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A New Year’s Financial Mission Statement

Brought to you by: The Frugal Buzz On January 11, 2011 No Comments

How is January treating you so far? I hope good. Are you still working on those resolutions or have you already chucked them out the window? One of the reasons I don’t make resolutions is that I just can’t get pumped up in winter to make big changes.

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I’m more inclined to take big leaps in the spring and summer.  Even fall is more exciting to me than winter. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter. But, winter makes me want to cuddle up and hibernate. No sun, no happy.  In the winter I sleep more and eat more; making any weight loss resolutions futile anyway.

I like success over failure so I skip the whole resolution mess.  I take a more mission statement approach to New Years.  I craft a few sentences that summarize what I want to focus on, change or do differently during the year.  It’s a solo process that sets the stage for where I want to focus my energies.

It’s fluid and can change (because I wouldn’t have it any other way, heh) and I’ll add goals and specifics later – when the sun comes out.

Why not consider a Mission Statement for your New Year’s Resolution?.  A Mission Statement is no more than a statement to guide.  It can be financial, personal, professional, etc.  It can be a solo effort, a joint effort (with spouse or partner), and/or a family effort.  Mission Statements can be used in any area of your life.  Some common characteristics of all Mission Statements are:

1.  Mission Statements define who you are and what you aspire to be.

2. Mission Statements should be broad (you can hammer out the specifics later).

3.  Mission Statements should be clear enough that others can understand them.

4. Mission Statements state what’s important – core goals and values (think why you are creating a Mission Statement in the first place – the importance you, your spouse/family place on it).

The more involved you can get your spouse/family, the better.  What do you think? Would a Mission Statement make a difference in your life?

Frugally yours, Mary

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It’s our Birthday and You can Win

Brought to you by: The Frugal Buzz On January 6, 2011 35 Comments

Just a note to send my personal greetings and best wishes to everyone for a wonderful New Year.  My life was so hectic over the holidays I barely had time to think.  I realized The Frugal Buzz is 1 year old and I had to celebrate.

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Starting and growing a blog is kind of a love/hate relationship that teeter-totters way more on the love side.  It’s a fine way to learn new things  about technology and social media and even yourself.  That will be another blog post.

I do it because it’s fun and I’ve met many wonderful people in the blogging world.  It’s also a great test of a relationship when your SO is a software developer with an already demanding  full time gig.  Couldn’t have done it without you, honey. I love you and thank you!

Personally, 2010 was a good year and I’m so thankful for all I have in my life. I think I grew up this year. It’s taken me a way long time (as, I’m 39 again now, hee hee) and I thought I was ‘all grown up’ but now I know differently.  But then again, I’m sure I don’t have anything figured out and there’s lots more coming in 2011.  I’m just going to try to roll with the punches and take life as it comes.

I am chewing on being more mindful and less of a ‘multi-tasker’; at least on the home front.  It’s a great skill, especially in work situations, but it taxes my brain and detracts from being in the moment.

That’s all I want to say about mindfulness now because no doubt you’ll be reading about it all year.

Now, on to The Frugal Buzz.  Here’s what we have planned:

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Monthly Themes – January’s theme is “Organize, Simplify, and Maximize” and Daily Tips to help you do just that; one tip to help simplify your life and one to help you maximize your money.

I am also excited about A Moderate Life’s Baby Steps to a Rockin’ Life From the Middle of the Road.  Every Wednesday you’ll find short tips for better health, more happiness, organization, scheduling, routines, harmony, peace, contentment, cooking, finances, personal care and family life; basically any positive aspect of life.  From Alex:  “It’s all about taking baby steps as a positive plan that gets you going in the right direction. Taking enough baby steps, like the turtle, gets you there eventually and its all about the journey and not the destination anyway!”

I know you’ll find lots to get excited about.

More ways to win are also in store including two new giveaways this month.  Oh, what the heck – let’s get one going right now.

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PRIZE: A copy of Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.  Honestly, my favorite cook book next to an ancient, dog eared old Moosewood Cookbook I have.

How to Cook Everything VegetarianHOW TO GET IT: Go to Baby Steps to a Rockin’ Life From the Middle of the Road and come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me what baby step appeals to you most and why.  I encourage you to leave Alex a comment too, but you only get an entry for a comment here!

PARTICULARS:  Open to all with a mailing address.  One entry per person/per household.  Winner will be selected using random.org, notified by email and have 24 hours to respond. If no response, we’ll pick another winner.  Pretty simple, right?

ENDS:  Sunday, January 9 at 10pm EST.

That’s all for now.  Cheers to 2011.

Frugally yours, Mary

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Happy New Year

Brought to you by: The Frugal Buzz On December 31, 2010 No Comments

Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year filled with happiness and peace.  However you celebrate, please be safe.

If I Had My Life To Live Over

by Erma Bombeck

I  would have gone to bed when I was sick instead  of pretending the earth would go into a holding  pattern if I weren’t there for the day.

I would have burned the pink  candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in  storage.

I would have talked  less and listened more.

I  would have invited friends over to dinner even  if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the  popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to  light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time  to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared  more of the responsibility carried by my  husband.

I would never have  insisted the car windows be rolled up on a  summer  day because my hair had just been teased  and sprayed.

I would have  sat on the lawn with my grass  stains.

I  would have cried and laughed less while watching  television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought  anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine  months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing  inside me was the only chance in life to assist  God in a miracle.

When  my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never  have said, ‘Later. Now go get washed up for  dinner.’

There would have been more ‘I love you’  and More I’m sorry’s.’

But mostly, given  another shot at life, I would seize every  minute, look at it, and really see it . . live it  and never give it back.

STOP  SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!

Very wise words from a very wise and much loved woman.  Thanks, Erma for reminding us about what’s really important.

Frugally yours, Mary

Passing  the Purple Hat to You
>>
>> IN  honor  of women's history month and in memory of Erma  Bombeck who
>> lost
>> her fight with  cancer.
>>
>> Pass  this on to five women that you want watched  over.
>>
>> If  you don't know five women to pass this on to,  one will do just fine.
>>
>>
>> IF  I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma  Bombeck
>> (written after she found out she was dying  of cancer).
>>
>> I  would have gone to bed when I was sick instead  of pretending the
>> earth
>> would go into a holding  pattern if I weren't there for the day.
>>
>> I would have burned the pink  candle sculpted like a rose before it
>> melted
>> in  storage.
>>
>> I would have talked  less and listened more.
>>
>> I  would have invited friends over to dinner even  if the carpet was
>> stained, or the sofa faded.
>>
>> I would have eaten the  popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried
>> much
>> less about the dirt when someone wanted to  light a fire in the
>> fireplace.
>>
>> I would have taken the time  to listen to my grandfather ramble about his
>> youth.
>>
>> I would have shared  more of the responsibility carried by my  husband.
>>
>> I would never have  insisted the car windows be rolled up on a  summer
>> day
>> because my hair had just been teased  and sprayed.
>>
>> I would have  sat on the lawn with my grass  stains.
>>
>> I  would have cried and laughed less while watching  television and more
>> while watching life.
>>
>> I would never have bought  anything just because it was practical,
>> wouldn't
>>  show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
>>
>> Instead of wishing away nine  months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished
>> every
>>  moment and realized that the wonderment growing  inside me was the only
>> chance in life to assist  God in a miracle.
>>
>> When  my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never  have said, 'Later.
>> Now
>> go get washed up for  dinner.' There would have been more 'I love you'
>> More
>> 'I'm sorry's.'
>>
>> But mostly, given  another shot at life, I would seize every  minute,
>> look
>> at it, and really see it . . live it  and never give it back.
>> STOP  SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!
>>
>> Don't  worry about who doesn't like you, who has more,  or who's doing
>> what.  Instead, let's  cherish the relationships we have with those who
>> do love
>> us.