Welcome to the Weekend! And for me, it’s the beginning of a week off from school. We’ll be hitting the road to check out American and Georgetown Universities in Washington on Monday. Then we’ll fly out of Baltimore for a few days in the sunshine at our vacation condo in Sarasota. We can’t wait to enjoy some time on Siesta Key Beach! We’ll also be excited to see how our new phones and plans work away from home (fingers crossed!)
On to share some great posts from the last few weeks!
Pretend to be Poor wrote an interesting post about shopping in the wrong department to save money. I did this when my son was younger but haven’t tried it recently. I checked both the men’s small and youth XL to find the better deals for him as a young teen. (It isn’t just for clothes though!)
But don’t go out and buy too much just because you can get a great deal! We’re slowly beginning to go through things as the days go by getting ready for a tentative downsizing of homes later this summer. Chris at Keep Thrifty has a great post to remind you how much your stuff is really costing you (both in time and money!)
And you couldn’t really buy all that much to begin with if you only had one salary! It’s amazing to consider that people are thinking about financial independence and retiring early in a one salary family. Throw in a few kids and living in a high cost of living area – and that’s some serious strategizing. But Ty is working the plan with his wife and four kids. Find out how they are thriving on a single income.
This seems to be turning into the Saturday shopping share! The Mastermind Within shared a remembrance of the amazing salad bar at the Macy’s Skyroom in downtown Minneapolis. The flagship store there is closing and it’s the end of an era. Stores in our area are closing too and one local mall is having to shift focus to become an outlet mall now. What will malls (and brick and mortar) stores turn into if we all shop from home?
As someone who has run a couple of marathons, I totally connected with The Happy Philosopher’s take on the difference between frugal and cheap. Cheap running shoes or frugal ones? You decide. But add in a few co-pays for injuries – or the lost entry fees (and possibly the hotel/travel costs) of the big run you were training for and you’ll quickly learn the difference between those two terms!
Enough about shopping and spending money! OK – you’ll still spend some money doing this – but it is so important! Do you have a will – or have you considered a trust? We took the first step and finally got our wills done, but over the next few years – I want to consider a trust too. Check out My Money Design’s post on starting a trust instead of a will. I definitely need to learn more about them.
Why did I think I could get away from the shopping theme? Well this week I can’t – or won’t. I’ll round out the posts from this week with my favorite. And it’s not about shopping for new clothes, groceries, or a used car. It’s about who buys the damn pencils. After a long day at school, I saw Penny’s post Pencils, Mansions and Tone Deafness and I was ready to see Penny take on DeVos. And in her wonderful way, Penny did that – and so much more. Are you tone deaf? I certainly am at times. Give it a read – I have it bookmarked.