Tuesday, June 30, 2015

COUNTING DOWN

This is our oldest son.  There are only 9 days left to this fundraiser.  

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We are a long way from the goal but thank you for your love and support!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP.....SOAP

Today is a simple easy to do money saving tip(s).  It has to do with soap.  All kinds of soap.

When you get to the end of a bar of soap, it's too thin to bathe with, but too big to trash.  Then do this, take the thin bar and hold it with a new bar.  It will only take a few minutes for the two to melt together when wet while bathing or showering.   It makes the new bar bigger and the old bar part of the new, making it last longer.  You will spend less money, really!

Another soap idea is hand pumped liquid soap.  Use the soap as is until the bottle gets about half empty.  When that happens, fill the bottle with water, shake well.  Instant more soap.  It will not be as thick but it will work just as well.  

Finally, the idea of washing powder soap.  Actually, I quit using the powder years ago and opted to liquid.  Now, about all I use is liquid All for Sensitive skin.  Water can be added to the top when measuring but be careful with this tip.  It doesn't need to be watered down too much.  

Then the possibility of making your own washing powder is a good idea.  I have tried it with my old washer but not with my new stacked pair.  

There is an idea I have yet to try.  It has to do with solid dish washing tablets.  Maybe, just maybe, cutting one in half might be enough to do a load of dirty dishes.  Of course, this will never work with the liquid packets of dish washing soap.

These might work for you and they might not.  Just try them and see.   The hardness or softness of your public water may make a difference.

Save more, use less, is the idea.    Money in your pocket.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

MONEY TIP.....WASHING THE CAR

A few years ago, our little town was chosen to have an automatic drive through car wash.  It is very nice and probably a real money maker for the owners.  I have used it many times.  The wash prices start at $8 go to $10 with the premium being $12.  

Besides driving through while staying in your car, there are two employees who hose down the windows, front of the car and the back as you are slowly entering the tunnel.  

Then when you drive out, there is 'free' diy vacuuming, rug cleaner, air freshener tabs.

This may sound like a good value.  I'm lazy, the real reason I have been a customer.

But last year, I went cold turkey and gave it up.

Now, I drive to the get out, hose it down yourself, dry off the windows, get back in the car, drive off location.

Why?

With two cycles it costs me $3.  IF I hurry, then I can get a car done in one, costing $1.50.

It's so hot in Dixie now that drying is not really necessary.  The water evaporates and the car is dry barely before you drive onto the street.

Sure I get hot and sweaty.  Sure, it's messier.  Sure, I don't like it as much.

BUT.....

If I spend $3, max, and do not spend $8, the least, I save $5.  If I spend $3, max, and do not spend $10 or $12.   I can do it with my one good hand.  Grin.

Well, you see where I'm going with this.

Do it yourself.  Save the money.  Done and done.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

THE BIG 4-4!!!

Today is our oldest son's birthday!!!  He is 44 years old!!  How is that possible?  Seems he was just born yesterday.....well, last week anyway.

Life is good and God is good for putting him in our lives all those many years ago!!!

Happy Birthday Aaron!!!  We love you.




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Sunday, June 14, 2015

MY 600 LB LIFE

It's Sunday and I normally do not blog on weekends.  This morning I got up, readied myself for church and headed out.  I took a new RX on am empty stomach.  Uhoh.  I came home for some stomach meds but didn't work.  I finally came back home and threw up.  It may not be the meds because I've been cold all day.  Yeah, me the hot flash queen, cold!  The Hubbie went to church.  I am home watching TV.
 
The show that is on now is My 600 LB Life.  It is shocking but inspiring.  Amer's story is on tonight.  She is 23.  The scene now is showing where she is rushed back to the hospital.  She may be having a heart attack.  Her legs are huge and covered in sores. 
 
I find myself semi-praying for these people.  It's recorded so what is the point, right?  Anyway, I am showing empathy for them.
 
It's in their hands.  They can change.  They are in charge of the change.  This can inspire anyone!
 
Don't use excuses anymore.  Do it.  Think I AM! 
 
I AM.....
 
responsible
 
in charge
 
powerful
 
do it
 
worth the effort
 
capable of the change!!!
 
We all have one life.  Don't blow it!  Or don't blow it anymore!!!  Don't waste your life.

Take care of you!

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP....RETIREMENT

Well, it's time for another money saving tip.  I'm just hit and missing on this blog because I am one busy person.  Retirement is not a boring time in one's life.  

This money saving tip is something everyone should do.  Here it is:

Plan for retirement!!!  

Don't assume it will be okay.  

Put away every dime you can. 
Social Security does not make one social or secure.  So, don't count on it.  

Join your 401-K and give the max.

Sign up for life insurance for your family, especially for your wife so she can keep her house, etc.

There is a story in the Holy Bible about the ant.  The ant works all summer to put away food for the winter.  It's the perfect example of preparing for retirement.  

Why am I suggesting this money saving tip?  Because we were not prepared.  The Hubbie was in ministry for 30 years.  We lived on little.  Thing is, we have little to live on now.  

So, work and work and save and save.  If you have little to live on now, don't expect to have enough to live on later because it will not happen unless someone leaves you a boat load of cash or you win the lottery.

I think that sums it up.

Live and learn from the mistakes of others.  

Live on one salary, pay yourself, sell things on the side, save, save, save.  So you will have, have, have.

Simple.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP....BUY AND SHARE


It's that time again.  It's time to post another money saving tip on this little blog.  

What is it?

Are you close to family?   Or do you have a good friend you trust?  Key word being trust.  It goes for family, too.

Share stuff....yes, stuff.  

Here are a few suggestions:

Carpet cleaning machine

Tree trimmer

Sewing machine

Serger

Games

Tent

Cooler

Beach umbrella

Beach chairs

Golf clubs

You get the idea.  These are not every day use items.  The key is to always, always make sure you return the item the minute you are finished with it.  One family buys one thing to lend and another family buys something else. 

Only when you keep something too long, does it become a bother.  

Think about it.

Why?  Because when you need something you need it now.

Share and share alike are good words to live by.

 Just don't take advantage, ya hear now?!

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Friday, May 29, 2015

VIDEO

The idea that Christ was crucified on a Friday is debated by many.  It's okay, this video blesses me every time. 

Because He came the first time as He said, He will come again.  Next time as a lion, not a lamb.

Praise Him!



                           


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

RELAY FOR LIFE PHOTOS

These are a few of the photos from the Relay for Life this year:
 
 
This is Paul, a friend of mine and also a cancer survivor.  He is 85 this year.


 
This is me, sweaty already and two of the GRANDS cheering me on.  Love them!
 
 
 
 
This is our family, the three grown kiddos.  We took a picture before the walk.  It was all of us.  I will see if I can post it later.  We are blessed.
 

 
So thankful to all my family for coming and supporting me on my 40th year celebration!  Love to all of you!!!
 
 


 
Me, before the walk and before the rain.  I was a sweaty mess by the time it was over but so happy my family was there!
 
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

POCKET LETTERS

One of the new crazes in the craft world are pocket letters.  

Here are pictures of one sent to me from Dinah of Diary of a Not So Mad Housewife.  It's so cute!!!  She did an amazing job.  It's probably the best one I've ever seen!

Front:


Back:





Cute and more cute!  Just plain cute!  

She also makes greeting cards as a hobby.  I think she's got it down to a science!

Thanks, Dinah!

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