Monday, June 7, 2010

Life is good....

Especially after a good night's rest. So bring on the day!

It was always my job to manage the finances in our household...and at some points? There wasn't much to manage. To go through life without nickel and dimeing it, and still be frugal? That takes talent! There is a big difference between being frugal and just plain cheap! I realized early on, that the biggest savings were to be had from cutting the biggest expenses. For instance, car expenses. We could never afford to drive an old car. I know they say that the biggest mistake you make is buying a new car, but I disagree. You pay no matter what, and if you have a new car? You don't have the repairs, or the headaches of fixing an old one. In the end? The universe of transportation is conspiring against you for your income, so my theory was always to give in and pay up front.

There are little economies that we still practice. Auto pilot habits that my mother instilled in me at an early age. A way of life. You have to save on the things that don't matter, to be able to spend on the things that do. A simple philosophy, but one that really has stood the test of time.

Our marriage truly has been one that demonstrates that two can live as cheaply as one. We eat the foods we enjoy, and I have learned that buying food on sale is not necessarily the least expensive way to go. It is difficult to keep up with the refrigerator, and eat everything that you buy, but if you do? The savings per week are astronomical. Bulk buying for two old people can be quite wasteful, if you buy everything at once in bulk, rather than picking and choosing. We can motor through a large box of tomatoes from Costco with no problem, if we take it easy on the other vegetables. It isn't cheap to buy strawberries in February when they are at their top price, but they are just what you need to get you through the dismal months of winter. Sometimes you have to spend a little more for a little less, that will be just enough!

Breakfast: 1 cup of blueberries, 1 Activia blueberry yogurt, 3/4 cup orange juice
Lunch: Glutino Spinach and Feta Personal Pizza (450 cals)& Fresca
Supper: two gluten free crackers, 2 ounces of havarti with dill cheese, two Vlasic pickles, 8 chocolate almonds and a Fresca.
Snack: orange

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