I love to downsize. It keeps the clutter at bay in my home. In the past, I have been known to downsize too much and find myself having cleaner’s remorse. While it is important to keep my home clean and uncluttered, it is equally important to save those items that I will need later.
Whether it’s a screwdriver or a crochet hook don’t downsize tools. There may always be a point when you may need them again. Tools, be they utility tools or crafting tools, take up space and may not be used very often. When you need them, however, the last thing you want is to be without them. Find an out of the way place for them and forget them until you need them, but don’t get rid of these items.
I have heard the old adage that states the best way to get pregnant is to get rid of all your baby stuff, but don’t. All the things you used with your first child, you will most likely use with your second and third child. Some items may appear out of date, but still work just fine for your younger children. In addition to this, baby stuff can be very expensive. You don’t want to need to buy it two or three times. Unless you are absolutely sure you aren’t having another child, I suggest keeping the baby stuff.
In fact I recommend keeping two copies of banking statements, bills, and tax returns. Keep one paper copy and one digital copy. These items are worth their weight in gold and may keep you from spending just that. They prove that you have paid your bills, taxes, and give you information for the next time you need to talk to a representative. Also keep a copy of any confirmation numbers you may be given by companies proving that you paid. You may need them later as well.
Many of us look to the things we need to change in order to save money or be better people. However, we need to stop and give credit where credit is due. Some may ask where that credit is due? In those little quirks and bad habits that are frowned upon in society, but in the end have saved us money and peace of mind.
I have children that don’t like having their ears cleaned, but my pediatrician says that’s okay. In fact my pediatrician says that it’s actually preferable to let my children have a little dirt in their ears. The ear wax keeps bacteria and infectious microbes from actually getting into their inner ears. This means less ear infections, less trips to the doctor, and less time fighting a toddler. It saves me in gas, time, money, and stress not to clean their ears too often.
I know it sounds nasty, but leg and armpit shaving really didn’t become a huge deal until recent history (with the exception of ancient Egyptians, who were paranoid about lice). Imagine how much money you could save in waxings, shaving tools, creams, and bleaches if you just left the hair alone. I have heard of men celebrating no shave November. Why not try a little no shaving ourselves. It keeps us warmer and doesn’t leave us with annoying shaving cuts or possible chemical burns.
Yelling has many useful properties when done correctly. You can be heard at a farther distance. It clears your airways if you have a bit of congestion. Upon occasion it can communicate better than being rational. I have even heard of a therapy that encourages an individual to yell into a pillow to relieve frustration. The only down side is when you don’t breath correctly and end up with a sore throat. Why pay money for therapy sessions when all you need is to shriek off a little steam and be on your merry way. Just don’t make too much of a habit of it.
What bad habits have saved you money?
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Sleep is one of the most important things we should be doing in a twenty four hour period. It helps our bodies recharge and allows our minds to organize the information that it has accumulated during the day. Unfortunately many people are finding it harder and harder to sleep. Before scheduling an appointment with your doctor and getting a costly prescription, try some of these free tricks.
Reset Your Internal Clock
When your body clock is off, your sleep schedule is off. When your sleep schedule is off, you can’t get sleep when you want to, and want to sleep when you can’t. It becomes very frustrating. Although I heard the best trick for resetting your body clock is to go on a three day camping trip, it’s not necessary. Spend more time outside. Turn off all electronic devices in your bedroom. Set yourself a bedtime and a wake up time and stick to it. Cover your windows to keep artificial light from creeping in. Your may soon find yourself falling to sleep like clockwork.
Eating the right diet doesn’t just keep you healthy nutritionally, it also helps you sleep. Being overly full or eating the wrong types of foods can cause gastrointestinal distress and keep you up in pain. Small things, like eating a proper serving size, staying hydrated, and not eating overly rich foods at supper can help you in your quest for sleep.
The Right Temperature
Many people wake up feeling uncomfortable due to room temperature. Either it is too hot or too cold to sleep. What helps is to have your home climate control set to a moderate temperature (such as 75-78 degrees) at all times. Change your blanket and sheet fabrics due to the weather as well. Flannel sheets may be wonderful during the winter, but a light cotton blend may be better during the summer. Last of all, if you are like me and can’t sleep without a blanket covering you, even when it’s hot, try just covering your feet. I have found that just covering my feet will satisfy my mental need for covers.
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