Shredded Beef Tacos + More Budget Talk

Of course I found this recipe on Pinterest. Know what’s great about it? We ate tacos twice this week with this ONE crock pot meal. Don’t you love when that happens?! I sure do.

To be honest, I followed this recipe a bit, but I didn’t follow it step-by-step. Here’s what I used:

  • 1 lb. beef stew meat
  • Corona (because I had it on hand and didn’t have a dark beer)
  • Salsa
  • Tabasco sauce (for an extra kick)
  • Jalapeno
  • Taco seasoning
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Two cloves of garlic (diced)
  • S&P
  • Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming spice

I literally dumped everything in the crock pot, set it for six hours and didn’t even think about it until that night when I got home from work.

The apartment sure did smell good!

For toppings, I used:

  • Avocado
  • Cheese
  • Broccoli cabbage
  • Lime juice

Yummooooo.

What I Want Wednesday

I may be weird, but I absolutely love when a new month starts over. I use the website Mint for budgeting and as I’ve alluded to before, I stick to a decently tight budget because we’re trying our hardest to save up for the future. In high school and college, I’d just go to Target and buy a bunch of random crap like nail polish, a new pair of shoes, an umbrella, a purse, a new lamp for my room, etc. etc. You get the picture! I still love going to Target, but as of late, I’ve become the queen of list-making when hitting the store, so I try not to over spend.

I won’t write down what I budget every month because I think everyone has their own way of making their budgets work, but if you are looking for a guide, here’s the gist:

  1. Figure out my income (for me, that’s a set amount each month – it never varies)
  2. Subtract my necessary expenses (rent, utilities, food, gas, student loans) *My employer automatically deducts a certain percentage from my paycheck for my 401K. If yours doesn’t, I’d strongly suggest putting money aside for retirement. NEVER too early to save.* Aaaand now I sound like my dad.
  3. Decide how much is left and allocate what I want to save vs. what I want to spend my money on that month (aka – leftover).

For instance in March, I know I have to pay for Gracie’s surgery, so that’s an extra expense I wasn’t expecting, so that will come out of my “leftover” cash. Note, I’m still saving money – this just means I’ll have to make fewer Target trips. 😉

Make sense? When I graduated college, I knew NOTHING about budgeting or saving money. I’ve learned a lot in a year! I also suggest checking out Jenny Blake’s blog – Life After College – that’s where I really learned how to budget!

So because I hardly ever buy anything on impulse, I keep a nice little document on my computer with things that I want very, very badly, but don’t necessarily need. I’m also starting to put everything on Pinterest so I can look at it every day and talk myself into buying it. 🙂

Errgoooooo the birth of “What I Want Wednesday!”

I came up with this little ‘theme’ because lately I have paid attention to the fact that a lot of my favorite bloggers have a ‘theme’ for one day a week and since I’m trying to become a more consistent writer in 2012, I thought this would help. 🙂

Basically, I’ll just look at my latest “want” and post it on here. I may buy it down the road, I may not, but I think it’s always fun to see if someone got a new pair of shoes, pants, bag, iPod, etc. Plus, it will give me incentive to save throughout the month so I have “leftover” cash to buy fun things like this:

Cute, right?

(source)

Serious question: how often are you supposed to buy tennis shoes? I bought my last pair last March. I think I’m due for some new shoes. I took really good care of them, but I do EVERYTHING in these shoes! They’re the only pair of tennis shoes I own right now, so I run in them, go to the gym in them, wear them grocery shopping, to work sometimes, hanging out with friends, etc. I’m sure they’re doing bad things to my feet when I run because they’re pretty old.

Since my current shoes still look good, I really want a pair of shoes dedicated just for the gym. No, I’m not turning into a crazy marathon runner, but I’ve been racking up the miles in the gym and that’s been motivating me to go a lot more! Cute shoes, huh?

If you want, post a link to the latest thing you thought about buying or recently bought! I get so excited to see stuff like that. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Shredded Beef Tacos + More Budget Talk

  1. Cute shoes!
    I use Pinterest to keep track of things I want too. I love being able to file things and come back to them later. I may or may not get them but it’s fun and helps keep me focused why I want to save money now.

    • Thanks! I’m obsessed with them. 🙂

      Pinterest is a great way to file the things I love…and get good ideas for new things I “want” to buy. 🙂

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