Saturday, March 15, 2008
The Green Stuff
With St Patrick's Day right around the corner I find myself focusing on the green stuff, and I don't mean just cabbage and colored beer. Since it's also tax season and I work for an accountant, my mind is also on money. I am constantly running numbers through my head, my own finances as well as our clients'. I've always been careful with cash but am not a tightwad, think I know when to pinch a penny and when to indulge. I tend to cut corners on things that don't matter to me such as clothing (I don't care what label is on my jeans) but am more than willing to pay a cleaning lady twice a month to keep the castle in good shape. I've found some really good blogs & websites to assist & inspire me and really consider frugal living a hobby as well as a way of life. I could do much better, however, and in fact have made that a goal of mine for 2008.
Fortunately Beren and I have the same philosophy; I clip coupons, shop sales and discount stores, he loves to hear how much I saved on our grocery bill. We have a budget and do our best to stick to it, record nearly every dollar we spend in Quickbooks. We both adore thrift stores and rarely visit a new town without doing some junkin'. That's what we're headed out to do today as a matter of fact. I'll let you know what treasures we find!
P.S. We found a few goodies today: some really pretty cobalt blue salad plates, two pieces of vintage Pyrex casseroles which I use constantly and am always searching for, and a traveling bar which we're going to fill with a few bottles and gift to Kali and Kevin for their honeymoon. Shhh..don't tell them!