It’s confession time, friends. I’ve developed a habit over the last six weeks that’s not so frugal. Over the course of the last six weeks, this habit has cost our family roughly $288.57. I was so ashamed of this “splurge” that I didn’t even share it with my debt payoff accountability partner. I shared on Grayson’s site a while back the dangers of the “I Deserve” mindset.
Since our commitment to Gazelle Intensity however, I’ve developed a bit of an “I Don’t Deserve” mindset. Debt payoff can be a difficult taskmaster. It’s difficult to know where to draw the line between gazelle intense debt payoff and living life in a way that maximizes value-based priorities.
As I mentioned in my last post, it’s been unbelievably busy around here. This is, in large part, due to the fact that my freelancing workload has multiplied immensely. I am SO grateful for the extra work, as it helps us catapult our debt payoff goal. In order to remain at the top of my game and produce the highest quality freelancing work I can, I’ve delved into this un-frugal splurge: juicing.
Kim talked about juicing in this post. We did look into going the pre-packaged juicing route, but after further research, we decided to take a chance on Joe Cross’ mean green juice, the juice he featured in his documentary, Fat Sick & Nearly Dead.
Our choice to go the Mean Green Juice route was based on the experience of trusted friends. We borrowed a friend’s juicer and started our first trial run of juicing in the beginning of January. The difference in the way Rick and I felt, both physically and psychologically, was amazing. We had tons of energy. We needed a lot less sleep. And we got a lot more done. Another amazing thing happened as we completed our first 5-day juicing run: the juice that we needed to force down during our first couple of days (kale in a juice form isn’t exactly cherry soda-y in flavor) was, by day 5, juice we seriously craved!!
During week one, we also
forced strongly encouraged the kids to try some. They did – reluctantly. Now, on our fourth juicing run, they are BEGGING for the stuff. No exaggeration here. As I left for a Walmart run yesterday, they BEGGED me to get more juicing ingredients. Now that, my friends, is pure proof that their bodies are getting the nutrients they need, and liking it. It was then that I decided to buy our own juicer.
Our juicing friends own and swear by this juicer:
Since they use this juicer regularly, they borrowed us their Hamilton Beach 67650A Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor
Although the Breville Juicer works astoundingly well, it was a little out of our budget given our commitment to be debt free, so we bought this little guy:
With the Hamilton Beach model, you’ll have to put less veggies/fruit in at a time, and be a little more gentler with it than with the Breville model, but with proper care, we found the Big Mouth Pro worked wonderfully for our needs. And at $59 plus tax, the Big Mouth was affordable for us.
Our un-frugal splurge on regular juicing is at the heart of the Fruclassity Movement my friend Prudence and I have started. The Fruclassity movement aims to maximize frugality while adding a touch of responsible splurging along the way. Juicing has improved my family’s health immensely in the last six week, and that surge in good health is exactly what we need if we’re going to persevere in our goal to achieve debt freedom, because it’s perseverance that breeds success in any goal.