1. always look at your calendar before you agree to do anything.
2. make sure the thing you're taking off work to do pays better than work.
3. you only need water, don't bother with the crappy iced tea.
4. even if you've seen it before, don't bother with the scary movie on cable at three a.m.
5. you don't even need to go out for dinner, actually.
6. it doesn't take that much longer to walk.
7. you don't need dessert. really.
8. budget, budget, budget.
9. write down everything, then look at what you've written often.