Be Prepared.

Most of the time, when it comes to spending money, I tend to obsessively research a company or product so I can be prepared for checkout. I will even wait for sales or coupons. My due diligence really paid off today. I decided, spur of the moment, to have a pedicure at a local establishment. I haven’t been there in a while, and I don’t normally go without a gift card. I went on their website and it stated their basic pedicure costs $30.00. I took with me enough money for the service and a 20% tip (yikes, that is high, but you haven’t seen my feet!). When I sat down in the chair, the clerk handed me a paper with a tier of options for pedicures. The cheapest on the list was $45.00. Hmm, I thought that was odd. I read the paper carefully, turned it over and did not see the $30.00 option. I waited then asked the woman if the $45 package was the basic. She paused, then said to me that the basic is $30.00. I told her I would like the basic, $30.00 pedicure. So essentially they presented me (assuming I did not know about the basic) the more expensive options and potentially could have gotten $15 more from their supposedly unknowing customer. I am glad I am not the personality type who is afraid to ask questions.


Ask questions.
Save your hard earned money.

Our First Yard Sale


Well, we survived our first yard sale! Everyone said it would be awful, but I had a good time. This past winter I read up on Minimalism which inspired the idea of a yard sale. And while it is totally inspiring, it just not for me (see my previous posts about it!) But it certainly helped us decide what to get rid of! My husband and I cleared out the attic, the garage, our clothes, shoes etc. Because we live in such a small area we asked my parents if they’d lend us their driveway for the day. We hauled close to 20 boxes of stuff to my parent’s place, unpacked them and placed them on tables. I wasn’t terribly hopeful about making money, but we still ended up with a decent amount of cash! But that was all due to lots of preparation.

If you know me, then you know before I start anything new, I read about the subject compulsively. I’ve been on Pinterest and several blogs trying to get all the information I needed from how much money to have on hand to where to advertise. I had this whole thing planned out at least a month in advance. I made the signs, priced and packed it all up and left it in the attic. I even arranged with the local thrift shop about a drop off immediately after the yard sale. And boy I am glad I planned ahead because without the planning it would have been 10 times MORE work than it was!

As far a getting the word out, we ended up skipping the local paper and used Craigslist and Facebook instead. We had neon signs all over from the Dollar Tree and were very clear about early birds – HELL NO! Still, we had a few! The first person to visit was an antiques dealer and then someone looking for jewelry, gold or coins. We had no such thing or even big ticket items. They were turned away immediately. Sorry fellas!  We held the sale from 8am-2pm. We had lots of visitors for the first hour or so, then stragglers until lunchtime. Very few hagglers, which was so nice!!! I promised myself no haggling would be allowed until later in the morning since there was potential for more people and it WORKED. So glad.

As the day went on my husband and I kept consolidating the tables so towards the end of the day we could fold up the tables and get them ready to be put away. By 11a.m., if the cheapest items weren’t selling, we set them on the wall labeled FREE which I think drew in more people, which was great! As time went by I tried to arrange similar items to entice people at the top of the driveway. Seemed to work. The most popular items belonged to my husband! I cannot believe it. I thought for sure most visitors would be women but we had LOTS of men who were interested in fishing poles, hardware and tools!

Mom and Dad threw in some items like our old croquet set, tools, bikes and hula hoops. We were happy to learn throughout the day that some people were taking items for local schools and churches. Also a mom came down and took our table for her son who was moving out on his own for the first time. Those were the groups I really hoped could benefit from our items.

Well, we finished up by 2pm, exhausted and sunburned. We learned a few things like we might actually consider doing it again someday! The only thing that really didn’t go were designer shoes and clothes, which, funny enough, I thought would be the first thing to go! Oh well! Nothing ventured, nothing gained!




Thank You and Goodnight.

I like to think I spend a normal amount of time on social media, but what is that really? Twice a day? On lunch break and after dinner? Right before bed? Right when you wake up? I already consider it far too much time. Granted some of that is reading articles posted by Time, Wall Street Journal or posts from other libraries. I might learn a thing or two. But still, there is a whole world opportunity out there that I am missing while I scroll through the feed!

I am embarking on a new journey. I am quitting (most) social media cold turkey. I have already closed my Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram accounts. I have even banished Linkedin. Their site promises connections for employment but it was more like other people stalking my resume! Not a fan. SO now what? Well, let me tell you, my morning routine is so lovely! I have so much time on my hands! I had NO idea how much time I wasted on social media in the morning!! What is most interesting though, is the muscle/brain memory of it all. Up to THREE DAYS after I quit social media, my fingers and thumbs still travelled the path across the screen to the folder labeled “social media.” Creepy!! How amazing these social media apps have literally taken over our brains!!

(Thanks to for the image!)