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Thursday, June 13, 2013

My dad was a bit of a gambler. Nothing big time but he played cards at the local "smokers", he bought raffle tickets & pull tabs (those tickets like scratch offs but you actually pull the paper tabs to expose the winning numbers or symbols beneath). And dad was always winning things, sets of golf clubs, a briefcase, money, bottles of libations and numerous other things. He seemed to be charmed, but don't ask how much he spent on all of these things over the years. It's not that he wanted to keep it a secret, he just wouldn't know cause he was doing this all the time. Dad knew that the odds were that he had paid for all the prizes he won. It just didn't matter to him, he did it for fun.

I am a lot like my father in many ways, but I'm not a gambler. My friends know I'm Miss frugal. Gambling makes me uncomfortable and of course the times when I buy raffle tickets in support of some cause or other, I know I have just made a charitable donation with no chance of coming home with a prize. LOL

Now, I'm frugal, not cheap. My frugality means I like to find bargains and it also means I feel the need to justify purchases. It does NOT mean that I don't spend money.

Yesterday I FINALLY got the shipping e-mail that the fitbit flex that I ordered is on it's way.
This morning when my husband checked e-mails, he saw this one and asked the title question. No, he doesn't question every purchase I make...remember, he doesn't have to, I'm Miss frugal. LOL I did a lot of consideration before I placed the order in the first place and I did tell him about it but of course this was a long time ago and he hasn't been thinking about it every day like my sparkfriends and I have. So, I had to try to explain this purchase...hmm...kind of a pedometer...a bit pricey if that's all it is...communicates with the computer...better...even tracks sleep patterns...hmmm. LOL

While out on my run this morning my mind went over the many things I have bought in the last few years in support of my fit lifestyle as well as rewards for same. In fact, most of the personal spending I have done in the last few years is on this list. Like my dad and his petty gambling, I couldn't tally how much I have spent on these things but I can tell you that I use and enjoy them!

I was sitting in the office downloading today's run when my husband came in and looked over my shoulder. The other day I had been having issues doing this. Turns out there was an update for the garmin training center that I needed to do...HA! no more troubles. LOL I know he had been wondering the other day if that somewhat pricey item was already shot. I knew it was going to be something simple....frustrating maybe...but simple. Glad it was.

Here's the thing. While he's looking over my shoulder today, my run loaded just fine and looking at my total history I see that I have logged over 850+ miles on the garmin. I would not have been able to tell you how many miles I had logged with this device. I knew I had been logging miles but that hadn't been my focus. This little factoid is pretty impressive to me....And to my husband. With this info and the way my frugal mind works, I grab the old calculator and I see that so far my forerunner has cost less than 24 cents per mile....WHAT A BARGAIN! emoticon A few more months and it will start to be paying me to run! emoticon

In my lifetime, I have spent money in many different ways in my many attempts to lose weight and get healthier. Some of those expenditures have been a total waste of money, time, and emotional investment. But others......................ha
ve turned out to be the best investments ever. Take the high cost of sparkpeople.com.....hmmm 0.00 dollars to join...investment of time to continue....and as the saying goes....the results....priceless! emoticon

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    WOW..I haven't thought if it this way. I was looking at it and thinking about it.
    Great work.... emoticon
    1831 days ago
  • JANET552
    The pay off for these devices also lies in how they help steer us to become more and more healthy. I hope your fitbit comes today. I haven't set mine to track sleep yet but I am enjoying the information I get. This is my first gadget and I do love data.
    1831 days ago
    I think you must be my soul sister somewhere -- that could have been me writing this blog tonight. :-) Enjoy your new fitbit!
    1831 days ago
    I'm so glad you're joining us with your fitbit. Of course now I really need to step it up.
    1832 days ago
    24 cents per mile-how much did you save in doctors bills because you are healthier, less prone to some illnesses...
    850 miles is phenomenal. Good job! Tell your DH about your dingy friend who bought a fitbit 1 and lost it, now she has to buy another....Really all because the safety strap was uncomfortable.
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    1832 days ago
    You're a sweetheart of a human being - very likeable. (smiling)
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  • AUNTB63
    I'm impressed with your 850 miles so far. But I'm just as impressed that it only cost 24 cents per mile to record it....let me know when they start paying you for running LOL
    Have a wonderful day. emoticon
    1832 days ago
    I think your 850+ miles is already paying off!!! Keep up the great work!!!
    1832 days ago
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