Posts Tagged ‘saving money’


By Kristina

Copies of parent letter? Check.
Copies of syllabus? Check.
Back-to-school outfit? Check.
Fresh boxes of markers? Check.
Neatly arranged groups of desks? Check.
Enough coffee to set a baby elephant aloft into the clouds? Check.

Want to see the true zombie apocalypse? Switch teachers’ coffee to decaf and watch havoc ensue in their classrooms. Every morning at my school, there’s a parade of Dunkin Donuts iced with cream and sugar, Starbucks peppermint mochas, homemade black coffee in travel mugs, and even the rare 7-11 coffee cup filled at the espresso machine. Sometimes a teacher who has been lovingly nicknamed the “Coffee Fairy” brings a huge carafe of coffee into the lounge for all to share. I used to proudly strut in this parade with a large iced black from Magnificent Muffin, guzzling 900 mL (I checked…it’s that big) by 8:00 a.m., and sometimes supplement with the Coffee Fairy’s offerings.

This summer, I embarked on a mission to quit my dependence on coffee. Two weeks of daily two-hour naps right at the beginning of summer did the trick, and I switched to cold brewing my own iced Rishi Tropical Crimson tea. This is a comparable alternative to  Starbucks iced passion tea–just put one quart tea bag into a ~1/2 gallon pitcher overnight and serve over ice the next morning.

In spite of my newfound love for the cold-brewed Tropical Crimson, I still craved green tea. One fateful day, I made the impulse decision to try the Starbucks iced green tea latte instead of the iced unsweetened passion tea, and a new Green Monster was born.

Fasten your seatbelts, it’s budgeting time!

A grande iced unsweetened Starbucks green tea latte costs $3.91.

I bought a half gallon of almond milk ($3.99) and 3 4.4-oz packs of Rishi Sweet Matcha powder ($23.44).

My at-home version of the GrTL: 1 tablespoon of sweet matcha stirred into 8 oz almond milk, served over ice. Tasty!

The pictured GrTL is more than 8 oz, but bear with me for the sake of the problem.

Math Problem of the Day: How long will it take me unti I break even with the Amazon + Whole Foods purchase? Assume I just keep buying almond milk when it runs out.

Non-Math Question of the Day: What are your favorite coffee or tea beverages (made at home or bought)?

Om and Quitting the Gym

By Kristina

Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t…snap at their students.

Little Miss Runshine’s 30 Day Yoga Challenge is going to be on like donkey kong. I checked out these six dvds from the Boston Public Library today to get ready for the September 1st start.

I hope that doing yoga DVDs and classes regularly for a month will:

a) keep me calm in and out of the classroom

b) undo some of my running-related inflexibility

c) serve as a good alternative to the gym, because calm and saving $ > calm

Jess (Little Miss Runshine) and I joined Boston Sports Clubs about a year ago. Initially, I thought I’d go to group exercise classes as well as avail myself of the various cardio machines and weights. I like the great selection of gym locations near my home and work, but I’m not using the gym’s facilities and classes to the best of their potential. I have been to a grand total of two group exercise classes (one spinning and one vinyasa yoga) during the past year, have ventured into the weights section only a few times, and have probably spent most of my gym time either foam rolling or on a treadmill. Thus, the cost per visit is probably $$$$ rather than my initial vision of $. The math teacher in me cringes at this.

It’s time to put that $$$$ toward a more financially sound way of workin’ on my fitness! I now own a way better foam roller than those at the gym. Running outside is free, and I can embrace my inner New Englander by running in winter weather. Yes, I am saying this as the heat of summer gives way to leaf-peeping season and idyllic fall running weather. I promise not to clamor for the comforts of a Precor treadmill + tv once the first snowflake falls.

Additionally, differentiation suits fitness just as well as it does instruction. If a snow day or a want-something-different-from-running day happens, there are still the options of:

  • soul.train personal training, yoga, zumba, BPM, Crazy 8’s, or indoor boot camp
  • Zuzana Light ZWODs and ZWOWs
  • Workout DVDs (Jillian Michaels, Jackie Warner, Exhale Core Fusion yoga, pilates)
  • Swimming at JFK pool
  • Pinterest workouts

What yoga DVDs, classes, or non-gym workouts do you recommend?