Monday, July 20, 2009

Back to school???

Time goes fast, but that fast? Didn't the kids just get out of school? I see "back to school" signs and sales all over the place! And we wonder why everyone is stressed.

It's been awhile since my kids were of school age and longer yet that they went to public school, but I remember those days of harried excitement. New clothes, new shoes, pencils, tablets, notebooks, crayons, scissors, glue... and trying to keep it all together and make sure we didn't miss anything.

If you have kids to get ready for school, the biggest expense and probably the biggest hassle, is buying clothing.

It's not quite so hard to cover it all if you start early (like now!) and don't mind doing a little second hand shopping. While garage sales are still in full swing is a great time to look for those really good buys on clothes that look and sometimes are, new. Be picky while you have the time.

Don't forget to watch for backpacks, socks and jackets while you're out and about. Get a head start on saving money, since this is an expense that you know is coming.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A penny plus a penny plus a penny...

And soon you have a dime. Do that ten times and you have a dollar and do THAT ten times... it adds up.

Never think that an opportunity for savings is too minor to fool with. It adds up. Just like a little charge on that credit card, or a little splurge at the store... just a little. You know how that adds up.

Savings adds up the same way. It's the same math. 1 + 1 = 2. Every time.

I don't know why that's so hard for us to understand.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Good times

Knee high by the Fourth of July? Maybe to an elephant! This corn is growing fast. I just hope I can beat the squirrels to it when it's time. That's a two foot tall raised bed the corn is in. The plant in the middle is a yellow squash. It's growing straight up to get to the sun!

My favorite part of the 4th of July parade!

So that's what I've been doing instead of updating this blog. I've been thinking, though. The good part of life isn't expensive. The Fourth of July parade was free; we stopped and got food at the grocery store. Seed for the corn came from what I bought to decorate last fall.

There's been very little money out over the last few weeks, yet it's been a good time. Priorities, priorities...