Sunday, July 13, 2014

Back up plans?

You won't hear the truth on the news - or from your politicians. Even some of your neighbors and friends, won't tell the truth. It's too bad really. If most of us, would only get off our smart phones and i-pads and truly look around, we would see - that there are people out there not living "the dream" like they thought they would.

I don't like being negative but I also don't believe in bull-shitting anyone into thinking that times are better than what they really are. Oh every now and then, you will hear some bogus report, on how unemployment is down, and the administration has created 100,000 new jobs. OKAY, where are they and WHO has them? Look around at some of your relatives?  Are many of them still unemployed and just not looking any more? Many have already exhausted their unemployment benefits. Sometimes it just seems easier to live off the system. Just don't get too lazy. I don't think it will last forever. Then what?

One of the lessons in life - is to survive. Now I'm not talking about being a prepper and doing all of that - of course if that is your cup of tea, then good for you. Everyone should have a backup plan. What skill or hobby could you turn into a business if you really had to?

For those of us who live in more rural areas, are seeing the resurgence of barter-groups to pay for things.If you have a skill or talent, you can barter with someone who has a skill you need. Like you need some electrical or plumbing work done - and you would offer your mechanic skills or computer repair. It's better if you can get into a group of trusted people in your community to barter with.

Start one, if there isn't one in your community.

Don't sit around, collecting benefits, crying in your soup because life has hit you hard. Do something about it. Don't allow the powers that be, made you less than what you really are.

Get out those back up plans and start living a new life -

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Step 7 - to shop or not to shop

7. Humbly asked God to remove our urges to shop, shop and shop. 

That's hard if in the past, you've treated shopping as your "favorite extra-curricular activity." Unless I need something, I don't shop. The urge is gone. In fact I hate to shop for anything retail. I've always dreamed of having my very own clone of me - whose only job was to go out and do all the dirty work of shopping. Of course she would have to have to be frugal and have some money. It wouldn't work otherwise. 

I love to shop thrift stores, antique stores, collectibles stores, 2nd hand or consignment stores - roadside stands, garage sales. But you even have to be careful about all that as well. Just because you are saving money, doesn't mean that is more money for you to spend on more "stuff".  You keep "paying" that dangerous game and it could trigger that little shopping demon inside you and before you know it, you have relapsed. We'll find you in Macy's or Bloomingdale's, passed out and your credit cards maxed out.  

So I just asked God or my Higher Power to REMOVE it all. Be prepared. When He does remove the urge to shop, shop and shop -  it will become a chore. All of a sudden,  you become willing to mend perfectly good socks, simply because you can't stand to drive around the parking lot - and stand in a long line -  just to purchase a bag of new socks.