Category: Encouragement

Look World, We Are TRYING to Save Money Here- Part 1

Look World, We Are TRYING to Save Here

Look World, We Are Trying to Save Money Here

Part 1

Yep, we are trying to save money.

Who isn’t right?

Well, we are trying so save a large amount in a small amount of time while paying medical bills and regular “life” bills.

Why another post about trying to save?

Because only 22 days into 2016 and our goal to save $10,000 by the end of the year when BAM!!!

Why?

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2016 Goals 10 Day Update

2016 Goals

10 Day Update

2016 gOal Update

Several of you have inquired about our “goals” for 2016 and if we are still on track.  I am thrilled to say, for the most part, YES WE ARE!!!

And here is a little update:

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“Just Make Do” January

What is “Just Make Do January”?

Just Make Do January Button

Just Make Do January” is the perfect opportunity to use up all the food, chemicals, health and beauty supplies in your home AND kick start an emergency fund in 2016.

Just Make Do” means instead of running out and purchasing new we will be creative, be building new food combinations and using up any “leftover” bottles, supplies and groceries we have on hand.

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Decluttering Your Mind & Life a.k.a Controlling the Chaos

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Why did we choose the title “Controlling the Chaos” and not a series on decluttering?

Because my hopes for this series include so much more than just decluttering and organizing.  I hope it will help me and others like me make lifestyle changes to reduce the chaos and clutter in our lives and minds.  I know the steps I have taken so far have worked wonderfully.

I hope this series will help guide you into making better choices and decisions about how you address everything that enters your life and mind every, single day From how and when you wake up to how you prepare for bed, from how you address incoming mail to how and when you pay your bills, create your budget and build your menu, etc… as well as removing and organizing the physical clutter in your life.

“Clutter” isn’t only something you can see but it is something you feel.

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25 Simple Ways We Saved This Week

25 Simple Ways We Saved This Week

 

25 Ways We Saved This Week

1.)  We stayed home.

Yep, very simple.  We did not participate in shopping online or in store the day after Christmas

2.)  We created a paycheck by paycheck budget for 2016, beginning with the check we received on Christmas (we get paid bi-weekly).  My wonderful hubby even created a spreadsheet to update as I change the numbers when bill amounts fluctuate.  (Saving me a huge amount of time doing math each month.)

3.)  We were blessed with perishable groceries from an unusual source.

We have a family friend leaving for a short family visit and they asked if we wanted to consume their perishables while they were gone.  Of course!  A gallon of milk, some fresh, crisp apples and other assorted items means we saved at least $10 we would otherwise have spent on perishables this week.

4.)  We joined and uploaded receipts to Receipt Hog.

We earned 280 coins by uploading this week’s receipts (for any store), filling in our information, playing a free “pull” and confirming our email.  If you would like to earn free money that can be cashed in for PayPal or Amazon Gift Cards, I suggest you sign up too.  If you use this code SKAN9388 when you sign up, we will both receive a free “spin”.  ( My first spin earned me 14 coins towards those gift cards).  I figure I already spent the money at the store, a few extra minutes to upload the receipt is worth the gift cards at the end of the year.

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Goals For 2016

Goals For 2016

Normally I am not one to set “goals” for the up coming year.  No “New Year Resolutions” for me.  I am simple.  I am boring, and most days I am just happy to putter along.  I make lists.  I make plans, but with life the way it is I don’t usually set goals and definitely don’t make resolutions.

THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT!

THIS YEAR I am setting multiple goals; some will be hard and others will be easy.

I have decided it would be wise t0 share my goals for 2016 with everyone, ask them to motivate me and help me stay accountable.  (Yep, there is that word again.  You will see it a lot at Treasured Tidbits in 2016.)

I will be sharing updates on our goal progress, as well as sharing tips and pointers on how we are accomplishing some of them.  Such as saving $5,000-$10,000 while paying for two newly installed wood floors, paying off multiple medical bills, controlling the chaos we call paperwork and a house, and getting a handle on our health.

I hope that our ups and downs, tips, tricks, and mistakes may inspire you as well.

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Why I Wanted to Quit Blogging Burn EVERY Christmas Decoration, Craft Supply and Additional Décor I Own.

Quit BLogging and Burn

Yep, you heard that right!

I, Tina M., the calm, non-violent, love to create and decorate person I am was ready to BURN it ALL!.

What could lead to this extreme desire?

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Grandpa- A Poem for an Amazing Man

Grandpa Poem

I wrote this poem shortly before my grandfather’s anticipated passing and decided to share it on the one year anniversary of his death.  It doesn’t even begin to share the love, guidance and faith he provided our family with, but it did give me a way to vent my emotions during a trying time.  There isn’t a day goes by that Grandpa doesn’t come to mind, visit my dreams or whisper in my ear (not always so quietly).  He was a an important part of my life and left his mark on so many, in both our family and community.  I realize this is a bit off the path of my usual posts, but this post and poem were written for me and anyone who knew him and wants to remember him and the AMAZING man he was.

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Secret Project Reveal #3

Secret Reveal Project #3

My Favorite part yet.

Blank Pegboard Secret Reveal Project #3

Yes! We have pegboard.

Bright, Beautiful, White Pegboard.

I LOVE IT!

And by now I imagine you have guessed what I intend to use it for.

Secret Reveal Project #3 Pegboard in Transition

You guessed it!

CRAFTS

Only one problem.

Have you ever tried to organize a pegboard with random items when you have O.C.D.?

It isn’t easy.

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I Can’t WAIT!

We've Got a Secret Sign

If you have been following along on Facebook you know we have a secret here at TT.

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