Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great week.
The weather has been amazing here, although I know there’s been tornadoes reported in several states. Hopefully none of you are affected! Just the possibility of a tornado scares the crap out of me.
According to the Weather Channel, we’re supposed to see temperatures in the 90s already this week. The only reason I mention that is because I can finally be grateful for being cold most of the time.
Seriously, the AC will kick on at 78* in here, and I’ll grab a hoodie.
It doesn’t make winter fun, but it’s nice that it doesn’t take much for me to cool off in the summer.
What I’m Being Grateful For
So what else am I being grateful for?
Well, this week was relatively calm work-wise, or at least, calmer than it usually is. I’ve been trying to get caught up and work ahead on the weekends, even if it means sacrificing “free time” there. If I really wanted to, I could declare Tuesday and Wednesday a weekend, so it doesn’t bother me too much.
I’m grateful we’ve been doing more “bulk” grocery shopping. It’s not truly bulk in the sense of going to Costco, but I’ve been shopping with more than just one week in mind. I honestly hate going grocery shopping, so much so I’ve considered the delivery services, but frugality wins…for now.
In the meantime, if I can cut down the number of trips we take in the month, I’ll be happy.
On the plus side, not wanting to go grocery shopping means we scavenge for food in the apartment more, so barely anything goes to waste. We’ve also been doing well with having leftovers most nights. Yay!
I’m also grateful to my cousin as he somehow got a beta key for a game I was interested in playing. Of course, I haven’t yet made time to play it, but it was still pretty cool of him. R might also be able to play – we keep running into an issue where many of the free games I’ve been playing aren’t available for Mac. We only have my PC and Macbook Air to use, so yeah…
I can’t forget to be grateful for all the support shown in my last post! I’m so happy you all like the new design and are still interested in what I have to say. =) Stay tuned for Wednesday when I’ll be giving you all a much-needed financial update.
Writing Around the Web
I’m always grateful to those who have invited me to write for them. As an editor for two blogs, I know just how much easier (or harder) writers can make your job.
- Wherewithal: How to Start Side Hustling in 4 Steps. This was actually a challenging post for me to write, because I had so much more to say. It’s almost impossible to give all the advice I have in one post. I tried to cut it down as much as possible, but if you’re thinking of starting a side hustle, it should give you a good idea how!
- Frugal Rules: Why I’m Choosing Renting Over Buying. As some of you might know, I have no desire to own a home right now. The idea of having a mortgage and making that kind of commitment is scary at this point! The biggest thing, for me, is flexibility. I have no clue where I want to settle down, so it doesn’t make sense to buy. If you’re on the fence, I offer up a comparison between the two.
- Young Adult Money: I actually didn’t have a post this week, so this one is older, but still relevant! I wrote about 5 experiences worth spending money on. If you’ve been reading personal finance articles, chances are, you’ve come across studies that say spending on experiences leads to greater happiness. I’ve personally found this to be true, and summer is a great time to spend on many of these!
Next, I want to feature some posts I was grateful to read:
- Shannyn from Frugal Beautiful talks about how she got laid off and how she’s choosing to deal with it. She’s an amazing source of positivity and I encourage you to read her posts if you’re feeling a little down. Shannyn is a great example of someone who’s prepared, too – she has an emergency fund in place, and she’s decided to start freelancing again while fulfilling her dreams of travel. This is why it’s always good to have another source of income!
- The Frugalwoods share the surprising benefits of not turning on the AC, which happens to be about more than just not wanting a higher electric bill. As always, I loved the thoughtful stance taken here. If it were up to me, our AC would be on far less, but we hit that nice “in-between” spot where we didn’t need the heat or AC a month and a half ago. If it weren’t for my allergies, I’d be more willing to let the breeze roll in, but alas…
- Stefanie over at The Broke and Beautiful Life had me laughing with her post about making room for new spending priorities. I’m not at her age yet, but for the past year or so, I’ve also been finding grey hairs here and there. It’s never a happy occasion. I admit, I’m guilty of stressing myself out, which is something I need to work on, but like Stefanie, I’m not willing to get my hair professionally dyed for tons of money. However, I did splurge in January – a one-time thing – when I got my hair dyed to a redder shade and got a much-needed cut. My hair had never felt better, especially after neglecting it for a while. I’m okay with making it a twice a year thing.
- Lastly, Melanie at Dear Debt wrote a thoughtful piece on why she doesn’t regret traveling even though she’s in debt. I’m biased here, because I love Melanie’s writing and I find we’re often on the same wavelength, but she has an important message to share. Working and “being on” all the time is simply not sustainable for most of us, and I’ve been discovering this the hard way. I can’t wait to see what Melanie’s plans are for the future, and traveling (alone) while taking advantage of the technical location independence I have is something that’s been on my mind.
What are you being grateful for this week?