Another birthday and some Dr. Martens

At the beginning of the month, I had a birthday. I’m now 47. Wow! Sometimes, it’s a bit hard to believe that I’ve been around for almost half a century. But here I am. I don’t get into birthdays, but my daughter does and so she sketched a lovely picture for me and wrote me a beautiful letter. I’ll be framing both.

A few days ago, I ordered these boots. Dr. Martens has been on my want list for years. They’re durable and seemingly last a long time. Which is perfect for someone like me since I dislike spending money. The shoes were supposed to arrive on Monday. However, they arrived yesterday (Tuesday).

As you can see, I’ve already changed them around a bit. The new shoelaces are definitely… Opal.

I had made some bias tape about two years ago and so I made those into shoelaces.

 

The bias tape was originally created from a bolero jacket that I’d made for my daughter when she was nine years old. That was four years ago. Great memories! 🙂

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File cabinets: Organization queen…

Yesterday, I ordered a filing cabinet (black) from my local Office Depot. Originally, I was going to order them from Amazon but… I decided to check to see if I could find them cheaper at a local store, and… I did. This filing system was on sale for $59.99, originally priced at $99.99. Score! I did have a filing cabinet that was a bit smaller, but last year I got rid of it because it wouldn’t close all the way. I held off purchasing a replacement long enough. Now, with the addition of the filing cabinet, I can easily put away hard copy documents that I need to keep on hand.

We print a lot of paper in our house, easily 300 sheets weekly, no it’s not something we can cut down on either since my having physical copies is a requirement for what I do and for my daughter’s homeschooling.

Of course… I’ve thought about making digital copies of the documents that I keep in my filing cabinet. To be fair, at least one piece of each document that is stored has some part scanned electronically. I just haven’t convinced myself to scan it all. That would be a lot of extra busy work. Hmm, perhaps set up a proposal and see if my daughter would be interested in picking up a side job? She has her chores, but this.. yes, I’d pay her to scan those documents.

Currently, I’m researching laser printers, with the amount of printing we are doing weekly, my Epson Workforce 3640 is running through the ink. In addition, I’m researching shredders. I’ll need one eventually for some sensitive documents that I have. When I do finally decide on a shredder, it will be a cross-cut shredder.

Organization? What’s not to love! I easily find whatever I’m looking for because I keep documents stored away in order. Yes, sometimes, I don’t want to take the time to set things up, but the benefits make this step worthwhile. Flying by the seat of my clothes when it comes to organization? If I know about it in advance, that’s not going to happen. I’m teaching my daughter the same thing.

Homeschooling in full swing

This is my daughter’s first year of homeschooling and she is really enjoying it immensely. Things are starting to settle down for the both of us and I’m slowly trying to incorporate blog writing back into my schedule. I had “penned” it in for earlier this week, however, I never got around to writing anything until today.

With my daughter, she’s doing a mix of online and classes at a local homeschool co-op. She’s already been to one event with her local co-op (field trip to a local 3D printing company) and she has another one coming up soon, that focuses on honeybees and ways they can incorporate 3D printing to help save the honeybee population. I gave her a few suggestions on what she might use, and am curious to see what she comes up with and see how it transfers as a 3D print. It’s her job to create the design, submit it for printing to her teacher. Socialization? That’s not an issue, and it’s something I hear some people parrot a lot without really thinking that socialization happens anywhere. Also, in regular school, children aren’t doing too much socialization within a class setting since they are typically in a class setting being instructed by the teacher. But… there are numerous ways for my daughter to socialize in what she typically does with her friends and the various activities that she’s involved with. What I do like about non-traditional schooling is that they are socializing with more than their peer group.

A new (to me) Planner: Franklin Covey Day Planner

In my last post, I mentioned that I was acquiring a planner and here it is, says hello to my ‘new to me’ Franklin Covey (Classic) Day Planner.  After a lot of research, I decided that my planner of choice would be a Franklin Covey and although I was impressed with the videos and written posts about them, I decided that I didn’t want to spend that type of money to purchase a new planner. From my research, new this planner cost over $100 however, I was able to purchase it for under $25. Yes, that included shipping. Where did I purchase my planner? Ebay of course! I went on the website and found exactly what I was looking for and it had the added bonus of this cute hangtag.  Do you see what it says?

“Attitude is everything!” Isn’t that the truth, if we’re constantly filled with negativity, is it any surprise that the ‘world is against us?” 🙂 The ‘world’ really isn’t,  but at times our negative attitude pits us against ourselves whether we know it or not. But back to the planner. It arrived at my house quickly. I won the bid for it on Friday and Monday it arrived!

This Franklin Covey Classic day planner was in amazing condition and after wiping it down with a soft cloth and adding my own homemade leather conditioner, it looked as good as new. I’ve had this planner for almost a month and I must say that I’m thrilled with this purchase. I use it daily. Currently, I am on the lookout for a Franklin Covey Monarch day planner. Why would I want one? For my 8″ x 11″ documents that I don’t want to fold in half when I give information to clients, I never fold their paperwork, however, what they do after I give it to them is their prerogative. Another bonus for the Franklin Covey planners is that they will last years since they only thing that “needs” to be changed is the paper and since I’ve been making my own inserts, I save even more money.

 

It’s not about the planner

Your plan means nothing, if you don’t put them into action.

I’ve always been a planner. Whether I keep a list in my head or write it down on paper, for myself, I found my productivity is best when I have a plan. It keeps me accountable. However, you can write down numerous things and it means nothing if those plans go nowhere. Based on my views of planning my recent posts about budgeting shouldn’t be a surprise. It’s just another way to document. For me… it just works! I see the results of putting my goals on paper, restricting certain wants to achieve financial freedom and for me, it’s worth the minor sacrifices. As I mentioned in my last post, one way I stay on top of my busy schedule is to visit my notebook/planner on a daily basis.

Earlier this week, I had purchased the above planner to replace my old notebook and planner. It was advertised as refillable. The frugal me leaped at that since it meant I’d only have to rotate calendar/note sheets each year. Well… guess what? It wasn’t refillable! Although it was lovely, I decided to return it and get something that suited my needs more, also I wasn’t thrilled with the false advertising.

My online search lead me to this planner, however, the more I thought about it, I realized that this would be the perfect planner for my daughter.

This is a large planner, which should easily accommodate her writing style. Currently, she writes her plans into her journal, however, she also uses that to document her thoughts and so I decided this planner will be for her. It’ll be a nice wonderful unexpected surprise for her.

 

Since I still need a planner, I went online and purchased a Franklin Covey planner. It’s used, but will be new to me. I love the hang tag “Attitude is Everything” that is attached. Since it is used, I’m spending much less than I would if it was purchased new. Those who know me well, realize that I in many cases, I look for used items first. I pay attention to the description and will choose “like new” or “a “gently used” item. I should receive this planner sometime next week. I must say that I’m looking forward to this product and I’m thrilled that I should receive numerous years using this item since it is refillable.

On a side note, last evening I stumbled upon CandiKCan, on YouTube and I’ve been watching and listening to her videos as I go about my daily tasks. What led me to her was searching for videos about Franklin Covey and what kept me on her page was I found her informative and entertaining. I know I’ll be back.

In other news…

I still haven’t started my free trial of the Harvest software. The more I research, the more hesitant I become that it’s exactly what I want and so I’ll do a bit more investigating before I take advantage of the free trial.

…decently and in order

When it comes to work, just as with my budgeting habits I try to stay on top of things since I’ve found being efficient is much better than “flying by the seat of my pants.” A few days ago, I stumbled upon a new to me software titled, Harvest. I must say the title appealed to me since I do enjoy growing things in our garden. It makes me think of all the efforts that go into the finished produce and the pride that I feel as I pick the produce to turn it into something awesome or share with others.

Since I cannot share my administrative tasks with others, at least not yet, I’ve been thinking about a more efficient way to get this accomplished without at much effort from myself. While I’ve used Quicken in the past, I’m not overly fond with it and I’m more than eager to give Harvest a try. Since it’s free for 30 days, I’ll sign up within the next few days and put the software through it’s paces. Perhaps, it’ll be love at first entry, just like YNAB. We’ll see! With my freelance work, I’m thrilled to say that I’ve never missed a deadline so even though I might jump through extra hoops to get things accomplished, I’ve been able to stay on top of things.

Although I have a good memory, I do write my appointments/deadlines down in a notebook or planner. I like planners that are refillable. I recently purchased this refillable planner, it should arrive soon. Naturally a refillable planner appeals to the frugal part of me, that wants to hang onto an item for a long time.

So of course you know a monthly calendar/whiteboard is perfect for someone like myself. I love that I can see what’s happening for the entire month. With all the ways that I cover the bases for freelance work, I should never have an excuse for not getting my assignments completed on time and this is important because next month, my freelance workload is going to hit a new record. The beauty of that is, I work around my schedule and from home with the occasional on site audit.

 

It’s Amazon PrimeDay!

It’s Amazon PrimeDay!  Amazon has been promoting this day for several months. There are a limited amount of products available for the items that are reduced and you have to make the purchase in a few short hours, so in some cases you have to act quickly, otherwise the items will be sold out.

Today, I’ve seen many Facebook groups, sharing what they purchased. Of course, others responded within the comment section to show what they’d purchased. Some people were undecided, since they ‘wanted’ the items but were unsure if they’d make the purchase since it wasn’t in their budget. Did I purchase anything? Yes, but I’d budgeted for those purchases in advance, so I was fine. I had planned on buying one item this past weekend, but then I remembered that today was PrimeDay and so I held off until now to see if I could receive a better deal. I didn’t for that item, but I did for the other.

The cleaning sprays that I purchased for my Toyota Prius weren’t reduced more, but…

the sketch pencils that my daughter needed for an upcoming class were!  An additional $7 was knocked off the price.

How much did I spend on Amazon PrimeDay? $26.34. It was budgeted and I came out ahead. You want to know something?  It’s the first time I’ve ever purchased anything at Amazon on  PrimeDay. I’ve been an Amazon Prime member since the service was offered. Were there items that I wanted to buy yesterday, but didn’t? Of course, but those items were ‘wants’ and although I COULD have made the purchase without going over my budget, I chose not to do so. I figured those items that caught my interest would be good deals for someone else.

Towards the end of this week, I’ll be cleaning the Mass Air Flow sensor in my Toyota Prius instead of taking it into the auto mechanic to take take care of this for me. This past weekend, I drained/refilled the oil in my Toyota Prius. Another way to save money for car maintenance since the work was done by myself. I typically do most of my own car maintenance, some jobs I save a few dollars and others I can easily save over $100. 😉 To ensure that I have my 2003 Toyota Prius for a long time, I stay on top of doing the maintenance when it’s recommended. Often times, I do it at least a thousand miles before the suggested maintenance.