I write blog posts in my head. No, really… This is actually how I started one in my head last night. Usually I give myself about half an hour to read, do a crossword, sudoku, whatever, and then I turn off the lights. As I lie there in bed, I think about things I want to write about. I know some people think you should have a pencil and some paper next to your bed, so when you come up with an idea you can write it down immediately. This is not going to happen in my world…
You see, when I am under the warm covers, all snuggled up with the pups, I am not about to turn on the light, feel around for the pencil and paper, and write my thoughts down. Basically, I just hope that I can remember everything in the morning.
One thing I did start thinking about is saving money. Finances do tend to creep into my mind when I am lying there waiting for the sandman to come and visit.
I started thinking about all of the ideas most PF people give to save money:
Don’t buy designer coffee
Combine errands to save on gas
Turn up the temps during the summer
Turn off lights
Bring lunch to work
Get rid of cable
And many others
I feel as though I have done all of those. I have had one designer coffee (Starbucks) this entire summer, and it was bought for me… I didn’t even spend any money on it.
I do almost all of my errands on one day during the weekend, since I do have to drive into a nearby city to do it. The tiny town I live in does not have anything like a Walmart or general store. Our grocery store is outrageously expensive, so I do my grocery shopping in the other city.
We tend to have trouble with turning the temps up right now. Since Hubs works nights, he sleeps during the hottest part of the day. It is recommended to have your room at 69 degrees when you go to sleep. We keep the temps at about 73-74 during times when someone is asleep. When we are awake together in the evenings, we usually turn it up to 76ish. That is the best we can do right now if we want to have a good night’s sleep.
I have not always been the best at turning off lights, but I am trying my hardest these days. Whenever I leave a room, I try to unplug anything that I can and turn off whatever lights or fans that I have turned on.
Right now I am enjoying my summer off as a teacher. During the school year, I try not to eat at school. I don’t have the option to eat out, since we only have 25 minutes to eat lunch. Lunch for adults at school costs $3.10. If I eat school lunch in the cafeteria with the children, that $3.10 gets reimbursed. If I eat school lunch in the teacher “lounge” I have to pay $3.10. If I bring my own lunch and just sit in the cafeteria with the children, then I get paid $3.10. There were many times I ate lunch in the cafeteria with my students last year. We only had 70 students in my school and we ate homestyle lunch. That means everyone sat a table, used real silverware and plates, passed our food, and served ourselves (no cafeteria lines). We waited until everyone was served to eat. It was a lovely environment. I ended up with an extra little bit of money this summer because of eating in the cafeteria.
Next year, I don’t think I will eat in the cafeteria as often. We will have probably twice as many people in the cafeteria, and it is not homestyle. There are lines involved and trays and everything that I do not like about school lunch (besides the food).
Basically, what I am trying to say with way too many words is that I am going to be bringing by lunch as much as possible. It will be much healthier and I can eat in my classroom with some other teachers.
As far as getting rid of cable, this is not really an option. With Hubs at home all night during his nights off, he doesn’t have much to do besides watch tv. He watches a lot of movies through Netflix, and then watches a lot of sports shows. We do have more channels than I know what to do with, but it is basically the only entertainment the Hubs has on his nights off. We won’t get rid of it because of that. I won’t say that we would never get rid of it… If something terrible happened and one of us lost a job, then I am sure it would be one of the first things to go. But for now, it stays.
I guess all of this is to see if there are any other ideas to save money for those people who already basically do the things you read about. There are some extreme things that we won’t consider… getting rid of our car or dogs. Our car is a 0% interest loan, so we are paying the cost with no interest currently. Also, our dogs are part of our family, and we will not get rid of a family member. Anyone have any other ideas? I am all ears.
Here is my picture from yesterday. With all of the extreme heat lately and lack of rain, everything is basically dead and brown. The other day when I took Rose out, I saw some pretty purple flowers just hanging in there. I tried to take some pictures when I took her out, but trying to take a still photo with a dog pulling on the end of the leash is really difficult. So, I took my camera out yesterday (without the dog), and got a few pictures. I think they are very sweet and dainty little clusters of flowers, but they are so strong for surviving this weather. Enjoy 🙂