Being grateful 70th editionHello everyone! Can you guys believe it’s basically the last week of June already?

It just doesn’t feel like my birthday is coming up in a few weeks. Or that I’ll be headed to Austin in less than 50 days.

I guess that’s what I get for keeping busy. Yikes!

Not much has been happening outside of work this week, mostly because I’ve been trying to balance catching up with the work I missed while I was gone, and working ahead for July.

The convention I’m volunteering for in August is going to require me to be working 12 hours each day, and I have the option to volunteer for extra things at night, so I’m not really going to be available for four days.

That’s pretty darn scary, plus I want to enjoy my time while I’m there (actually seeing the city and spending time with friends), so I definitely need to kick things up a notch in July.

But let’s not get carried away with the future…

What I’m Being Grateful for This Week

One thing I’d like to mention is the fact that the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage yesterday. What a momentous occasion, and I’m really happy for everyone out there that doesn’t have to worry about their state’s law now.

I don’t get into talking about politics often, mostly because it doesn’t interest me and there’s so much arguing over it, but I generally believe people have the right to be with whoever they want to be with.

I’m sure there are many same-sex couples out there grateful for this news, and I’m grateful our country has progressed to this point.

On another note, I’m happy for my mom because she changed her work situation. She was about to quit the retail job she’s been working since last summer. She technically doesn’t need to work – my parents are retired now – but she’s quite the social butterfly and can’t stand to be inside the house all day.

Unfortunately, working retail has worn her down. She hadn’t been able to find an office job, and decided a job would be better than nothing.

Lately, they’ve been scheduling her for a lot of hours. “Part-time” was turning into 30+ hours a week. On the days she wasn’t scheduled, she kept getting calls asking her to come in.

Her manager got wind of her wanting to leave and pretty much begged her to stay. My mom asked for a 2-day schedule on her terms. Hopefully it works out for her, as her manager is notorious for scheduling people incorrectly.

My mom has always been a hard worker and it seems to have paid off. At least it rubbed off on me!

I’m also grateful for the nice weather we’ve been having. Since living in the south, I’ve learned that pop-up thunderstorms are basically guaranteed throughout June – September. As someone who hates thunderstorms, I’m not a fan, but I do love it when the sun is out and shining.

(Ironically, it stormed later on in the day. Of course.)

This is a silly one, but I’m grateful for Steam’s summer sale. I snagged two games I had been eying and paid around $15 for both. I don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to gaming these days, so I try and strategize my purchases as much as possible.

In a way, I’m grateful for that as well, because I’m not waiting on the edge of my chair for anything that was announced at E3. I still have a huge backlog to go through! That means I never pay full-price for a game.

Also, a little financial tidbit, I’m grateful I’m finally relaxing more with our spending. As I’ve said before, I used to be extremely uptight about spending even $5. It’s a byproduct from my childhood.

I still haven’t been budgeting – we’ve only been spending on priorities. So far, it’s worked out. Our bank account is doing fine and we’re still paying extra on our loans. Less stress on me = win.

Writing Around the Web

Why We Should Stop Judging Others Based on Their Spending on Frugal Rules – I’ve personally come a long way on this since I started blogging. It’s very easy to get caught up in the mindset that being frugal automatically makes you superior to others, especially because there seem to be quite a few people with that attitude. I’m done with judging other people based on their purchases. If you want to lease a car for $800/month, go for it. Who am I to say no?

Pushing Past the “Broke” Mentality on Young Adult Money – I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of people saying they’re broke when they’re not actually broke. Mismanagement of money is often the #1 cause of living paycheck to paycheck, and it’s time to break the cycle.

How to Save Money on Your Living Situation on Wherewithal – I am all about saving money on rent because it’s the biggest expense I pay every month. After living in a basement apartment for $1,250 a month in NY, I’m grateful to only pay $1,040 for a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom place in NC. However, even now, I’m wanting to downsize to pay less to put more money toward other goals. This is pretty much my complete guide on the subject.

What are you being grateful for this week? Looking forward to July? How has June treated you? Are there any big annual sales you look forward to during the year?



  1. Brian @DebtDiscipline June 27, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Steam summer sale? LOL. That’s all my son has been talking about. Did you know that theyjust changed their policy on returning games. You can get a refund if you have less then 2 hours of game play for any game. he return a few games he purchased and didn’t like.

    1. Erin M. June 27, 2015 at 1:17 PM

      Haha, yeah, it’s such a big deal! I don’t normally use Steam but my dad and my best friend are on it, so I figured I’d join in. I did hear about their refund policy – that’s pretty awesome!

    2. Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore June 29, 2015 at 4:30 PM

      My brother is pretty much obsessed with this Steam thing too. I don’t really understand it at all but I know he talks about it constantly, haha.

  2. Tonya@Budget and the Beach June 27, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    I forgot you were going to Austin! Hope it’s not too hot! I’m grateful for playing volleyball both days, my roommate leaving this apt in 4 days, and work. :)

    1. Erin M. June 27, 2015 at 1:16 PM

      At this point I’m hoping it doesn’t rain the entire time! They’ve been getting such horrible weather lately. I definitely commend you for living with a roommate for a bit. As an only child I’ve been spoiled with my own space my whole life.

  3. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank June 27, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    I know there are lots of people who are so happy about decision on the same-sex marriage. i have friends of mine who are really grateful for this decision as a matter of face they are now preparing for that one special day. I still don’t know what to feel or expect from this. But, I am grateful they are happy, Erin.

    1. Erin M. June 29, 2015 at 2:28 AM

      It’s understandable that such big news will leave some people uncertain about the future. I think being happy for everyone is enough!


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