these are my sweet, little, simple victories from the week:
- spent $118 at Grocery Outlet which included 5 bottles of their already inexpensive wine at 20% off. I am set for the rest of the year! Also bought a 13# turkey for $2 after using a coupon. We aren’t cooking one at Thanksgiving this year, but we have it in the freezer and I can get about 4 meals and broth out of it! Also bought beans and lentils for slow cooker meals...we can shop the pantry for the next 4-6 weeks at least!
- didn’t buy any coffee out or junk food - brought fruit and nuts in the car. I did buy ONE snack item today - a bag of chips at the Dollar Tree. #foradollar #noduh
- did go out to breakfast with friends, but only ate half the meal and had the rest the next morning. Only had black coffee and water - no $8 mimosa or $6 latte. #didntmissit
- took a box of clothes to the consignment shop and took the cash instead of the credit. They didn’t take much, but it covered my trip to the Dollar Tree for garbage bags, and freezer bags for the meal prep I’m planning (and the chips) :)
- the rest went into the change jar.
- walked through Goodwill and even though I held on to a few things I put them all back and walked out without spending a dime!
- bought some pants for my daughter but we went with the less expensive ones. I bought them through eBates and they were also on sale. #bonus
- I got an unexpected check for $150 in the mail which offset the unexpected tax bill I also received, but I didn't have to dip into the "emergency" fund to pay it, so it's a small victory that I will gladly take.
Right now I am baking some banana bread to share with my dad and auntie who I am having breakfast with in the morning - something sweet (literally and figuratively) to give them made on a whim with ingredients I have on hand. #lovethis
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May your weekend be filled with simple pleasures...
As I write this I am $135,000 in debt.
I am 50 years old. Divorced twice. Two kids.
College is just around the corner, times 2, minus child support for one.
Like many rebellions this one is both personal and born of desperation.
On Monday I was on a national television show talking about my massive debt. It should go without saying that I am trying to figure out a way out of it - I mean look at that number!
A definition of success that requires the accumulation of material goods.
Can I scratch my travel bug by taking a few long weekend trips? Can I house swap with friends who live elsewhere but want to visit here? I do live in an amazing spot, just a few minutes' walk to the beach and less than 2 hours from San Francisco, Oakland and Monterey/Carmel.
What are the times I feel most happy and what’s going on then?
Sure enjoy shopping. I enjoy the dopamine hit when I get something new and shiny and fancy and fashionable, but that wears off like over time. Like any other addiction the addiction to stuff requires constant feeding.
I’m addicted to reading. I buy books.
I am addicted to learning. I take classes. I sign up for courses. I sign up for workshops. I sign up for seminars. For coaching.
The truth is this: My addictions have gotten me into profound debt.
Today is the day I begin to tackle this $135,000.00 of debt I am in by taking these 3 steps first:
1) Creating an accurate accounting of where my money goes.
2) Creating a budget (with the help of Dr. Lynn Richardson).
3) Define what is truly "enough" for me.
Care to join me? The rebellion is free!
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