It's about to be past Halloween which means retailers will be going right into Christmas, bypassing Thanksgiving all together in some places. That's why, today, before that happens, I am urging you to try something new. This is my case against presents. It's infused with the arguments of other bloggers, celebrities, and humans. Think about it, decide, maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store.
I began this blog six months ago with the goal of keeping myself accountable and helping both me and MadMan grow and reach our goals. I can't believe it's been six months. Time for a re-cap and future look.
Starting in October, life gets more expensive, at least for me. You have Halloween, Christmas (or what you celebrate), Thanksgiving, New Years, and my family has a few birthdays too. How do you save during holidays like these? Foremost, by consuming less. There are a few other ways though, and those will be the topics of discussion for this post.
As you know, we tend to laugh at tradition as we go through life. We see most traditions as a way for companies to get more money under the guise that it just must be done, not that it need be. Engaged, we are going through each step of the wedding process and talking about it here with the same mindset. We are trying to give advice on how we saved money yet still got the stuff of our dreams to the best of our abilities. From the venue and the dress to the invitations and eventually the photos. This week, we dealt with the invitations.Why do it old fashion and "by the book" when technology could save you thousands?
In short, Wedding dresses should not cost as much as they do. If you know where to look, you might be able to get a steal like I did for something more "traditional." If not, who said you even need a white dress? Why not wear a sun dress or a cruise type formal dress? There are many things you can do with your dress after your wedding from get money back to make something new or even help someone. It's time to make weddings less consumerist and more celebration. It's time to make them about the couple and not about spending money.
You just got your first home! First, congratulations! Second, did it come furnished? The answer is probably not. So now you have to go out into the world of shopping and buy everything you need. What is all that exactly? What all do you need to buy for your first home? Not as much as you think.
Everything I have ever made is now uncopyrighted. I've given up control and released them into the world. They are in the domain of the public. What does this mean for you? For you, this means you don't have to ask for my permission to use anything. Use my content (posts, images, books, music, whatever) however you want! Email it, share it, change it, add vulgar language, and reprint it with or without credit. It's all good. While I would still love attribution, and a lack of vulgar language, it's not required. Did you get a hold of any of my photography, books, or other sold items? Feel free to pass them out. I would love if you gave a starving artist some lunch money, but I won't be offended if you don't.
I'm really lucky. Between my family and MadMan I have no need to worry about money in college, or even after. Yet, I love working. Recently I realized that I was about to work myself out of a job, and I was happy about that. The problem, I had just been denied for the last job that would have kept me with no time off. I also realized that while I am good at giving advice, I don't always follow it. This is a story about two days, (a few days ago). A culmination of events that lead to a revelation.