I recently came across the list of 30 Common Money Wasters at http://www.dealsplus.com/topic/2991/30-common-money-wasters-and-how-to-avoid-them . Being frugal, I already practice most of them and agree with the article. One item that I don't totally agree is the lottery one. It's a waste of money, the article says, you are better off putting your money elsewhere. But if you are not in it, you have zero chance of winning. Such is the case with my participation in the ongoing Newton Running Spell Challenge. It was near the end of Week 3 and not having won anything the first two weeks I was a bit discouraged. But if you don't enter the contest you have zero chance of winning the Timex GPS watch and pair of Newton shoes. So I ran the relaxed route below and pulled out all the plugs for creativity, such as the two e's, the a, and the x. It was good enough to win me some semi-final weekly prize, not the shoes or the watch, but it's a start. Three more weeks to keep trying!