Day 95 – 5 days ’til spring

Possibly my best purchase of the past year was the comforter I splurged for before we got heavily into winter.  After receiving that comforter, I think I whined less about the severe winter conditions because I could always retreat to my warm and cozy bed.  With that in mind, I can cross off another item from my wish list as I bought another down comforter.

This one is lightweight and will be used during the summer.  I even broke my waiting period rules.  Since I had already done the research, I knew what I wanted and what I could expect to pay.  I found it on sale at Sears.  I went to the store to inspect it then went home and ordered it online with an additional discount and free shipping.  All totaled the discount came to 55%.

I’m now ready for year-round sleeping comfort.

 

Friday = no-spend day #49

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Day 94 – 6 days ’til spring

Although it won’t make my storm list, I feel that Thursday’s wintery weather was worthy of some note.  Much of the upper-northern portion of the country fought through blizzard conditions.  What caught my attention here in the Philly area was the nearly 50-degree wind chill drop in a 24-hour period.  Wildly windy March days are to be expected, but they usually don’t come with polar vortex temperatures.

With less than a week to go until spring arrives, I’d like to think this will be my last winter weather report.  However, with a couple more possibilities for snow in the forecast, I wouldn’t bet on it.

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Day 93 – 7 days ’til spring

I read an article called 10 Competitive Jobs That Everyone Wants But Hardly Anyone Getshttp://www.businessinsider.com/most-competitive-jobs-in-america-2013-12#ixzz2vmt6WG9S

The list is:

1. Choreographers


2. Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers


3. Athletes and Sports Competitors


4. Sales Agents, Securities and Commodities


5. Sound Engineering Technicians


6. Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance


7. Music Composers and Arrangers

8. Real Estate Sales Agents


9. Coaches and Scouts


10. Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes


I confess that I have wondered if I could have been successful in a few of those jobs.  Fortunately, I have a job that is on the fringe of some of those categories and I get to dabble in aspects of them.  I have also gotten to know people who are successful in several of those careers. 

Besides having an extreme talent, these people really aren’t that different from anyone else.  They all have good days and bad days.  They also have days when they wish they were doing something else.  The really good ones remember to show gratitude to be fortunate enough to work in a profession that so many others would love to have.

Again, I believe that gratitude is key for anyone to be successful in their chosen career.  Even on my worst days I can always find something for which to be grateful.  Sometimes I’m just grateful that the bad days are very rare.  And for anyone who looks at their work and can’t find any reason to be grateful, it’s time to find something new to do.  30 or 40 years is way too long to be stuck in a career without personally redeeming qualities.

Maybe you don’t have the most glamorous or high-paying job, but it just might be the perfect job for you.  I know that my work will never make me rich, but I can certainly look back at a fairly long career that I have found to be very satisfying.

 

Wednesday = no-spend day #48.

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Day 92 – 8 days ’til spring

I’ve been asked if I have any interest in money-saving apps for smart phones.  I have an interest, but unfortunately my smart phone just isn’t that smart.  My only cell phone is the one provided for work.  Therefore, I don’t have the latest and greatest technology and I am limited in what I can use.  I can’t even take a decent selfie.  I did, however, learn of an app that might be of interest to some readers.

The app is called foap and with it you can make money with all those pictures you’ve been taking on your phone.  Here’s how it works:

Our vision is to let people from all over the world earn money from selling their smartphone photos—simply by downloading our free app, snapping a photo and uploading it to the Foap Market. When someone buys the photo, the photographer can cash out his/her money. And best of all, the photographer can sell the same photo over and over again.

A word of warning.  Make sure any photos are yours to use or that you have the rights to use them.  Also, be careful what photos you offer.  You’ll be giving up the rights to those pictures and they can be manipulated in ways you might not want the world to see.

 

Tuesday = no-spend day #47

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Day 91 – 9 days ’til spring

Following up on Monday’s piece on the value of a car wash, I found this article at Get Rich Slowly that provides more ways to take care of your car.

5 car maintenance services you can get for free

http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/03/05/5-car-maintenance-services-you-can-get-for-free/

 

Monday = no-spend day #46

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Day 90 – 10 days ’til spring

I invested in car washes for both my vehicles over the past few days.  Invest may seem like an odd word to use with car washes, but it feels appropriate to me.

As long as I’ve owned two vehicles, the pickup truck has been the go-to workhorse in bad weather.  Unfortunately, I didn’t give it the reward it so deserved for doing all the dirty work.  Because I was concerned more with performance than appearance, I often neglected to give that pickup a thorough cleaning.  While it still looked pretty good from the wheels up, underneath things were beginning to decay.  All that winter weather crap that had accumulated was eating away at everything that went unwashed.   I estimate I’ve spent over $800 replacing parts that failed inspection due to corrosion.

So $32 for car washes that could save me money down the road seems like a good investment to me.

Sunday = no-spend day #45

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Day 89 – 11 days ’til spring

 The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered:

“Man.  Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

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