Happy Monday! I thought this would be a good day to offer up this budget tip:
Plan one day this week to spend no money. Here are a few ideas to accomplish this budget-saving task. Prepare coffee at home; brown bag for lunch; eat piece of fruit or peanut butter crackers for snacking; fix leftovers for dinner. Go ahead, it's only one day. Who knows, you may decide to do it again within the same week. Hope so!
One of my favorite things to do on Sunday is water my indoor plants which are plenty. They provide clean fresh air throughout the house. In order to avoid over watering, I pick one day out of the week and water everything. A good indoor plant is the Golden Pothos which has lovely, bold green leaves. They tend to trail down from the planter or shelving for a nice look. A great way to get more plants from just this one is to clip a piece off the end, place the clipping in a glass of water, and it will root for more plants. I often look for interesting shaped glass jars at thrift stores or garage sales for the clippings. At times, I will leave the clippings in the jars instead of planting them in potting soil. I place the jars around the house especially on the kitchen window seal. If you do keep the clippings in the jars, remember to clean the jars from time to time because the water gets murky and the roots get tangled.
Have a wonderful and relaxing day with family and friends on this Simply Gorgeous Sunday!
I hope your Friday is off to a great start and there is plenty of sunshine outside your window. It's a gorgeous day in Atlanta and I am planning some work & play. I enjoy sharing neat ideas for fun and here are some for today.
-->Enjoy your lunch hour outside today. Ask a co-worker to join you and chat away about your weekend plans. -->How about ordering pizza for the family tonight. If you can, stop by your local library and checkout a free movie DVD for after dinner viewing. Also, there are lots of selections on movies at those Red Boxes located in the entrance of most Walmart stores and the rental fee is inexpensive. -->A couples dinner out is always fun. Check your coupon stash for any restaurants who are running specials like Buy One Dinner Get One Free. If you don't find one, go out anyway. You've been budgeting on meals all week and deserve a fun night out.
The ideal payment plan on credit cards is to pay the balance in full each month to avoid interest. If that's not possible, try to make a double payment on your credit cards each month in order to pay down the balance faster. If the monthly payment is $15, send $30. Of course, it's always best to use cash when making purchases.
Good Monday Hello! As someone who enjoys starting the day with warm coffee, I like my coffee pretty hot. I place the mug in the microwave for about 30 or more seconds for extra warmth. If I get busy on a project at my laptop, my coffee gets lukewarm so I add the extra warming just in case. So that little tidbit leads me to the Exercise Tip of the Day:
While heating items in the microwave, do a couple of sets of squats, lunges, arm twirls, side bends, or any standing exercise while you wait. This is a great way to work in some exercise throughout the day. Try it!
I am tickled with the fall season and wanted to share 3 early fall tips as we usher in cooler temperatures.
1. Ceiling Fans ->They have been turning all summer long helping to keep the inside of your home cooler. When you turn them off, prepare to clean the blades of dust that has collected on them. I can assure you there will be plenty. The ceiling fans will look fresh and clean.
2. Jersey Sheets ->A set of jersey sheets are a must-have for the bed to keep you warm on these cool fall mornings and nights. These sheets are not quite as heavy as flannel sheets and are perfect for this time of the year.
3. Walking Shoes/Pedometer ->Now that the temperatures outside are cooler, it's a good time to step up your walking routine. Check your walking shoes for wear from the spring/summer to make sure the tread has not worn down. Also, purchase a pedometer which is not very expensive to track your walking steps. It clips securely to your exercise clothing.
My favorite time of the year has come around...Autumn. Along with it comes delicious apples which is another favorite of mine. The price of apples in the grocery stores have been very high and I asked a produce manager awhile ago why there were so high. He responded that apples were out of season. OK, now that autumn is here and apples are back in season, I caught a great deal on Gala apples for $.99 cents/lb. while checking out the weekly ad at Publix. This is the lowest price on apples I've seen lately so my fruit bowl is now filled with fresh apples.
As I have mentioned before, it's a good idea to check the weekly store fliers for specials which can be done online before you head out to shop. Don't be afraid to ask the produce or store manager to match the price of an item. They would rather have you purchase the item from their store since you are already shopping there. It also saves you time and gas from driving around to catch deals.
If you have t-shirts that are tattered and no longer being worn, cut them up and use for dusting and cleaning around the house. Toss them in the laundry and re-use. This cuts down on using so many paper towels and it's more eco-friendly.
As a new blogger, I enjoy reading other blogs of varying topics. While reading their blog, I will check out the blogs they have listed and find great information and new blogs to follow.
Today, I wanted to give a shout out to the blogs included on My Blog List. I stop by these blogs often to read their postings and leave comments. I like to stay updated with their happenings. There is a wide-variety of topics in the list including: -->News -->Technology -->Home Design -->Food/Meals -->Organizing -->Music -->Photography -->Fashion
Stop by the blogs on my list sometime. Have a wonderful day!
Hello Readers, it's Friday and seems like the week moved along quickly. No complaints from me! I thought today's post would be open to my readers in hopes that you will share what's going on with you today and this weekend.
Me ->I am finally getting the back-to-school supplies organized and ready to mail to my nieces. Also, I haven't stopped by a few local consignment shops in awhile. I bet there are some items marked down and a good buy is always fun. My friend owns an antique store in our downtown area and I enjoy stopping by to browse and chat.
Share your fun by leaving a comment. It's always nice to hear from you. Thanks!
By now, those who follow my blog or simply stop by from time to time, know that I am quite frugal and enjoy offering ideas for saving money. Try this quick tip on for size:
-->Carry only $10-$20: As you go about your day, decide that you will only spend that amount for everything you do such as buying morning coffee, lunch, snacks, or meeting friends after work. Once that amount is spent, don't stop by the ATM. I think you will monitor your spending a bit more knowing that your cash is getting low. It's a great way to avoid mindless spending.
Here's a thought ->You might have money left over to carry into the next day. Now that's saving!
The NFL season kicked off last Thursday with the two teams who played for the Super Bowl Championship ->New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings. Today, all the teams kickoff their season and I'm excited. My home team, the Atlanta Falcons are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers which should be a good game.
It's always an exciting time of the year when the NFL season starts. I am sure homes, college dorms/student centers, and sports eateries will be filled with fans cheering on their favorite teams. It's a good day to fellowship with family, friends, and neighbors. So after Sunday dinner and slice of apple pie, tune into an NFL game. Now that's Sweet!