Living the frugal life

This blog is about anything & everything frugal. I hope that my blog will benefit EVERYONE. Anyway, sit back, relax and enjoy the rants and raves coming from a 23-year-old single mother of uno. Take a look around. You just might see something you like. Btw, tell your friends. ;-)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

So far so good

Well, looks like nobody likes me. :-(

I'm just kidding. :-)

My blog is relatively new so of course I'm not expecting comments out the gate but with that being said hopefully I can get some feedback asap if not I'm going to be PISSED! ;-) I wouldn't go that far but I would like to see something posted on the site. I would like to know exactly what type of content is needed and which isn't so that's the main reason why I'm asking for comments.

Today hasn't even gotten started yet for most people and I'm already up and ready to go. I'm running on four hours of sleep but I'm used to it though. I've been waking up early since my freshman year at high school so it's really no big deal to me.

My day started at 2am. Kaylen didn't want to go to sleep and I had to stay up with her. Currently she's resting and relaxing now so that's why I'm doing as much as I can possibly do to my site.

I managed to find more coins to go into my future savings account.I'm hoping to open it up either next month or in early September. So far, I found $2.75 in coins downstairs (in addition to the $10 that I found yesterday in my change purse).This currently brings my total to $12.75 in just two days. :-)

I think saving is important especially if you're young, retired, a single mother/father or just an overall cautious about your financial situation in the future. I think people spent too much time trying to "keep up with the Joneses" instead of being content with themselves. Think about it, if people were then the "Me" generation (tweens/teens/young adults)wouldn't be influenced by My Super Sweet 16, MTV Cribs, Laguna Beach(notice the trend yet), athletes, and celebrities in general.

Tip #1: Never buy what you might not have use for in a year.

Basically you have to identify what's the difference between a need and a want. A need is something that you must have. Read this again, something that you must have. A want is something that you desire to have.

  • Need: I have a job interview coming up and I've bleach, sewed and plastered my Fila's until they at least look fit to wear. I've done all that I can do to them to make them at least look presentable. I definitely need a new pair of shoes.
  • Want: Even though I have 1000 dvds, 250 CD's, and more than 50 video games, I'm getting bored with my new XBox 360. After all, the new PS3 is coming out soon and I really want to get this.

    Here are my examples of what not to buy (unless deemed necessary):
  1. The latest video game consoles/games.
  2. Plasma television sets
  3. DVDs/CDs/VHS tapes.
  4. Disposable items (paper plates, cups, silverware,etc.)
  5. Fast Food
  6. Junk Food
  7. Latest clothes and handbags
  8. Digital cable boxes/Internet
  9. Cell phones
  10. Bath and body products
  11. Daycare
  12. Anything breaded(donuts, croissants, etc)
  13. Anything in cans or disposable containers(such as pop, lattes,etc.)

Anyway, I hope these tips are helpful to all of you. I know I might have missed a few so stop by and drop me a comment or two of what I didn't cover. If you don't want your name listed on my site (although I don't know why you wouldn't ;-) then you can always do the anonymous post. Don't be scared though. I really would appreciate any and all feedback, positive and negative included.

Well, looks like it's time for me to go. Have a great day everyone. :-)

As always, stay safe, blessed & remain frugal.

Much love,

~JW~

6 Comments:

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Vicki said...

Jessica,

You'll get more comments in time I am sure. It sounds like a cool blog! I'm not a rich person, so your ideas about saving money seem very reasonable to me! My house mate Greg is going to take a look at your blog. Keep writing! Tell us a little about your daughter if you wouldn't mind? I absolutely love children, and love hearing about them!

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger Vicki said...

Jessica,

You'll get more comments in time I am sure. It sounds like a cool blog! I'm not a rich person, so your ideas about saving money seem very reasonable to me! My house mate Greg is going to take a look at your blog. Keep writing! Tell us a little about your daughter if you wouldn't mind? I absolutely love children, and love hearing about them!

 
At 5:09 PM, Blogger Vicki said...

Sorry Jessica! I accidentally posted my comment 2 different times! That Visual verification thingy threw me. But I'm really glad that Google now has the Visual verification in audio so I can hear it and still use it, or I wouldn't be able to post any comments to your blog. And for a while it was not accessible to us visually impaired folk. They had a petition out for Google to change this, and they did. So sometimes those petitions really do work if your patient.

 
At 10:13 PM, Blogger Marilyn said...

My common sense aunt used to say, if she had a bill, she didn't own her money until the bill was paid, as it was money owed to someone else. She and her husband met people for coffee or lunch instead of dinner. They gave of their time to the church and to help others in need...moving, cleaning their homes, wallpapering, or whatever they could to help someone. Both she and her husband have passed away, but they left a lot of people with good memories of them.

When you owe money you give up part of your life until it is returned...better to live within your means.

And, when you give of your time to others you gain more than you give...you learn from others, they are more willing to help you, and you are paying forward goodness through others.

Finally, I've learned that the shortcuts in life drag you down.
Don't maintain your car and it costs a lot to repair. Eat what you want and you get fat. Get little sleep and you run on empty.
Common sense will save you more quality in life, if you use it.
We all know what to do, really, it's just that we don't discipline ourselves.

BTY Jessica...my heart is still in Michigan where I grew up...

Will check back to read your blog and hope you will venture to mine one day...

2homes2lives.blogspot.com

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger controlled chaos said...

i have one suggestion to make. Can you make your font bigger. Maybe it's my screen. But the font is smaller than an 8.

 
At 5:14 PM, Blogger controlled chaos said...

oh and 'so far' i'm liking your blog :)

 

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