Sometimes the frugal things that we do in the day to day aren't all that spectacular and don't seem to stand out to us as anything special. Unless you mention what your day is like to someone else and then you get a different perspective on what you are doing and find that it isn't mundane but a new idea to them. This is my mundane day to day, whether frugal or a new idea is up to you. Take what you will from it.
One of the most valuable things that I have learned from my partner is to not fear failure, to step out and take a chance and learn from the falling down and getting back up. It has been a long road me and I have a lot longer to go but I am noting the change for the good.
Recently I was offered the chance to learn the ropes of those in a pay grade above me and when an opening comes up, I would slide right in to the position and pay; barring I set a desk on fire or something. Before I would have been too scared, felt I wasn't qualified or it wouldn't be a sure thing and probably said no. But this time I said yes and took a leap of faith that I could do it and low and behold, things are going well and the new job responsibilities are starting to feel comfortable. No word yet on when the job position will open but anywhere from 1-3 months is a good estimate.
Frugal living is about saving money where you can but also about making extra money where we can. I want to live on less so that I can save more money and then work less when I want to and not have to worry.
There were two major expenditures this holiday season that are bringing about a feeling of relief and a bit of anxiety.
The first one is a bit of anxiety, I bought brand new furniture (sofa/loveseat) that will be a regular monthly bill. The reason I bought this furniture was because we needed it and I wanted something new that would last a very long time. I also like that they had a deal for 26 months interest free. Basically I'm paying on my furniture like layaway but instead I get to use it. I know it is still credit and I have a budget setup that includes getting this paid off in a few months. I have done this once before and it worked out well, I paid it before the interest kicked in.
The second expenditure was an iMac computer that I have been drooling over for the last few months, however this buy was bought by saving the money and then buying it outright with no credit. There is definitely a different feeling between buying something right out and having to still make payments on it before you can say, "This is mine and doesn't belong to the bank."
Over the holiday I have been going through the closets and drawers as I figure out what close fit me and what don't. Over the last 3 months I have been on a journey to get my body healthier and lose weight, so far I have lost 22lbs and am 1/3 of the way to my goal. Because of this weightloss I am having to figure out what clothes I should keep just a little longer and what I know I will never wear again.
One of the unexpected side effects of doing this type of exercise, cleaning closets, isn't that I get to go shopping for new clothes but that I have cleared out so much clutter, my closet is half full now and I like the way it looks, half empty.
As I was cleaning my drawers out I found a number of prescription glasses and sunglasses and I didn't want to just toss them out but I knew thrift stores wouldn't take them. But after inquiring online I found that I can get those glasses to the Lion's Club so they can get them overseas to be used by those in need. And there is a second location called New Eyes for the Needy that takes eye glasses as well.
We ran out of jars for canning the beef stew and chicken soup and that is when we saw the plastic bags in pantry and tried it out. It works wonderful and is easy to slide them into the spots in the freezer when we had it well packed. Jars are still the preferred way since we can wash and reuse them, bags not so much with meat (cooked or not) stored in them. The "soup in a bag" is a double bag to be safe.
Recently I bought a gallon of chocolate ice cream, a store brand that was $2 cheaper than the name brand that was beside it. After trying it out, we found it is tasted more like chocolate marshmallow ice cream, but not really. Since I had already tossed the receipt, I couldn't take it back. I was going to toss it into the trash and chalk it up as a loss, but my partner shot back, "Don't waste the money, it's not THAT bad, we can still work on it over the next few months." Which I have to agree with, sometimes others have to point out where we aren't being the most frugal in a situation.
Lately I have been keeping those magazine junk mail items I get because I want to make sure I am getting off of their list. I signed up at Catalog Choice to make sure I am getting off of the mailing lists of different magazines that seem to show up. In some cases though I have found that marking the magazines I get that I don't want doesn't help, they want a subscriptions number off of the magazine. Since signing up my junk mail has decreased a noticeable 40-50%. Worth a sign up and bookmark I would say.
Thank you again for your patience and I am back on the m-w-f posting that you are used to.
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying.."I will try again tomorrow."
~Mary Anne Radmacher