The reasons I have for being grateful this week - 65th editionHello 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?



  1. Mrs. Frugalwoods May 17, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    I’m with you on hating grocery shopping–we go once a week and we always have a little race to see how quickly we can get through it! Bulk shopping helps too. Our monthly Costco run keeps us stocked so we can eat from the pantry a lot of the time. We’ve joked that we want to train Frugal Hound to go to the grocery store for us… so far, that has a zero percent chance of success ;). Thanks so much for mentioning my post–I really appreciate it! Hope you have a great week ahead!

    1. Erin M. May 17, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      I think we need to start incorporating a racing aspect into grocery shopping. Somehow, we still spend more time than we’d like in the store. Ha, if we could train our pets to go grocery shopping for us, that would be awesome!

      You’re very welcome, and I hope your week goes well, too!

  2. Kirsten May 17, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Can I say I am grateful my husband just got back from a two day on-site interview? The reaction seems positive, at least according to him, though we are trying not to get our hopes up. Even if this doesn’t turn out well, it’s reinforced to him that people are interested in his skill set – and will likely pay him better if he lands a new gig. I’m grateful, because he was getting discouraged and dragging his feet putting in applications. At least this experience puts some pep in his step!

    1. Erin M. May 17, 2015 at 2:49 PM

      Of course you can say that! A two day on-site interview must have been a little grueling, so I’m happy to hear the reaction was good. Having a positive feeling about how an interview went is always nice!

      It’s definitely understandable to feel like no one values what you have to offer when you send out resume after resume and hear nothing back. Getting that first call/interview can be a big breakthrough. I hope it works out!

  3. Natalie @ Financegirl May 18, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    I’m grateful that work is somewhat slow this week, and I am trying to get ahead, too. Fingers crossed for the both of us!! I’m all about multiple income streams and this is a great time to push forward on my other projects.

    1. Erin M. May 18, 2015 at 9:22 AM

      Yes! It’s always nice to have a little reprieve to get ahead so things don’t get overwhelming later.

  4. Melanie @ Dear Debt May 18, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    I love the new site design, girl! Looks great. Thanks for sharing my piece, too! You are such a doll. I really want to schedule a video chat with you in the coming weeks. It’s been months! Let’s catch up :)

    1. Erin M. May 20, 2015 at 3:38 AM

      Thanks, and of course! I’m so glad you had a great time overseas. I seriously can’t believe how the months have flown by already. I’m trying to get everything together before I leave for NY, and it feels like I was just there. Let me know when you’re free and hopefully we can work something out!

  5. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank May 19, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    Nice Erin. I have seen your posts on other blogs. I am grateful that you are still writing and sharing your thoughts on finance. What I am grateful for is that I was able to finish my marketing plans. Just this morning, I was relieved that they loved it and we are now preparing for the next phase.

    1. Erin M. May 20, 2015 at 3:37 AM

      Nice! Getting a plan all written out is sometimes the hardest part, especially when it’s for a client. Glad everything went well there, and thank you for the kind words with regards to my writing!

  6. Tonya@Budget and the Beach May 19, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Tornadoes are no bueno. I grew up with them and I never got used to it. It’s an eerie feeling. I’m grateful for supportive friends and family this week.

    1. Erin M. May 20, 2015 at 3:36 AM

      Eek. I’ve heard of people getting used to them, but I just don’t think I could. Thunderstorms still freak me out!

      I’m glad friends and family have been there for you!

  7. Chela @SmashOdyssey May 21, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    I´ve been testing out a new grocery shopping approach… I used to go once every two weeks. Now I about every other day! It´s weird, but it makes it so much easier for me. I only get the bare essentials for the next day or two. I don´t have to stress about a list or not forgetting things, because I can just get them next time. It´s been a big shift for me, but I think I like it. :)

    1. Erin M. May 21, 2015 at 9:40 AM

      I’ve heard so many people that are against going frequently, but if you just stick to shopping for what you need for the next few meals, I don’t see the problem with it, especially if the store is nearby. I just like avoiding the grocery store so I purposely go the least amount I can get away with!

  8. Lisa May 22, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    I think grocery delivery might be worth if it you consider the gas you’re saving PLUS the stress you’re avoiding. I hate grocery shopping, too!

    1. Erin M. May 22, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      Agreed. Sadly, my car is great on gas and it only takes about 10 minutes to get to the store, so the math probably doesn’t work out. I just try to go later on at night when no one else is there. The only downside is they’re usually out of things by then!


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