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Think how often we say “I’ll do it later.”
If there’s something that can be done in one minute or less, do it right away.
- Putting your clothes in the hamper
- Replying to a text or email (marking it as read and archiving or deleting it)
- Reading your mail then filing or tossing it
- Putting your dishes in the dishwasher
- Saying hello or asking someone about their day
- Paying your bills
- Making the bed
- Hugging your kids/spouse/parents before you leave
Tasks such as these might sound simple, but think how often we put them off for some unknown future.
Then we wonder why our inbox has 1,000 messages, there’s mail stacked on the counter, dishes are piled in the sink, and we feel stressed and overwhelmed and alone.
I practice to stop thinking in terms of being “too busy” for something or someone. We’re all busy. We all also have the same number of hours in the day. What separates us is how we choose to use them.
Name one thing that you can do in one minute or less. Do it now without delay.
I feel like a fraud. As someone with a weekly food post, you may be surprised that I lack any ability to prepare a meal. While the Food Finances Friday Feature often shares tips on saving money by preparing meals at home, as someone who lacks the skill I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how one can prepare meals for home or work that require little if any preparation. Here are some healthy and inexpensive foods you can eat even if you don’t cook.
Continue reading Healthy, Inexpensive Foods for People Who Don’t Cook
By January 9th, most people have already given up their New Years Resolutions. While you may rank resolutions for improving your finances or health high on your list of importance, chances are they’re not quite as high on your list of motivation. To set ourselves up for success, it’s crucial that we have a plan on how we will reach our goals. You may have heard about SMART goals, but if you really want to implement change, set SMARTER goals.
Continue reading You’re Not a Failure, You Just Need SMARTER Goals
Being sick is expensive! If you’re thinking about making changes in your life that will save you money, consider cutting back on unhealthy habits and increasing healthy ones. Here are the 10 leading causes of death in the USA, and 10 healthy changes you can make that will also save you money.
Continue reading 10 Healthy Changes That Can Save You Money
If you are thinking about small changes that can save you a lot of money over time, consider some of the recurring purchases you make. Something as inexpensive as a cup of coffee could be costing you thousands of dollars over time. How much is coffee costing you?
Continue reading How Much is Coffee Costing You?
If you want to take a peak into another’s monthly spending, this is the post for you! I was shocked to see that I blew my food budget over the past few months. See how my 2018 expenses compared to the previous two years.
Continue reading I’ll Show You Mine: 2018 Q4 and Year Over Year Expenses
In December 2018, I turned 40 years old. Each year I reevaluate my life and set personal and financial goals. As this is a milestone year for me, I am going out on a limb and sharing my successes and failures with the world. Here are the goals I had for 2018, and new goals for this year. What are your goals for 2019?
Continue reading I Can’t Believe I’m 40! Personal and Financial Goals for 2019
December is a big month. Yes, there is Chanukah and Christmas. This month was extra special because I also celebrated my birthday. Here are 6 reads from around the web this month that inspired me.
Continue reading Inspiring Reads: December 2018
In 2017 the average American household spent $3,365 eating out. My family of 5 spends less than $100 per person per month on food, which is far less than average. My number includes eating out, so I never kept separate account of how much we spent at restaurants. So I was curious: how much did my family spend eating out in 2018? How do our numbers compare to yours?
Continue reading When All Your Dough Is Eaten By Pizza
2018 was a great year! Here is the story of my journey over the past year, a summary of the 5 most popular articles from The Debt Shrink, and a peek at my personal and professional plans for the next year.
Continue reading The Debt Shrink: Best of 2018