Money

No-buy February debriefing


Here I am, a day later than expected (botched the post schedule settings yesterday), looking back at my month of no-buy. And honestly, I feel like my no-buy month went pretty well overall.

February was largely about me being more conscious of my money. Besides being in a no-buy mode (with a few exceptions), I was also just generally watching my budget better. I am using one of those budgeting apps that assigns every dollar a category, and so each dollar I spent had to go somewhere. I was not actively doing a lot to change those numbers, but even being more aware has helped me in many ways.

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Money

No-Buy: Did I break the rules in my first month?


We’re two days from the end of February, and now seemed like a good time to take a look back at my first no-buy month. I say “first” because I will almost certainly continue into March, with modifications. But that is for another post.

With this post, I wanted to look back at the last four weeks and confess to you, the anonymous Internet, three times where I stepped over the line and bought things this month. While I may have violated the letter of the rules a couple of times, I feel that each of these stayed within the spirit of my midlife makeover goals.

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Food

The Ali Edwards Diet (Redux)

Towards the end of 2013, when I was in the thick of my last successful round of weight loss, I was blogging for Skeptoid (my favorite podcast, by the way, and if you’re not listening to it, you should be). As part of my blogging there that year, I wrote about the diet plan I was on at the time. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, I called it “The Ali Edwards Diet” (Edwards being the pseudonym I was writing under at the time).

It was meant to be a skeptical counterpoint to most fad diets, with their prescriptive and restrictive approaches to weight loss. And it basically laid out what I was doing at the time, what was working out so well for me … and continued to work well until I fell out of my good habits and started emotionally eating again.

Since I’m trying to rebuild those atrophied habits again, I wanted to go back an re-examine what I wrote then, and repurpose it for 2020.

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Self

What I’m Watching: “The Financial Diet”


One of the things I am trying to do with this whole midlife makeover thing is to consume a broad and varied catalog of self-help, how-to, and motivational resources. I notice that, too often, people who go on these self-improvement journeys often identify a single book or method — KonMari, or the Total Money Makeover, or the Keto Diet, or whatever — and use that method, and only that method, even if the method itself has flaws or gaps. That’s fine, for some people, but I prefer to synthesize the best elements of many approaches, in the hopes of finding one that works best for me.

So this is the first of my “Self-Improvement Library” recommendations, highlighting the sources of information and advice that I’m finding most helpful in my midlife makeover. YMMV. First up, the YouTube channel “The Financial Diet.”

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