Showing posts from April, 2011

What Will You Do With 246 Days?

That's it.  As of today, April 29th, 2011 - there are 246 days left until New Year Day 2012.  What will you do with 246 days? 

The letter below was written by a woman in South Portland, ME and was featured in body+soul magazine.  She has a great idea for getting rid of the clutter in her day and one items at a time. 

Clutter Queen Last year, I finally decided to do something about all of the clutter in my house.  My plan?  Get rid of 365 things in 365 days.  I started with small items and soon found that viewing the junk in my home with an eye for decluttering helped me see more and more things that I no longer needed.  By the end of the year, I had reached my goal.  In addition to opening space in my home, I also freed up time, since I don't have to clean and pick up as much.  This project deeply changed my worldview about possessions, clutter and what makes a home.
You have 246 days.  Can you imagine how different your life would be if you removed 246 items from …

6 Hours Clipping Coupons? 1 Hour in the Checkout Lane? Stockpiling? What Do You Think?

I just watched Extreme Couponing on TLC last week.  I was curious to find out how one would walk into a grocery store with two carts stacked full and walk out only paying $6.00 - or sometimes less.

What I learned was:

1.   These women will spend up to 6 hours daily clipping or searching for coupons.
2.   You sometimes will have to buy a dozen or more of an item because it only goes on sale once a year.
3.   You have to stand in line in the checkout and divide your entire purchase into smaller purchases to get the best discount.
4.   Because items only go on sale once a  year and you have to buy dozens, it is necessary to stockpile them.
5.   One woman stockpiles in every room of her home - even her daughter's bedroom.

So, I ask you - what do you think?  Is it worth it?  Would you do  it?

I'll tell you what I think (there's a shocker):

1.   If you have the time to clip or search for coupons, great.  Go for it.
2.   If you have room in your home and want to stockpile, great.

Spring Fever Got Me Again!

This time, it surrounded my coffee maker (a.k.a. my reason for getting out of bed in the morning.)

I noticed that my coffee wasn't tasting as good as it normally did.  That's when it dawned on me - I hadn't run a batch of vinegar through the machine for a while.  Ah ha!

So I ran a batch of vinegar through along with 3 more batches of water to make sure the vinegar was out of the coffee maker.  It made a world of difference!  So I pass this little tip on to you today to make your reason for getting out of bed in the morning taste better.