(I hate to post this without a photo to relieve all the words but yet again my camera batteries have run out. They seems to be running through quickly and the new pair I bought is the wrong size. X#%Z. Anyway, I'm still here, just wanted to let y'all know. Just sitting on my bench contemplating like Ekhart Tolle. Hopefully this won't take three years as his bench contemplation did.)
I am trying to tighten my belt. May cancel the cable TV. I downgraded my cell phone plan. Didnt even know I could do that. I rarely use it since I can't get reception at home. Now I'm working on the land line phone plans. The ones I'm using were set up by my parents. So am trying to find the thriftiest plan for me. Could completely cancel the long distance plan and just use calling cards.
Need to be more careful about food purchases too. I waste a lot. My preferred food shopping is to do it daily or every few days but that's hard in the winter up here in the boonies and even in the warmer weather it entails a half-hour drive round trip.
I come from a very New England thrifty nostringtoshorttobesaved family. In fact, I have spent some time trying to reverse that penurious attitude in myself. I try to be generous and give to others. I also like to buy things for myself but up here in the boonies there are few opportunities for that. Shops are far and few between. Enforced savings.
I remember being with my Dad in the Vermont Country Store. He admired a hat but didnt buy it. Dad, why dont you buy the hat!! A treat for yourself. Grumble, grumble, leave me alone. He had the money to buy anything he wanted for himself, yet books and music were about his biggest indulgence. That and a piece of fillet Mignon once in awhile. And dental care.
I must say the economic down turn didnt really effect me as 1) I had no money invested in anything and 2) I have lived frugally ever since I graduated from college. I chose to follow what I thought was an artistic and alternative path over buying things and accumulating money. I'm not saying this was admirable or good. I know I caused lots of stress and hardship on myself and others by my stubborn on- the- edge- life.
But I did learn how to live without spending much money. I have bought my clothes in thrift stores for years and years. Unfortunately up north, where people are poor, there are very few thrift stores. For the pickings to be good you have to be around rich people who buy great stuff, tire of it quickly and then give it away, which doesnt happen up here.
Even now I rarely eat out, never go to the movies (it's a 45 minute drive anyway), wear my clothes into rags, don't go to the hairdresser, and so forth. I turn the heat way down at night. I like homes with big windows to let in light so I don't need artificial light. This is the first place I've lived in my adult life where I did not have a clothes line and racks to dry clothes on. (Note to self: buy clothes rack). I never had a dryer before and also have never had a dish washer (which I dont use). With clothes drying racks you have to plan way ahead as air drying clothes in the winter can take a few days. But hey, it's free.
I do give myself treats though like books (although I'm going to try and use the library more again) and pretty handmade things. I have bought a number of pretty things for my new house whenever that might happen. Now, they are packed. I get two movies at a time at Netflix. Whoopee. And I get massages.
I am not sure what prompted this post. We seem to be coming out of the economic downturn except for whatever happend y'day. Up and down. Who can listen. Each day is different. We are happy when things are up, upset when things are down. Best to just change the radio station when they start on this stuff. It seems kinda manic/depressive to me.
Be well and know that we are all rich in the beauty of friendship, the greenery and flowers, the sweet animals and love.