I have a million blog post ideas but I have a serious case of blogger’s block. I have not posted the pursuit of frugal for a while – so I decided to warm up with that and hopefully that will get things working again. Also, I fell in love with a new blog theme , and it has been more work than I bargained for.
Work has been very trying lately. There have been some long days, and a heavy workload that has left me zoning out in front of the TV abusing Netflix. Speaking of Netflix, I have been following the stock and considering buying some. I can’t seem the pull the trigger though because part of me wonders if it has jumped the shark. I have read about their international expansion and they have some unique programming but I worry that some new, better, sparkly competitor is going to show up and blow them out of the water. Maybe I am wrong. The fence-sitting continues.
On the frugal front it has been mostly business as usual. I think we have hit a “frugal set-point” and we will have to really push to break through it. I estimate our 2015 savings rate (savings + mortgage payments) is 55%. Nice! We are not suffering and I do not have any pent-up desire to spend.
This month I tried my hand at water bath canning. I pickled some of the beets and zucchini from my garden. I am so proud of myself. I had to try it, and now that I have, I am not sure I will ever do it again. It was fine, but there are only so many things I want to pickle and I am terrified of giving my family botulism. What I really want to try is pressure canning but I do not want to spend on the equipment and I don’t know anyone with a pressure canner I can borrow, so maybe sometime in the future.
Free Family Fun
I took the family out for a day of zombie hunting. It was a bust. I thought it would be fun to go for a long nature walk and play a game. The goal of the game is to survive the zombie apocalypse while hiking through the wilderness. Players earn a point when they are the first to spot – sources of food, drinkable water, shelter, evidence of human activity. Players can earn 100 points if they find a zombie. I had fun but the kids complained the whole time! The hated the bugs, the walking, and they kept arguing that there are no such thing as zombies. They are no fun at all.
I continue to nurse my poor ancient laptop. It is SIX years old and clinging to life. I have to contort the power cord to get it to charge and the screen is starting to go but I refuse to give up on her. I hope she makes it to the new year.
My car is even older than my laptop. My husband has been making small repairs and YouTube videos have been invaluable. Before you go to a mechanic check YouTube first. Someone hit my car in a parking lot and broke the licence plate holder off. I fixed it myself with a couple of zip ties. Yeah me!
The library is one my favorite places. When I am not zoning out with Netflix, I have been zoning out with a book. A couple of great reads:
The Man Who Quit Money. The story of Daniel Suelo and how he gave up money 15 years ago. If you are interested in a frugal living and minimalism – it doesn’t get any more frugal than this. Can you imagine a life without money? Where do you live? How do you eat? Daniel maintains a blog at Moneyless World if you are interested in hearing more about Daniel’s life without money.
Boomerang. I have read a few Michael Lewis books and I have enjoyed every single one. Boomerang looks back at the origins of the great financial crisis and the role of and reaction of different countries around the world. It was interesting to see how the crisis played outside of the US.
Well that’s it for now. I will be back with our monthly net worth update in a few days. It should be interesting, considering the recent market mayhem.
Thanks for reading.