We all have twenty-four hours in a day. Some of us have the resources and wherewithal to leverage that time more effectively than others. While we may not all be on equal footing in that regard, we all make choices about how we spend our time. For too long, I viewed my days as an hourglass that sat next to my to-do list. On good days, the list would be finished before the sand ran out. On most days, though, the list would spill over into the next day.
For the past few weeks, I’m trying to reconsider how I budget my time. Instead of simply tackling whatever is on the list first or whatever habit is ingrained so deeply in my subconscious that I don’t even have to put in on the list, I’m prioritizing my day. I’m also trying to change the way I view my time. Instead of simply thinking to myself, “I don’t have time for this,” I’m swapping out that phrase for “I don’t value that right now”. Harsh? Maybe. But very few eye-opening truths aren’t. Time is finite, so I’m going to attempt to spend it more wisely. Continue reading “I Don’t Value That Right Now”
Mr. P and I are in the midst of a massive overhaul of our home. For the past few weeks, I’ve been a decluttering machine. Craigslist, Poshmark, Tradesy, local consignment stores. You name it, I’ve tried it*. I have also filled several trash bags to the breaking point and bequeathed them to my neighborhood Goodwill and a few other local charities.
But then it occurred to me: Donating an incredibly-out-of-date top to Goodwill mostly benefits me. Not Goodwill. Sure, I have some big-ticket items and designer duds that I’d still like to consign, but my time is worth something too, right? Was I spending too much time reselling things for pennies on the dollar? Couldn’t I afford to be a little more generous?
Continue reading “Simple Switches: The Goodness of Giving Something Away”
Every Friday, I’ll feature a simple change that I am implementing to lead a more purposeful life. I hope you’ll join me or share some simple switches that you’ve made to your life.
Make your bed every day. That tip tops virtually every morning productivity list floating around on the Interwebs. So, when Mr. P and I got married we agreed. The bed would get made every morning.
Weekdays were a no brainer. I leave before Mr. P even has to roll out of bed, so he would get stuck with bed-making duty. Done deal. Weekends were another story, though. Eyes half crusted shut, hair matted down, I’d catch Mr. P slinking out of bed. After which, he’d urge me back to sleep. Then, I started to wake up before him. It was almost like we were subconsciously waking up at different times to skirt the chore. We both knew the bed needed to be made, but neither of us really wanted to be the one to do it.
Finally, about a month ago we decided that we would make the bed together. Every. Day. Now, we both get the usual one-thing-crossed-off-the-to-do-list benefit that any solo bedmaker reaps, but we also get a lot more. It turns out there are four really great reasons to make the bed together: Continue reading “Simple Switches: Four Reasons to Make the Bed Together”
I know my fitness post was on the wasteful side of things, but when I’m not hesitating to kick my gym membership to the curb, I actually can be quite frugal at times. Not Extreme Cheapskates frugal, but frugal nonetheless.* I certainly have a long way to go in terms of optimizing my spending and saving habits, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? Read on for some saving habits that I have already mastered:
Continue reading “How Ditching Diet Coke Saved Me Over $300 This Year and Other Frugal Habits I Already Have”
I was hooked.
Sure, it cost some money up front. Sure, it got some strange looks from passersby. Sure, it even consumed my evenings and weekends. But I was saving money. I was stockpiling all sorts of necessities. I was guaranteed to never pay more than 50 cents for a tube of toothpaste ever again.* I was couponing. Not the fill-up-five-carts, clear-the-shelves kind of couponing, but I was couponing nonetheless.
And I got really good at it. I knew where to score cheap Sunday papers (thanks, Dollar Tree!). I knew which friends and family I could hit up for more Sunday coupon inserts. I knew which cashiers at Target wouldn’t roll their eyes at me when I used a MQ (clipped, printed, or peelie), TQ, and Cartwheel.** I knew how to score freebies on tons of items that we used regularly.
Then everything came to a screeching halt. Continue reading “Extreme(ly Stupid) Couponing”