I’m a People Pleaser

BF: We’re leaving at noon on Thursday, right? Me: Yep, Thursday afternoon. BF: That’s not what I said. Me: Um… I’m supposed to be having a nice, relaxing getaway with the BF this weekend. It’s kind of a last-minute plan, and there are still a few things we’re trying to figure out. The problem? I’ve got too much on my plate, and I’m …

Yard Sale Results

I have to admit, it was a long, tough weekend. I took Thursday and Friday off from work, making for a nice 4 day weekend. As usual, I planned on doing way too much, and ended up a bit disappointed. Luckily it wasn’t a total loss though. The plan was to have a really big yard sale on Saturday. The …

Small House Savings?

Downsizing has been all the craze lately. There’s even been a ton of press lately about the “small house movement”. I read the articles with interest, but never really gave it much thought. That is until I recently read that any house under 1,000 square feet could be considered as part of the movement. At ~650 square feet and one …

I’m Off!

A few weeks back it occurred to me: I have 13 vacation/sick days left, and not much time to use them! The company I work for has a “use it or lose it” policy when it comes to paid time off. At the end of 2013 all those days would disappear. Granted, there’s still just over 4 months left this …

Frugal to Cheap?

Lately I’ve been wondering: Where exactly is the line between frugal and cheap? Is the line the same for everyone? Or does it sometimes depend on your social status, job, neighborhood, etc? My life is slowly becoming more and more relaxed. I’ve been in the same job for almost 2 years, and the atmosphere is fairly relaxed. I’ve been in …

Clippers and Drugs

I have to admit, I spent a lot this weekend. Mind you, it’s not like I went on a buying binge or anything; I went out and intentionally bought things. But still, I spent more than my usual ~$130 that I give myself in spending money. My biggest expense? Dog clippers. Unintentionally Frugal I always imagined myself as the single …

To Kill, or Not to Kill

After years of not being able to find the time, I finally planted a vegetable garden this year. I’ve had a vegetable garden before at this house. Actually, it was a rather large one, with a large variety of peppers, tomatoes, corn, beans, squashes, root vegetables… But alas, I had placed it in a terrible area of my yard. While …

The Past, The Present, The Future

Emotions are complicated things. The way we feel about things, the way we react to things. So much of what we think and do, who we are as a person, is determined by past experiences, or past perceptions of experiences. I grew up in a poor neighborhood. The type of neighborhood where you find yourself checking to make sure the …

At The Car Wash, Yeah!

*sigh* The car wash. I’ll be honest, it isn’t something I’ve thought much about in the 18 years I’ve been driving. Sure, I’d go maybe once, twice a year, when my car was particularly dirty. Especially if I had something important going on, or was taking a long trip. When I did go to the car wash, I usually went …

Spending Choices: Feeding the Dog

BF: It costs $1 a day to feed her?!?! Me: Ummm… Sure? It seemed like a crazy thing to be upset about. So I was spending $1 a day to feed the dog! To me, that doesn’t seem like that much. Okay, in actuality, I probably spend more like $2-3 per day to feed the dog. Given his already shocked …