I was recently asked a question by a mom who was wondering how she can break the bad habits she has around spending money on her kids. Specifically in the area of toys and clothing. I talk a lot about my struggles of being a shopaholic, for sure, but I suppose I never really dove into my struggles with overspending on my kids. Today I want to cover some of the strategies I used that allowed me to be more intentional with my money and how I spend it when it comes to my children.
How is it so damn difficult to know ourselves? I mean, we spend all day with us, right? But, really it’s just like going into an art museum and standing only an inch away from all of the artwork. (Which I’m pretty sure is frowned upon.) When you’re so close to the picture, you can’t get an accurate portrayal of the entire thing. That’s kind of what it’s like being with ourselves. Our natural talents and abilities come so naturally that we don’t even realize they’re special. That would be like someone telling you one day that everyone else has to try really hard to blink. Crazy! You’ve been doing it so easily this whole time! So if you’re standing there wondering, “What am I supposed to do with my life?” I’ve got the whole tool kit right here for you!
Right now most of us are stuck inside and starting to go a little stir crazy. One of the things I have heard most from people is that they want to clear out their house, but there is nowhere to take any of your stuff! Goodwill is closed. The Salvation Army is closed. So what are you supposed to do when you have a ton of stuff to declutter and nowhere to take it to? Well, I’ve made a list of 10 ways you can start cleaning house while still in quarantine!
A few years back I was in search of a more simplified phone plan. Especially for my kids. They didn’t need all the bells and whistles that came with a smartphone and frankly, neither did Tom. I called our phone company only to find that they MAKE you pay for data. You can stop getting the internet on your phone … but you still pay for it. Awesome. Well, thank goodness someone realized how annoying this is and did something about it! Now, you can get a phone plan for as little as $5 per month, you don’t have to buy an expensive phone and you can change plans or cancel with no hassle. Fo real.
Everyone is telling you to save money these days. Even me. Read about 3 BIG ways to leverage Covid-19 to save more money. But today what I want to share with you are 11 little ways that you can help yourself save more money right now during the Covid-19 pandemic.