Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Community Garage Sale Earnings

Three years ago we packed our bags and moved from New Jersey to Florida. Two months ago we moved to a new home I Florida.  In all that time we’ve accumulated stuff.  Stuff we didn’t use anymore. Stuff we didn’t appreciate anymore.  Stuff we thought was too good for Good Will.

Our development(s) don’t allow for individual yard sales.  We were unaware of the community garage sale the first year, were not around last year, but we were able to do it this year.  I was skeptical since it only ran from 8:00 am to noon.  Up in NJ, it was until 4:00.  Turns out I didn’t need to worry.  In the first hour, we got rid of so much, that I raised the prices.  I like to price low just to get rid of stuff.  And we did get rid of stuff.  A lot of stuff.  We cleared $200!  That’s better than what we’ve had done in New Jersey. I think our best in NJ was around $60.

And since I’m so frugal, my half of that money will probably last me three months or more!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Survey Savvy - Intelligence Adds Up

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My wife tells me I do too many surveys online.  And she is correct. They do get repetitive and it seems that they are all linked to one another somehow.  But one survey site I like is Survey Savvy.  Why?  Because they pay more than others.  On average they pay about $2.00 a survey.

But the problem is that you may not be what they are looking for.  I have been declined more than I’ve been accepted.  It almost made me decide not to continue.  But now that I have more time on my hands, I choose their surveys over others.  And they are not short.  They could take 25 minutes or more.

Survey Savvy has been around since 1999, so they are not some fly-by-night company.  They also do NOT use PayPal or direct deposit.  So you have to request a check to be mailed to you (no minimum) and it could take 4-12 weeks to receive your check.  I’ve made some spending cash from them and will continue to respond to their survey requests.

If you want to learn more, click on my referral link here.  How knows, I may make a small fee when you complete a survey.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Why Do I Spend Money?

And to get back into writing this blog, I started thinking about ways to save money, the question I ask myself and you should ask yourself is why do I spend money?  Take a moment to think about that.  Then take out some paper and a pen and write down the reasons you spend money.

Of course, there is the obvious and legitimate reasons we spend money (the basics – food, clothing and shelter).  But then there is everything else.  We buy things out of boredom, because we are depressed or just trying to impress others.  I used to buy CDs when I was sad.  If I had that money now.  I certainly don’t have the CDs any more.  Trying to impress others is a waste of time and money.

Somehow we associate buying new things with being happy.  My experience is that rush of happiness does not last long.  We buy things to numb our emotions (and I’m not talking about drugs and alcohol).  Money doesn’t buy happiness.  That is one thing to remember.

So with your paper and pen, write down all the reasons you spend money.  Cross of the legitimate ones and look at the ones that are not legitimate.  Think about why you purchase these items and are they really needed.  Think of what you could do with that money if you didn’t spend it on these “illegitimate” things, like paying off debt or saving/investing.  Think of things that you could do other than shopping to deal with your emotions.

I’ve stopped buying so much stuff and have saved and invested more since I’ve started questioning everything I purchase.  I also like to keep my wallet empty.

Good luck!

Friday, November 16, 2018

October's Passive Income Recap

October was not a good month for me and my passive income. Not only is dividend income low, so is everything else.  October is usually not a good month in dividend cycle.  But my motivation to make other income was low.  I did get more in gifts.  And now that my Christmas shipping is completed, I can save that for next year.  I hope November will improve, but half way through the month I don’t think so.

My net worth decreased less than 15 from September but is still 6.5% higher than this time last year.  Would like to keep it 105 better. I have to work on that.

But what really bothers me is that our expense are increased instead of decreasing.  I know we bought a new home in September and had some adjustments in October, but I am hoping that it will go back down as we approach the coming months.  The more expenses increase the longer it will take to get to FIRE.  Keeping my fingers crossed and my wallet closed!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

I Have Writer's Block Big Time!

You ever have that feeling when you don’t want to do anything?  That’s the way I have been feeling lately. Mostly with my writing.  I haven’t been inspired to write any blog posts or ever get back to that book I was writing.  Why is that?  IS this block mental or something more?

In the course of my lifetime, I have written many unproduced screenplays, unpublished books, stories, and even two blogs.  I was much more motivated when I was younger.  As I get older (I am not going to say mature), I seem to have lost that mojo.

There are ideas running through my head and thoughts written on scraps of paper that go nowhere.  You would think that I could something with that.

Not only have I lost the mojo, I lost the structure.  I keep telling myself that I need to schedule time to write, whether it is readable or not.  I just need to do and not procrastinate!

So do I start reading books on dealing with writer’s block and delay the writing or do I just write, even if it is garbage.  Love to get some feedback.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

When being frugal – plan ahead!

Other than keeping little money in my wallet when I go out shopping (and yes, keep those credit cards out of there too), the greatest tool to being frugal is planning ahead.

When planning ahead, you save money by not spending money needlessly.  Example, if you are going out, you can make your own coffee and/or lunch so that you don’t have to buy while out.  The same goes with refillable water bottles.  Bring your own, and don’t need to buy.
Planning ahead could meaning cooking your meals for the week ahead of time.  Save not only money but time.  I used to do that when we used to commute and it was late when we got home at night.  With meals ready to reheat meant we didn’t need to go out to eat or order a pizza.

Planning ahead for the future is great for being frugal.  Whether it is clothing, trips, appliances, etc.  We plan ahead for all big items and for trips.  My wife is good at finding deal, coupons and such others.

Little did my wife know that I was planning ahead and saved money to make the move from New Jersey the month we started living there.  It was never to be our forever home (only to be closer to my daughter).  So when the time came some fourteen years later when she had enough of the snow and I couldn’t or wouldn’t shovel it anymore, I showed her the bank account.  This made the decision and the move to Florida very easy.

When we have goals and save for them, you find that it is not hard to be frugal.  You see the big picture.

So plan ahead, establish goals and see where you can save every day, every month, and every year.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Ibotta the free app that pays you cash for everyday purchases

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I usually don’t go for shopping apps, but I have to tell you that Ibotta is working for me.  Not only can you save money on groceries (just scan your receipt), you can also save shopping online.  And alcohol and liquor is included too.  Sure helps when you are having parties.  It is not just brand names, there are many “any item” choices and even an “any receipt” option.  I’ve been using it for food shopping and love to get money back.  You can cash out when you reach $20.

They also and promos and contests to help you save more money.  And I love saving money!  If you sign up through my link, you get $10 to begin with.  There are stipulations though.  I also like that when friends (those who sign up through your link), they can save even more money be reaching certain goals.  Ibotta makes shopping and saving fun, so why not check it out and sign up today!