charged! Yup, sounds like a good deal to me. πŸ™‚

Now you are probably thinking, “But Ms. Living On Cents, what about people’s jobs? What will happen to them?” And to be quite honest, I’m just not sure. I know a lot of jobs will be lost if Amazon commercializes this technology. So I am just not sure. Those workers will probably have to find new jobs or go back to school. But I don’t think that will be a perfect solution though. Not everybody will find a replacement job since all of those low skilled jobs will be lost and not everybody can afford school especially if you are a retail or store clerk. I am predicting that the government will have to step in at some point to support all of these people who have lost their jobs to the progress of technology.

One way of supporting people that have lost their jobs to robots is called a Universal Basic Income, which is what I think will eventually happen as the world marches on technology wise. A Universal Basic Income is a money system where every person gets the same amount of money each month just for being a human. No strings attached, just free money to spend on whatever you want. It’s that simple. And everybody who gets that free money each month can have as muchΒ of that money and any money they have in general as they want in their bank accounts. It’s not like Social Security Disability at all where you can’t have over $2000.00. I predict as this cashierless technology is instituted and even as self driving cars (which is a whole other subject) hit the roads n the next few years, millions of jobs will be lost and to support American citizens, the United States government will have to eventually step in and do something about it. A Universal Basic Income is one option that the government could implement for every American so we would all not be without money to spend to keep the economy going. And regardless, the government WILL find a way to pay for it if they want the citizens of this country to keep buying stuff they need and don’t need. This is just one option, however.

Anyway, before those dark days come, I’m going to enjoy seeing where this cashierless technology takes the retail experience if it’s ever commercialized outside of Amazon. Things are changing and are about to change into a whole other world that a lot of people are just not ready for, but if people know what is coming, they will be prepared and ready for it because you cannot stop progress.

What do you think about Amazon Go’s cashierless technology? Are you excited for it?