It’s a new month and a new opportunity to celebrate the best money spent. To kick off December, Mrs. Picky Pincher from Picky Pinchers stopped by to dish on why the debt on her home is her best money spent. Paint fumes and all… Continue reading “Picky Pinchers: Best Money Spent”
This past month, I have learned to say no. I know, I know. Clap a little louder so I can hear you while I take a bow. In the past thirty days, I successfully turned down three in-person Stella & Dot parties; five virtual parties of assorted sundries like lotions, bags, makeup, and diet pills wraps magical concoctions that won’t work; a Stitch Fix subscription request; and an invitation to pay money to drink wine and paint. I am so proud. I also feel a little bit like a jerkface. But mostly, I’m just proud.
Most of these invitations have come with “easy out” opportunities, like a polite click of the “decline” button followed up by a text message thanking the host for the invitation and suggesting that we catch up soon. But one of these parties came with a never-ending email chain threaded between all the invitees. While I kept my reply short and sweet as a courtesy, here’s what I’d really like to say: Continue reading “Stop Asking Everyone to Buy Things”
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”
This year, Walmart devised an initiative to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of our servicemen and women with a green light bulb. Lots of green light bulbs, in fact. The idea being that Americans across this great nation would traipse out to
the store Walmart, scoop up bulbs, and replace their traditional bulbs on Veterans’ Day. We did not buy one. On November 11, two of our neighbors quickly pointed out this unpatriotic behavior in the neighborhood message forum on NextDoor*. Continue reading “Values Aren’t Always Visible”
We’ve all heard the cliche that some things are too good to be true. In the case of “free”, sometimes there’s a much higher cost than anyone expects. In our consumer culture, the notion of free shows up in a lot of ways. Sample day at Sam’s Club (the horror!). Mail-in rebates. Buy one, get one free. Free gifts with purchase. Free trial subscriptions. Vouchers for free lotions from Bath & Body Works, underwear from Victoria’s Secret, haircuts from a new Great Clips. But sometimes we get–or give up–more than we bargain for with these screaming good deals. Continue reading “The High Price of Free”