Another Winter

I’ve been getting some inquiries about the return of this blog. Well, after four seasons without missing a day, I regret to report that there will be no blog this winter.

My distaste for winter still remains and I will certainly continue my own style of cheapness. I just don’t feel that I have anything unique to offer for another 100 days. For those who have played along for all four years, by now you know all about the key days marked on my calendar. And what had once been challenges have now become habits. So, instead of lying in bed wondering what to write about, I think I’ll just lie in bed. I’ll still be doing my own personal countdown and I may check in with a post if I find a spark of motivation. If anyone is inexplicably going through withdrawal, the archives are also available.

For those wishing to continue the tradition on your own, the countdown starts Wednesday, December 10, 2014 and ends March 20, 2015 with the arrival of spring.

Be frugal, feel gratitude and stay warm!

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Spring + 1

It’s time once again for some gratitude.  Thanks to everyone who hung in there all winter long and especially to those who played along with comments, ideas and suggestions.

I can’t believe I made it through another winter without missing a single day.  One reason for this was my hunch to keep a winter storm list.  Because it was such an active winter, more than 25% of the posts were about “weather events.”

I started back in December with a goal of having 40 no-spend days.  I far exceeded that goal coming in with a total of 51.  Yes, for more than half of the winter I did not have any out-of-pocket expenses.  Again, I think the weather had something to do with that.  There were several days where the only reason I left the house was to shovel snow.

On the other hand, the total amount I spent during these past 100 days exceeded the amount of past years.  This was due to several purchases from my wish list.  During this period I purchased a TV, toaster oven, blender, bed sheets and a comforter.  Certainly not major extravagances.  The good news is that I only paid $518 for those five items.  The really good news is that I earned more than that through extra freelance jobs.

So, this is the chief cheapster signing off.  Thanks again and here’s wishing you a warm and sunny spring!

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Spring!

Happy Vernal Equinox!  Spring arrives at 12:57pm EDT.

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Day 99 – 1 day ’til spring

I’ve been meaning to write an article about Amazon.com, but I just ran out of time.  However, I didn’t want to let the season end without passing along a related tip I got from friend and regular reader Beki.  She clued me in to a simple way to enhance your Amazon shopping experience with a charitable donation.

It’s called AmazonSmile and here’s how it works:

  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

 

Tuesday = no-spend day #51

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Day 98 – 2 days ’til spring

To me, the St. Patrick’s Day storm of 2014 was a bunch of blarney.

It was another one of those odd storms in this odd winter.  Part of the Philly region got hit hard while other spots got absolutely nothing.  I guess my neighborhood had to clear about an inch of snow.  Unfortunately, most of that fell during the early morning making for rush-hour challenges.

If this winter was a referendum on climate change, I cast my vote in agreement.  This was the second straight storm where the Jersey shore got heavy snow and the Pocono Mountains got nothing.  Storms seemed to be coming at us from all angles.  I’m sure that if people just 100 miles north or south of me would’ve been counting the storms, their totals would’ve been different than mine.

I guess because I had to clear snow and the truck was in four-wheel drive, I’ll count this as winter storm #22.

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Day 97 – 3 days ’til spring

Have you ever read any of those articles where they try to scare people who aren’t saving enough for retirement?  The writers warn that you might end up living on macaroni and cheese in your old age.  That’s not much of a threat to me.

I like Craft macaroni and cheese and often buy it when it’s on sale for under $1.  Add some tuna and bread crumbs and it’s practically a gourmet meal.  I also like Campbell’s tomato soup on cold day.  There are other days where I crave a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Egg and cheese biscuits have become another cheap favorite.  Anyone have any other suggestions of cheap comfort foods I can add to my poor-old-man diet?

A bigger threat would be telling me that I can’t have those things when I get to retirement.  Now Ramen Noodles, that’s another story.

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Day 96 – 4 days ’til spring

We’ve obviously got some readers amongst the regulars to this site.  If you’re willing to read this amateur blog every day, you must like to read.  For that reason, I bring to you a challenge from the BBC.  They’ve put together a list of what are considered to be 100 great books and they estimate the average person has only read six of them.  I’m willing to say that my readership is well above average.  So, here’s the link to the list.  How did you score?   http://www.listchallenges.com/kaunismina-bbc-6-books-challenge?ref=share

 Saturday = no-spend day #50

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