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Validation is always nice

March 30th, 2014 at 01:18 pm

We try to hit the library every week. Like everything else, our library has had to make budget cuts. As subscriptions to magazines run out, they aren't being renewed so the magazine selection is dwindling, but I'm still happy to read those that I can. Not only does it save us money, I feel like borrowing and returning the magazines also is a way I don't waste resources by having to figure out what to do with magazines. We get the AARP magazine one and I recycle it when we are finished, but I just feel like it is wasteful to have a ton of magazines.

On the new book selection at our library, I found one called "The Working Class Foodies Cookbook" by Rebecca Lando. It must be a popular one because the stamp says the library got it in July 2013, but I saw it Saturday for the first time.

It has a lot of common sense stuff that I already incorporate such as making my own stock, baking bread, etc. It also reminded me to get up and put the dough together for No Knead Bread.But it sure is nice to be validated. Especially in the past few weeks with some of the comments made about me.

One person told another that I was the frugal one like it was a bad thing. Another made a comment that I must be cheap to always bring my lunch. But this week it seems like the tide is turning. I attended a meeting and like usual, brought my lunch. Someone said she needs to start bringing her lunch since her husband has gotten on her about her spending. Another woman said she and her husband realized they have no savings and had hoped to take their family on vacation this year so she was going to scrounge for snacks at her desk. I kept my mouth shut...I could have given them ideas, but they didn't ask so I didn't offer. As the year progresses, perhaps they are thinking of saving since with the end of school coming, paychecks stop.

DH is itching for spring to get here because he wants to start his vegetable garden. It seems like spring is delayed with our below normal temps. Today is sunny which has lifted many spirits around here.

We don't have a coin jar like many of you on this site, but I have a bank and when it gets heavy, I empty it. I usually ask DH for pennies from his change bowl and he gives them up and usually other change too. He's going to take it to the credit union and put it in savings. I don't get a lot of change because I don't buy a lot of stuff on a daily basis, so it takes a long time for me to get very much change. It's a painless way to add to savings, that's for sure.

4 Responses to “Validation is always nice”

  1. Mooshocker Says:

    Funny thing happened to me last night. My girl friend and I were sitting quietly together. She was watching TV and I was on SA reading blogs. She asked what I was doing and I explained I was reading about some cost savings ideas. With a heavy sigh and moderate groan, she said "you are going to become cheap and that scares me. Next thing you know you are going to be splitting two play toilet paper." I chuckled and reassured her that I was not about to split two ply toilet paper, however, I did assure her that putting a focus on my financial status, maintaining a conscience effort to spend only when I must, budget accordingly, save for big ticket items and learn from others who are in the same frame of mind was part of who I am. She smiled and said, "I know".

    Moral of the story - Keep on keeping on the path you feel best fits your families needs, wants, desires, goals, plans and dreams. Remember, the Tortoise and the Hare. Slow and steady wins the race.

  2. PNW Mom Says:

    Glad to see the tide is turning....I am amazed at some of the things your co-workers say. Maybe some day those rude ones will wish they listened and learned from you!

  3. marvholly Says:

    RE: magazines

    I follow a number of bloggers and freebie/cheapie web sites. I am currently getting 10 magazines - ALL FREE and have 2 more due to start. Topics range from finance (Kiplinger), to food (BHG,Cooking light, Family Circle), to travel (Travel & Leisure) to eclectic (Smithsonian). to just plain reading (Cosmo, Redbook,ladies Home Journal) to health (Prevention).

    Once I have read them I pass them on to an elderly family friend who lives in an active retirement community. By the time she passes tem on further I bet 10 people have read most of them.

    I KNOW places like that & nursing homes could use them.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    I am often surprised at what people say too, PNW Mom. It shocks me how they feel they can say anything.

    Marvholly, I didn't think about the nursing home being able to use magazines. Excellent idea.

    Mooshocker, thanks for the kudos!

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