None of the other pictures I took on Sunday turned out well. Let's face it, I was trying to get shots while the Evil Twin barreled down MacCorkle Avenue.
I asked him to at least slow down a bit when we passed the things I wanted a pic of, but he was having none of that.
Maybe someday, he will just pull over and let me get some pictures!
Soooo, today, you just get to read my random ramblings.
Yesterday, I started looking around for different car and home insurance. We have never had a problem with our current policies, in fact, we've used the same company for about 17 years now. But, the rates just kept going up and up and I guess you'll get that anywhere, but I was hoping to find something lower - for now.
Between cars and home, we'll be saving about $400 a year. Then, I called the cable company to get rid of some services, including our land line phone (we have the cable, internet, phone bundle service). I told the guy that we were very happy with all their services, but we were trying to cut corners where possible and as much as I hated to do it, I figured we'd just start using our cell phones.
He was able to work out a bundle deal that will save us $40 a month and lets us keep the land line! So, that's a savings of $480 a year! All together, we'll be saving almost $900/year.
Which is good, because the things we truly can't live without (heat and electricity) are both going up. It will make squeaking by a little easier.
I'm also cutting back at the grocery store, finding cheaper alternatives and psyching myself up to eat lots of pinto beans and cornbread. Heck, with all the extra methane around here, maybe we can cut down on using the heat, too!
Of course, we're not being very green by releasing our flatulence into the ozone, but this economy is in the shitter and I'm going to do what I have to do to keep my family afloat (and gassy).
I've always been a frugal sort. This doesn't bother me at all. I enjoy a good challenge.
Being also an ambitious individual, I am working on saving money and paying off debts.
And, no, I don't plan on separating the 2-ply toilet tissue into 1-ply. But, I am going to be looking around at different alternatives to other things.
Did you know that all you need is about a dime sized amount of shampoo (not filling up your whole hand)? You only need a pea sized amount of toothpaste on your brush to get the job done (the commercials show people loading on a big strip - that's what the companies want YOU to do, too, so you go through the product faster). You don't have to completely fill the laundry cup up with washing liquid, a little over half the cup will do. Cutting dryer sheets in half works just as well as a whole sheet.
I consider myself a stain removal champ. Clothes last longer and the carpets look nice. I'm also happy to know how to sew (by hand). I need to mend a shirt today, in fact.
Being a financial planner is very time consuming, but fun! That's why I don't have time to sell my used panties on eBay. I guess I'll just have to continue to cut back on other things! LOL.