Being Grateful: Forty-Eighth Edition

Hey everyone! I’m here yet again with your weekly reminder to be grateful. =) Let’s get right to it.

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While it isn’t the weekend getaway we were hoping for, we decided to take a day trip to Asheville. Everyone has been telling me how beautiful it is, so I didn’t want to miss out!

We are celebrating R’s birthday and our anniversary, after all. I am really bad at celebrating things, and it looks like our budget will be okay, so we’re going for it.

Our loose plans are to do some hiking. Most of the leaves here are still green, so I’m hoping Asheville offers some nice fall foliage. If you have any tips for beginner hikers, please let me know! We’re looking at easy trails, so I don’t think we’ll need anything too crazy.

We’ll be going tomorrow as we both decided to stay up until 3am. Oops. You guys already know I’m a night owl! If you’d like to follow along and see pretty pictures, I’ll probably be posting some of them to social media.

My grandma

Being Grateful: 48th Edition | Journey to SavingI know I haven’t mentioned her lately, so I figured I would throw this in. My grandma has always treated R like family, so it was no surprise when he received a birthday card from her. The way she signed it had us both chuckling (see the picture). She has been dropping some not-so-subtle hints lately!

I found out after everything happened, but she was in the hospital yet again this past weekend. For some reason, doctors are giving her medication that isn’t reacting well with her blood pressure medication, and this is causing her to get light headed. Of course, she panics, and heads to the hospital. I’m really hoping she brings this up whenever someone wants to prescribe her new medication, as I’d hate for it to happen again.

She’s also tentatively planning on visiting for about a month at the beginning of the year! So she’ll be a very temporary snowbird. We’re not sure of the exact dates yet, but I have been thinking of having everyone in the family chip in $50 toward a flight for her, which should cover it.


I have to stick this in. An unusual amount of people shared my posts this week, which I’m both really excited and grateful about. It’s always nice to know that people are enjoying your writing.

Briefly: Lauren at The Write Budget mentioned my Blog Tour post; DC at Young Adult Money and Claire from ReadyforZero both shared my Unexpected Expenses post; Natalie from Financegirl shared my post on Young Adult Money about How to Discuss Finances in a Relationship Early On; and lastly, my guest post at Debt Deb’s featuring 7 Financial Lessons Learned from My Parents’ Debt was picked up by The Globe and Mail! So I’m very grateful that Debs let me guest post on her blog. =)

Job prospects for my mom

Even though my parents are technically retired, my mom likes to keep busy, or she finds herself randomly shopping at Walmart for no reason. True story – Walmart is 2 minutes away from their house – very dangerous.

Considering the holiday season is fast approaching, many stores are hiring, and she decided to try for a retail job after spending months looking for an office job. While it’s only minimum wage, she has decided she’ll be happy just having something to do. At the very least, it should help them put extra toward debt, so I hope that something works out for her.

She had a decent interview on Friday, and has to go back in on Monday. Fingers crossed!


Being Grateful #48 | Journey to SavingIt has finally stayed in the 70s for the most part, and I’ve been enjoying it! R and I have been taking walks around our complex when he gets home at night, and the past few nights have been rather chilly. So much so, I’ve taken to wearing my hoodies. I am therefore being grateful for hoodie worthy weather. Catchy, isn’t it?

I’m ultimately hoping that we can turn off the AC once and for all this coming week. When I woke up yesterday, it was 74 degrees inside, but it slowly crept back up to 78, which is when the AC kicks on. Sigh. Why is consistency so hard to ask for!?

Relaxing weekends

I was really grateful that R and I had a relaxing weekend last week. R has been going into work on Saturday a decent amount, but he decided not to go in, so we pretty much did nothing.

For whatever reason, I always end up unhappy with this decision. I know the weekends are meant for relaxing, but I hate feeling unproductive! Does anyone else feel this way? I don’t necessarily have to be working, but R likes to do absolutely nothing and enjoy his time off, whereas I get restless.

That’s about all I have for this week! I’d love it if you guys could offer any suggestions or feedback you have for the videos. I’d like to start incorporating more into them, and it would help if I knew what you guys wanted to see. I’m thinking of uploading a few short videos on random money thoughts, and not posting them on the blog. Let me know!

What are you being grateful for this week? Have any fun plans for the weekend? Do you enjoy hiking?



  1. Tonya@Budget and the Beach October 18, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Have fun in Asheville! Takes pics so I can see what it looks like! Hope your Grandma feels better, and that was very cute what she wrote on the card. Happy Birthday R!

    1. Erin M. October 18, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      I will definitely be taking lots of pictures, if not doing a full write-up on the area! My grandma is thankfully feeling a lot better, I’m just annoyed that the doctors aren’t taking precautions when giving her medicine. :/ He says thanks!

  2. Liz October 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    I can totally relate to your weekend “do nothing” dilemma. My husband is the same way- completely happy with doing nothing and can fully relax and recharge. I intend to that but then end up getting super restless and decide there are 1,000 things I would like to get done before Monday and will stress out about it the entire weekend. I don’t think I’ve found a solution to this problem – let me know if you get any tips or suggestions : )

    1. Erin M. October 18, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      I’m so glad I’m not alone! I have no clue how my boyfriend can just sit there and relax, but then again, he’s a lot more easygoing than I am. He’s perfectly content to go running and then watch TV for the rest of the day. Nope! The best thing I can think of is to make a list of things you’d like to do, pick 3 for each day, and stick to it, this way it’s not as stressful. I have a hard time following that, though!

  3. Traci October 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    You’ve never been hiking before?! Oh man! Hiking is my absolute favorite thing to do. Easy or difficult hikes, as long as you’re immersed in beautiful nature, it’s inspiring and worth it. I’ve heard that Asheville is beautiful, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

    As far as hiking tips…comfortable shoes that you aren’t afraid to get dirty. Other than that, an easy hike is basically just a walk. You’ll be fine and will hopefully love it (and enjoy the time away from technology and just with nature and each other)! :]

    I am grateful for my health this week. I am NOT healthy right now–I have been working so much that I wore myself down and ended up having to take four days off in a row (after working 7 days a week for a long stretch). To be clear, I am not grateful for my CURRENT state of health, but my overall health in life, and when I recover from this incredibly awful cold I will think about that more often.

    1. Erin M. October 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Yes, just looking at pictures of Asheville, I have a feeling we will get addicted to it! Which isn’t a bad thing, of course – we’ll just have to find trails a little closer. I do love my running shoes, and they’re about the most comfortable things I have. I don’t mind them getting too dirty, but hopefully it won’t be that bad!

      Aw, I am sad to hear you wore yourself down so much (I have a habit of doing that), but I am glad you took the days off to recuperate. You definitely need to keep putting yourself first! It’s been a hard lesson for me to learn, but our health is valuable, and stress can do serious damage.

  4. debs @ debtdebs October 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Wow Erin, I have a lot to say on this post! First of all – It is I that am thanking you for your wonderful guest post. Comments are still coming in and the exposure from the Globe & Mail is awesome for you and for me. I hit my all time high of 980 views yesterday and already 307 today. So thank you so much and I look forward to returning the favour soon.

    Is R’s birthday today? If so, what a funny coincidence as it’s mine too! Your grandma is so cute. So great she is coming down for a month during winter. Happy to hear about your Mom’s job prospect. Definitely a good thing if she can work while they still have debt.

    I’m grateful for all of the above and I hope you have a great day and hike in Asheville tomorrow! ;-)

    1. Erin M. October 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Yay!! I’m so glad your site has benefited. Happy Birthday!! Yes, his birthday is today. That is really funny!

      I am very much looking forward to seeing my grandma again. I feel like it’s been too long already. I wish she was able to afford to buy a house down here and actually become a snowbird, but we’ll see. My aunt and uncle would actually like to do that, so if they can work something out together that would be great.

  5. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank October 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    48th edition of being grateful! This must be something I need to consider, writing down things that I am grateful for to keep me positive especially this Christmas when I get financially stressed a bit. Haha! Thanks for the idea Erin.

    1. Erin M. October 19, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Don’t get too stressed! I’m not really sure what we’re doing as far as holiday spending, but just remember that family isn’t worth getting into debt over. My parents purchased gifts for me at their own expense and I felt horrible about it in my later years.

  6. Myles Money October 19, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    Grandmas are great, aren’t they?! They can do and say anything and they always get a free pass. I hope she’s feeling better now and that she manages to get her meds sorted out.

    1. Erin M. October 19, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Grandmas are great – luckily mine never needs to get a free pass! She’s always been kind and generous for the most part. She is feeling better and has stopped taking the medication they gave her, after going to the hospital. :/

  7. Genevieve @PFTwins October 19, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Skyrim is pretty fun. I’m terrible at video games so I watch. Lame, right? :P

    Enjoy Asheville!

    1. Erin M. October 19, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Skyrim is pretty entertaining to watch, especially when your other half keeps getting killed. =) I tried playing and I sucked at it, so I’ve resigned to watching as well. We had a lot of fun today!

  8. Lauren October 19, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    I love to hike. Make sure to wear sturdy, comfortable shoes, and pack some snacks :) Have a great time on your getaway!

    1. Erin M. October 19, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      We did! I love my Asics; they get me through everything. My feet don’t hurt at all. I pack snacks whenever we go out as it’s likely I’ll get hungry at some point. =)

  9. Kassandra October 19, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    You and I both wrote articles that were picked up by the Globe and Mail in the same week! How cool is that :). Congrats on all the good coming your way Erin. I think it would be a very nice gesture for your family members to each chip in some money for your grandma’s flight. I am grateful to be able to spend some time with my mom and closest friends this week and that in a few days I will see my DH again.

    1. Erin M. October 19, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Yes, I saw that and was super excited for you, too! That was one of my personal favorites of yours. We just have to make sure that my grandma is set on visiting, just in case she decides that she doesn’t feel like traveling during winter. Either way, a gift card won’t expire, so she should get to use it at some point. Glad you got to see your mom and friends! I don’t know how you deal with your DH traveling so much. I often wonder about that as I hated it when R had to go away for 4 days for training!

  10. Kara October 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Have a nice trip!
    I’m the same way about weekends. I want to relax so I can feel refreshed, but I also need to be productive or I get grumpy!

    1. Erin M. October 19, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Thanks! It’s the silliest conundrum sometimes. We all need to take a break, but we find it hard to do so.

  11. How To Save Money October 20, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    I can relate to you on how you hate weekends that are unproductive! When I have nothing planned, I try to read a book or do a workout or bake something. Just to get off that empty feeling!

    1. Erin M. October 20, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      I like how you included baking in there! I do most baking on the weekends, too.

  12. Shannon @ Financially Blonde October 20, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Happy birthday to R!!! I saw your cheesecake picture on instagram and it looked super yummy! I used to live in Charlotte and loved visiting Asheville, especially during this time of year and around Christmas when the Biltmore Estate was decorated for the holidays. I am thankful that I got some time away this past weekend to celebrate my anniversary with hubby. It was a fun and relaxing weekend that we both needed.

    1. Erin M. October 20, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      Thanks Shannon! He enjoyed it. I’m not too big on cheesecake. =) When we go back to Asheville the Biltmore Estate is on the list! I’m so glad you two were able to get away and celebrate your anniversary.

  13. Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore October 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    I have a really hard time with “doing nothing” too. About the only time that happens is when/if I’m sick. Otherwise even when I’m “relaxing” I’m still working on something, like folding while watching TV or crafting during a move.

    1. Erin M. October 20, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      It’s so horrible to feel restless all the time. =/ Even if I’m not actually working on something, my mind is going a mile a minute trying to think of what needs to get done, or I’m mentally drafting a blog post!


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