Years ago, when I was making good money I would carry about half a paycheck around for spending money. It was just easier to cash my paycheck and pay for all my shopping with cash than it was to write a check and go through those awful check approval processes. And credit cards were an expensive convenience. So I used cash for everything but bills that had to be paid in the mail.
Now it is so much easier to use a debit card when shopping that I almost never use cash. The debit card is accepted just about every place that I go and I haven’t written a check in over 3 years.
As much I as I dislike banks, I’ve been a fan of alternative ways to handle money, especially if I can avoid credit cards and checks.
One of the things I really enjoy doing is giving Christmas ornaments as gifts to my kids. Every year since they have been born I have given them at least one Christmas ornament for their own collection. I figured that way, when they are grown and on their own, they will be able to have a good start on their own collection of family christmas ornaments here in a storage box, waiting for them to pick up and take back with them to decorate their first very own tree. Hopefully the different ornaments will provide them with good memories of their childhood, and give them a good head start on their own family trees!
Lately I have been searching out coupons to save money on as many different purchases as possible. I used to be very frugal and then I guess I got a little lazy about sorting and keeping track of the different coupons and expiration dates. Now that I want to get back on the Frugal Train, my first thought was to search out coupons and I found a great place online to help with that.
For example, I need to buy some shoes, so I searched online for the shoes I want to get at Shoebuy and then I found the coupon to save more money!
I love shopping for shoes online, because there is no frustration from shopping in the stores and not finding the right size or color. When I shop online, I know right away if they have the right size, and I can see in the image window what the different colors look like. But if I happen to be be out and shopping at the mall or near some of my favorite stores, like Payless Shoes, I can get online coupons to help me save on those purchases.
This works for women’s shoes as well as men’s shoes. If you know that you need a particular size, shopping online is the easiest way to buy men’s shoes, and they deliver the shoes right to your front door within just a couple of days. I found a great pair of Johnston and Murphy Shoes that had a coupon deal and they turned out to be cheaper than any of the local stores.
I was looking in my jewelry box earlier today, and found some old jewelry I had forgotten that I had. Two of the items that brought back a lot of melancholy memories were promise rings for girlfriend that I had been given by special people that had broken my heart when I was a young adult.
The rings are very pretty, and I am torn about what to do with them. On the one hand, I don’t see a reason to keep them – the memories are bittersweet, and I’m not sure that I want those memories anymore! I don’t want to throw them away, but I don’t really have anyone to give them to in my family that would like them. I doubt that I could get any “real” money for them. Maybe I should take them down to the pawn shop and see what they have to say about them. When they were given to me I was told that they were high quality rings, but I suspect that they probably are not what they were all cracked up to be.
It seems to me to be our social convention, if not law, that if you break something that is not yours, then you have the obligation to buy, repair or replace it. So why Unite Airlines did such a poor job of taking care of this customer makes no sense from a customer service standpoint nor from a legal standpoint. I’m glad this guy wrote a protest song and is getting some recognition for the issue.