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March 27, 2008

Celebrate Living

There comes a time in your life where you have to just toss up your arms and say TODAY I AM CELEBRATE LIVING.

With all the hustle and bustle of our everyday world, from jobs to children to spouses, when you can take a moment to just appreciate life for the mere sake of living it, you should! We only get one go around so we should enjoy it!Â

Sometimes this comes in the form of enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend, other times it’s just taking a quiet moment to sit down and read a book that you’ve put off forever or  it can mean getting out, heading to the ocean, sitting on the sand and enjoying the rich smells of the surf.

Every one needs to stop, take a look at their life and appreciate all that is around them even if it’s just for a moment before we go back to the grind of our daily life.

Have a wonderful day!

Kat

Filed under: Life by Kat at 12:07 pm

March 25, 2008

eBay

I have found that I’m really enjoying buying and selling on eBay.  When I want to purchase something, I seem to find it at the same or less money than what I see at the store.

I’ve been holding a big 99cent sale of old cds and other assorted items, and to my surprise not only are they selling but they are moving quickly.  It seems that people know a bargain when they see it.

I notice that when you list something for 99 cents, while it might sell for only that, more often than not that the price gets bumped up a bit by a small bidding war between those who can’t live without the object I’m selling.  Confession time, I’ve been known to do that as well.

So, when you have time, take a look-see about eBay and see what bargains can be found.  Like me you’ll find others who are holding their online garage sales and you might just come away with a nifty item or two for a song.

Happy Shopping!

Kat

Filed under: Life,Money Matters by Kat at 1:29 pm

March 24, 2008

Money Matters

This morning I did something that I rarely do anymore; I stopped at McDonalds and picked up one of their Vanilla Iced Coffees. To my surprise this coffee is good, not just ok but actually GOOD. I’ve always been a stanch Starbucks kind of girl, something to do with growing up in Seattle and having nearly drank it from the bottle. With our economy falling into a recession I’m finding that while I love Starbucks Iced Coffees that their higher prices aren’t loved by my pocketbook.

I’m finding less expensive ways of purchasing things that I find to be nearly as good as or better than the original. As you’ve seen in previous postings, I’m playing the Grocery Game. Clipping coupons and shopping sales have enabled me to save money, while buying things I use daily.

I have a full pantry, deep freezer and fridge. I’m not lacking for any of the basic necessities in life nor am I missing out on the luxury items that I might desire but not need at the moment.

In saving money this way, I’m able to do things like up my 401k by 2% more this year; sock money away in a money market fun, investing in stocks and put money away for a cruise that friend Naomi has invited me to go on. I don’t feel like I’m not shorting myself on anything I might want, need or desire.

I was talking to my sister Becky about money this weekend, one thing we agree on, is that our generation tends to be of the “I want it now” mentality. As we grew up we remember our parents would save and pay cash for the bigger items. Rarely did they use credit; they did finance the house and cars, however they never bought a new car off the lot when a 2 year old one would do the trick.

Going back to this way of thinking, after years of the “I have to have it now” syndrome, I’m finding that I appreciate items that I purchase more than I did when I bought them on credit. I’m saving money by paying myself the interest that I used to pay the bank cards or finance companies.

So as I sip this iced coffee, I think in the long run, I am making a healthy change, saving money and not feeling short changed, and still allowing for the little splurges now and again.

Filed under: Life,Money Matters by Kat at 10:00 am
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