My dear readers, it’s been six months since I updated you. As you know, about a week ago I changed the format of this blog and the reason is because the previous Theme was not allowing me to add 900×200 photos. I tried several times but because that Theme got updated several times, so it was getting a little complicated for me. So I went through several and after some analysis paralysis, I finally got this one that I really like. I think though that some of you probably don’t like the color, or format. I picked it because it’s user-friendly if you are reading this on an iPhone or other smartphones. I like the sky blue color also, and the beautiful mountain scenery. I hate cold weather in high mountains though!
To give you a quick accounting on “Saving Time“: I found that I sometimes kinda drift from one project then to a chore then to something I would like to read, then on to something else. I feel I am drifting along most days. For that I did myself a “Daily Task” where I listed 10 major things that I should be doing as far as blogging and other money making activities. Then I assigned 30 minutes, 1 hour and 2 hours to each task, depending on complexity. So everyday, I force myself to do these things first and in between I try to slip in an errand or a chore. That optimized my time. The TV watching is still minimal, although I watched the Superbowl. At night, we sometimes watch a funny sitcom (Frasier) recorded on a DVR so we can skip through the commercials. Someone told us that watching funny stuff at night relaxes you and gets you ready for bed. Sometimes, to further optimize it, I work on my laptop while watching the show
Saving Money update: We did a super detailed budget entered in Quickbooks. Having a budget and looking at the numbers is fun especially if it’s near the end of the month and you’re still below budget. It’s encouraging and it gives me a feeling of accomplishment that our financial ship is constantly steered to the right destination: Living BENEATH our means. Part of the budget is a one envelope system. All the cash that is allocated for the month is in one envelope. If we are running out of cash, we skip one or two of the expenses. Most of the expenses are paid by credit card so it’s easier to track. I like February because it’s a short month therefore less chances of overspending!
Improvements sector: I did a quick course in manual photography. It was well worth it. It was only three sessions but I learned a lot and now the DSLR camera is no longer intimidating. Of course, I still have to practice taking maybe… oh… another 2,000 snapshots before I can be almost an expert. Thanks to digital camera because I can’t afford to buy around 83 rolls of film! James is enrolled in a swim class and he’s been progressing superbly! We’re enrolling him in courses that can be used in practical life applications! I think Cooking classes is next!
Minimalism path: I opened an account on ebay after endlessly analyzing whether I should open one in Amazon or eBay. I liked Amazon but necessity dictates that eBay is the way to go. I have a lot of little items like bicycle parts that can’t be sold in Amazon. I thought about Craigslist but it takes a lot of coordinating time schedules just to meet with buyer. Then the haggling begins. In eBay, you post the item, you wait for bids, then you mail it out. Of course I studied three books and a few websites before I took the plunge. Because of this, I am now able to slowly cut down on a lot of excess (wanted and unwanted) stuff here at home while earning a little moolah!
So that is the latest! I hope you gleaned something from the methods and processes that I discussed. Wish you success!