Saturday, March 22, 2008

Money Saving Ideas

Beyond ‘if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down’ water saving type tips.

Lower credit card bill this month?! Oh yeah, I haven’t been grocery shopping in 3 weeks…ah what the heck, it’s lent, it’s good for them. Seriously, my credit card bill is about $600 less than usual. That’s what happens when you don’t go to the grocery store for the big weekly shopping trip and just eat what’s in the pantry and freezer. Of course this is only a short term solution since you have to restock the groceries eventually and it only works if you were well stocked in the first place. But it was nice while it lasted.

A few weeks ago our power went out for the weekend. It wasn’t too bad, other than the kids playing with the candles and trying to burn down my house. Anyway we had no heat for the one night it was out. The inside temperature went down to 58 degrees. We just wore warmer clothes to bed and everyone was fine. So 58 has become the new temperature that I turn the thermostat down to at night. I still let them turn it up to 64 during the day…I’m not a completely insensitive.

Now if someone would just give me a free milk-cow or two.

How not to save money. Spend the day (today) at a soccer tournament. Drive 83.35 miles (each way) to the soccer tournament (you have seen the price of gas, right?). Bring enough food and drink to last from 7am-5pm. Pay tournament fees. All this so ONE out of eleven kids can play 3 lousy soccer games…Actually it was great to get to spend the day with alone with just one of the kids, doesn’t happen much.
There goes all the money saved by eating the pantry bare and freezing the family at night.

today's workout: 7 mile run

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