Breakfast meal prep
- Almond Milk
- Chia Seeds
- Fruits (strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, banana, any of your choice)
Lunch meal prep
- Mix greens
- Chopped tomatoes
- Bell peppers
- Boiled egg
- Cheese (any of your choice)
- Dressing (any of your choice)
Dinner meal prep
- Season chicken thighs and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Make sure to flip sides after 10 minutes
- Dice up sweet potato yams and air fry at 400 degrees for 10-13 minutes
- Season brussel sprouts with salt and olive oil then air fry at 400 degrees for 7 minutes
I created this weekly meal prep routine to help me spend less on going out to eat. It also helps me maintain a healthy balance with food and enjoying all food categories as much as possible. Stay tune for more on my blog!
I’ve enjoyed using a planner since I was in middle school. It helped me with organizing my daily tasks, project deadlines, and goals to accomplish each month. Ever now and then, I like to swap out my planners for different layouts and sizes.
I was using a planner I purchased from Amazon a while back. It was a hardcover and had blank monthly and weekly layouts. What I loved about this planner was that I didn’t feel restricted and I was able to create the layouts however I wanted to. There were some things I didn’t like about the planner. If I missed filling in a weekly layout that I end up skipping pages and having blank layouts. It was a hardcover planner and quite heavy to carry around. It was purchased from Amazon. I’ll link it right here to check out and/or use as a preference.
I recently changed my planner to Personal Planner because I wanted to downsize. I selected the Mixbook which let me choose the number of pages and the type of layouts. It was very exciting to create this because I got to select my own cover and have my own name on the front. The Mixbook has a total of 160 pages. I chose several layouts that currently suits my lifestyle.
Here is how my current set up looks like:
- Every Day Gratitude – jotting down a few words each day helps with reflecting back on what I feel grateful for
- Monthly Goals – this helps at the beginning of month to write down what I’d like to accomplish and get reflect at the end of month
- Coloring Pages – there are a variety of coloring pages that Personal Planner that is randomly chosen in the Mixbook
- Saving Little & A Lot – this a tracker to help save a certain amount of money each day up to $100 – $1000
If you want a Mixbook from Personal Planner, be sure to check it out here. You can also use the code SPRINGTIME to get 15% off. It is valid until May 31st. I hope you enjoyed reading about my current planner set up and if you like to see more posts like this, please feel free to leave a comment with any suggestions below.
If you’ve been following my debt free journey on Instagram (@jenn.inspiration), I started at $21K in the beginning of 2020 and ended the year with the balance of $11K. I was fortunate enough to still be employed during these rough times. Along with my 9-5 job, I also resell clothes online as part-time. Here are a few tips that I like to share with you, and also experienced myself.
- I like to snowball my debt. I started off by paying my smallest amount of debt then focused on tackling on my next big amount. This made me feel more motivated to keep going. Baby steps helped me show how far a long I was to reach my goal. Even though I was taking baby steps to reach my goal, I also included deadlines for myself to reach. For example, before I reached to balance of $11K, I was at balance of $12K before 2020 ended. I made sure each week I reached my goal of saving X amount of monies from my paycheck and made a certain profit from reselling online.
- I often had trouble saving monies and always thought, “Ok! Let’s save $100,” and later on I’d end up using it. It was a terrible habit of mine. I made sure that from every paycheck I received that I set aside at least up to 10%. Depending on the situation, I tried to meet the goal because it adds up quickly. And also, from reselling online, I set aside a certain percentage to make sure that I am reaching my goal; invest into more inventory to maximize my expenses and profit.
- Plan & budget, plan & budget. I’d come to realize budgeting constantly changes. I had to become flexible about how I used my money. I always put aside monies for my regular bills I normally pay. After I paid off my regular bills, I need to consider my other miscellaneous expenses such as going out, buying food, shopping, etc. I tried to reduce my spending from buying take-outs and shopping. Shopping is absolutely my worst spending habit. Since I shop online, I try to find payment plans (i.e. Sezzle, Afterpay, etc) to work around my budget. Or, the best way to figure out if I truly need it is by leaving it in my cart and check to see if I need it again later in 24 hours. Anything can happen in 24 hours! Planning and budgeting kept me motivated and accountable for reaching my financial freedom.
- Last but not least, find your money mantra. I repeat to myself everyday: Money is an unlimited resource and it is always flowing my way. The universe works in magical ways.
I hope these tips helps you to work on your debt free journey. Let’s get this financial peace together! I will keep you updated later on this year on my progress of paying off my student loan debt.