Archive for July, 2008

Cook a special meal at home

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

I am producing a recipe book.  The buffalo meatloaf can be found there.  Stay tuned for how to order.

I cut my food bill in half today.

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Today I went to a bulk food store and just bought things that we will be able to use in bulk.  Cheese was in two pound packages – so that is easy to use.  The frozen strawberries looked better than the fresh, had no additives, and were  a great price.  Deluxe toilet paper (unscented and soft, 2-ply) was also about 50% of the cost at the grocery stores. This is a good chain called GFS Marketplace.  The store was clean, the staff were friendly and helpful, and there was no annual fee like some of the competition.  I actually think I will be able to get my food bill at pre-2007 prices by just planning out ahead what I can buy in bulk.

It doesn’t take a lot of money to be happy

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

The majority of people think that the reason that they are not happy is because they don’t have enough money.  They think that if they suddenly won the lotto or the sweepstakes, that all of their problems would be over.  I have seen research studies of people who suddenly came into millions of dollars.  Surprisingly, they were usually less happy and often ended up penniless in the end due to making the wrong financial decisions.

Today I spoke to my ninety-four year old stepfather.  He is an amazing guy who still enjoys life.  He spends time playing musical instruments, making home movies on his DVD camera, and driving around town in his new van. He has never had a lot of money, but he has always looked at life in an optimistic way.  He would rather make someone smile or laugh than ever hurt some one’s feelings.  He doesn’t resort to alcohol or smoking or psychological prescription drugs or other artificial highs.  He just lives and enjoys life to the fullest.

Good online value

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

I found some cute polo dresses at Target online that were on sale for less than $15 apiece.  They arrived and fit perfectly and are 100% cotton.  So, I went back online and ordered several more of them today. They are a nice soft cotton, seem well-made, and are even at my favorite hemline (about 2 inches above the knee – shows off the legs nicely without having to worry if the wind starts to blow).

I also saved $14 as I found online coupons which not only gave me free shipping but $5 off  any $50 order.  As the clothes were also on sale,  I actually saved about $65 total and only had to shell out $51 from my credit card.  And I didn’t even have to drive to the mall or use my precious gas.  Definitely a good find today!