I was the fish climbing that tree thinking it was stupid

Hey, everybody! Today, I am going to talk about something is near and dear to my heart. It’s been weighing on me for a while and after doing some thinking about it, I have come to terms with myself. Plus, I can’t seem to find many articles to read about this subject on the internet, so I thought I would make my own. πŸ™‚

And my conclusion is:

All of my life, I was the fish climbing a tree thinking it was stupid.

Remember that old famous quote: “Everybody is aΒ genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking that it is stupid.”?

Well, after thinking about my past up to this point, I believeΒ I was that fish.

Let me tell you a tale about myself. All throughout my years of grade school, or Kid Jail, I like to refer to the United States School System as or mostly any school system in *insert country here* in general, I eventually realized when I was younger that I was different and was not like the rest of my classmates. I wasn’t better than anyone else and I have made plenty of regrettable mistakes in my days in Kid Jail and even when not in Kid Jail though, but you can say I survived and at least tried to blend in like the average joe mistakes and all. πŸ˜₯

As for the good things, school taught me the basics such as how to do simple math and write my name in cursive. The more complex things school taught me wad to read and write, which I am ever so thankful for. ❀ Kid Jail even taught me how to use a stove so I could be comfortable around it and in a kitchen when I was older. I even got to do art in class and outside of it during my days in Kid Jail. Looking back, Kid Me was average at art, but was always improving, but Adult Me is always improving as well; getting better and better every time I draw. πŸ™‚ I even had a few wonderful teachers that I will never forget that made Kid Jail a little better to be in throughout the first 18 years of my life.

But besides all of the good things I remember fondly, I was “released” from Kid Jail as a C student. And do you know why that is? Well looking back, after everything, mostly everything I was taught at Kid Jail I have completely forgotten.Β History facts? Gone. Science facts? Forget about it. Alegebra and Geometry? Who are they again? And even when I try to regain complex knowledge by reading books about nonfictional subjects today, it’s amazing how I don’t remember much after reading most of it. *shrug emoji* I’m guessing my brain is just not the “scholarly” type of brain of remembering really complex facts. 😦 But alas, reading is good for you, so I read anyway! πŸ˜€ But yeah, basically I don’t remember a freakin’ thing I was taught in high school or in the school system in general, just the good and bad memories associated with it.

But thankfully, I am out of Kid Jail now THANK GOD. And as I said before, I escaped Kid Jail with a C average. Thinking back, my mind was just not meant for scholarly pursuits and after going to community college time after time and eventually dropping out each time, I realized the school system was not for me. For you see, I love learning about things, but regurgitating facts that school and even college teaches students to do? Ehhhhh, not so much. This C Average Kid says SCREW YOU SCHOOL SYSTEM. 😑

But now I will get to the point of my post. Seeing as the school system gave me a C average and really crappy looking high school diploma for all of my efforts, the school was the tree and I was the fish trying to climb it. I didn’t fit into the school system’s definition of a “Genius”, thus school never taught me how awesome of a person I was all along. I had to stop climbing that tree that all of school stood for and reflect a bit thought wise and after doing so, I realize now that I am an AWESOME person. Screw what the school system thought about me because it has been wrong this whole time.

It took me a while to get to this place in my life where I figured out nothing was wrong with me, but only society who had issues with me. It was not me who failed society, it was society that had failed me. And I have generally accepted this as fact. So in conclusion, I am A TOTALLY FREAKIN’ AWESOME PERSON and society is wrong, dang it! 😑

And I have a list of reasons as to why I am awesome that I had to discover myself and all of them a SUPER AWESOME!

I am into Frugality and love personal finance!

YAAAASSS and that is one of the reasons why I have started this blog about frugality and personal finance! I may not be like most PF/FIRE bloggers out there, but I love the community we all belong to and how we can all relate to each other in many ways! πŸ˜€

I am a damn good cook!

Yup! I love the food I make and am happy to eat almost every day! My “diet food”, or now just my regular food, I really enjoy eating and could eat the same day every day without getting sick of it! I must admit this part of my personality is a blessing and I am so thankful for it each day, haha. ❀

I also like to make recipes I find from food blogs on the internet! Most of the recipes I make from these blogs turn out pretty good and I save the recipes from them for future making! Ahhhhh… I am getting hungry now just thinking about all of the recipes that I have saved! πŸ˜€

I am most EXCELLENT at thrifting!

And it is quite the passion of mine! πŸ˜€ Yes, I am a very good thrifter. You could even say I have a black belt in it, haha. πŸ˜‰ I absolutely love buying great stuff for almost nothing! ^ o^

And I don’t feel bad about those “poor wittle” department stores that charge retail prices for the same gently used things I buy at Goodwill and other thirft stores for a very cheap price. To me, buying mostly anything at full price at these department store corporations who have more than enough money already, who pay their workers an unlivable wage, and who always dodge paying their taxes, makes my skin crawl. Seeing how the corporate execs at Toys R Us and most recently Sears act only in their self interests concerning piles of cash they get from wherever just because of the store’s company they are running and letting their companies die because of said reason around this money, these companies can all pop off for all I care. I will pay retail prices if I have to on many things, but if there is a better option in the gently used item market or at one’s local thrift store, I will most definitely go there first for all of my shopping needs. πŸ™‚

But yes, thrifting is a great passion of mine and I absolutely love it! I would thrift more often if I could. πŸ™‚

I am a good artist!

And I have been for ALL of my life! My middle school art teacher didn’t give me paper awards for nothing! ;D Although, I was never one of those millennials that just received a trophy for nothing in my childhood, but Adult Me is glad that I didn’t. That would mean I would have to STORE THEM somewhere. > _> Thank goodness I never did get one, haha. πŸ™‚

As Ralph said from the movie, ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, “Turns out I don’t need a medal to tell me I’m a good guy. Cause’ if that kid likes me… How bad can I be?”

Or in my case, I don’t need a medal or trophy to tell the world I am a good person because if people appreciate the me I bring to the world, how bad of a person can I be? πŸ˜€ Believe it or not, before hearing this quote when I was younger and just out of school, it really affected how I saw my situation without having won a trophy in my lifetime and I am thankful to have seen such a great movie to go along with the quote. Changed my life really. πŸ™‚

However! My artwork is getting better all of the time and I look forward to improving it year after year as each day goes by πŸ˜€

I am a good writer!

This I have recently discovered in my early 20’s after writing many a story that have never completed, but I wish to complete something someday. Still working on my current story, dang it. > _< But someday, I wish to finish at least one story and self publish it for everyone who is interested in reading it. ❀ Whether I become a millionaire from it or not, haha. *insert laugh/cry emoji here*

I LOOOOVE minimalism and organizing!

Ever since turning 18 and discovering minimalism, despite many a bump along the way, I would never take this part of my life out. Minimalism truly gives me happiness and joy each and every day of my life and I can’t Β imagine myself ever going back to living like I used to with a bunch of clutter around. Teenage Me would not believe it if I told her that she would become a minimalist someday and think Adult Her was crazy. xD But she just doesn’t know how much an organized and tidied life would benefit her in the future and beyond!

I’m proud of Minimalist Me and wouldn’t change a thing about her in the world. πŸ™‚


So yes, I was a fish climbing a tree and was never told how I was such an awesome person I was in my younger years by the United State’s School System that only valued Grades,Β GPAs (Grade Point Averages), and memorizing useless facts one would forget years later. Turns out I am pretty awesome person and the school system and society just didn’t let me know it all of this time! I had to figure it out myself in the long run. Thanks a lot, school system and society. > _>

Looking back, life may not have turned out the way I wanted it to be when I was younger, but in general, I am pretty happy. πŸ™‚ I still wish most things in the world will change for the better someday though. ❀

But if your country’s school system and the society you lived in and/or currently live in failed to mention how awesome of a person you are, I’m going to do their jobs for them. YOU who are reading my blog are a fantastic person and are loved very much! Keep rocking! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€Β 


Were you ever a fish climbing up a tree?

What did I do this Weekend? (Plus my Goodwill haul + an announcement!)

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day, everybody! ^ o^

Maaaaaaan, what a weekend! This weekend was very active and I had a lot of fun! I will be including Goodwill haul from today as well, so stick around until the end for that! πŸ˜€


But I do have an announcement I need to make. There will not be any Monthly Budget Check Up posts for last month or this month due to real life issues. Sorry everyone, things have been crazy in my life at the moment and you could say it is even ridiculous, so no Monthly Budget Check-Up Posts for last month or in October for those reasons. No mini spending logs either for the Weekend Update posts as well for October too, unfortunately. 😦 I am hoping things will go back to normal next month though. Fingers crossed!

Also, as you have may have noticed, I have been switching my blog’sΒ domain name back and forth and have finally got a .com domain name that doesn’t have the word ‘blog’ in it! Incredibly happy about that! πŸ˜€ So I can say in short, that my new blog’s domain name, ‘http://www.livingoncents.com‘ will probably be permanent. I don’t plan on changing it again anytime soon and I’m pretty happy about it! πŸ˜€ Sorry for any trouble it caused for any of you guys that have my blog bookmarked for future reading. 😦

Weekend Update

Back to the Weekend Update! Come and see what I did this weekend! ^ o^


So when I got up first thing Saturday morning, LOCMom reported that the power was out! Again. – _- I don’t know what it is about the area we live in in Folsom that makes the power go out all of the time, but it is dang weird. :/ But after one call to the power company by LOCMom, the power was turned back on! Woot woot!

And since it was the first weekend in October, the local Spendypants thrift store, Snowline, was having their monthly 50% off sale! You betcha’ I went to that sale and bought some stuff! But while waiting in line, I met a woman who was a kindred spirit! She was very nice Β and we had a wonderful chat with each other while waiting in line. πŸ™‚ She told me she loved finding treasures at thrift stores and owned a baby grand piano from Europe! She also played the piano as well, so I bet that baby grand gets a lot of use, haha. πŸ˜€

I couldn’t help but notice from talking to her that she may have been… a person on FIRE (Financially Independent/Retired Early). O _O She even mentioned she used some of her savings for a medical treatment of hers and when I said my goodbyes to her and I went out to the car, I saw her loading her car up and it was a hatchback Subaru. A lady who owns a baby grand piano from Europe driving a hatchback Subaru that DIDN’t look like the latest model of that vehicle. Yup, that screams a person on FIRE if you ask me! πŸ˜€ Or maybe even a secret millionaire! O _O Well, whatever the circumstance was, one could tell she was probably a pretty wise person with her cash. πŸ™‚ A kindred spirit indeed! I just feel bad that if she went back to look at the CDs and how she expressed that she liked the classical music CDs in my basket that she wasn’t going to find very many of them in the CD section because… I’m afraid I bought almost al of them. O _O;;; Forgot to mention that to her if she went to look for other classical music CDs, but I hope she found some good CDs anyway! πŸ˜€ More on my recently bought CDs later! ^ _^

Then after Snowline, LOCMom and I went to visit LOCGrandpa! LOCAunt was there having lunch with him and LOCmom and I visited with him for a while. πŸ™‚ I even put on some music from when he was young that he always enjoyed listening to. ^ _^ After visiting with LOCGrandpa, LOCAunt and LOCMom and I all went to St. Vincent’s thrift store in Sacramento and shopped a little bit there! Unfortunately, LOCAunt had to leave early, but I managed to find a new red fuzzy peacoat, a CD case carrier, and a shirt for the winter time! Gotta’ to get ready for winter, so shopping thrift stores for winter clothes is always a good thing! πŸ˜€

After getting home, that evening up until late at night, I threw myself a CD scanning party! πŸ˜€ All of those CDs I bought for 64 cents a pop at Snowline I ripped to my iPhone and now the songs on them can be enjoyed in a digital format! πŸ˜€ I’m gonna’ become one of those Luddites though because I plan on keeping my CDs that I bought so if I have to rip them to another device that is outside of iTunes someday, I will still have them on me thus not trapping all of my music on iTunes entirely! That is, if CDs are not obsolete by then. If that time comes (and it probably will in the near future), then I will chuck out all of them. πŸ™‚ Preferably recycle them at Best Buy. ^ _^

RIP CD cases! *insert laugh/cry emoji here* I will be using my new CD carrying case I bought at St. Vincents to store all of my CDs for the time being. πŸ™‚



On Sunday, we met LOCAunt at our local Costco and had lunch there! For my lunch, I had a few bites of a Churro… For the FIRST TIME EVER! O _O Oh my god… Why haven’t I have eaten this delicious pencil-like donut all of my life? T _TΒ I will definitely be getting another Churro someday in the future! πŸ˜€

And alas, our garage and car were absolutely dirty, so I took that Sunday afternoon to get everything cleaned up! While cleaning the garage, I rescued perfectly good household supplies out of one of our apartment’s dumpsters that I will be donating to a local thrift store! PERFECTLY GOOD STUFF… IN THE TRASH. > _< Ya’ll wouldn’t believe what people throw out around here. Dx

I also gave our new downstairs LOCNeighbors’ child a soccer ball I bought last month at Safeway for $3.50. I had bought four soccer balls from Safeway for $3.50 a pop for the poorer kids in our area around the holidays, but I decided to part with one. πŸ™‚ Their child seemed to appreciate the soccer ball since they do play soccer. πŸ˜€

And that was pretty much it for my Sunday! No $5 Friday haul because we didn’t need anything at Safeway this Friday and I am happy with amount of sweets I have in the freezer already. πŸ™‚

Goodwill Haul

YA’LL READY FOR THIS?! 8D Check out my Goodwill haul I got from Goodwill’s 50% off sale today!

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Minus the blue Trader Joe’s freezer bag, all of this was $50! πŸ˜€ I must admit, some of these items was indeed a bunch of “wants”, but I’m always happy to buy things that make me happy and give me joy at an outrageous discount. ^ _^ But there were some things I did need in this pile of stuff. πŸ˜€

The paper cutter I plan on making a blog post forΒ for a party game that I will be making in the future! The paper cutter will help me cut straight lines for the party game cards I am going to make. πŸ˜€ And then on top of the paper cutter is a Brita filter! Y’know, just sitting there on the Goodwill shelf for a dollar. Snatched that thing up REAL QUICK and I’m hoping it is not too old that it is not usable anymore. 😦 Crossing my fingers! The scarfs and the pea coats I do collect and for each scarf under 3 bucks and the Anne Klein pea coat I bought today for only $6.50, that’s a steal! πŸ™‚ The CDs I bought were mostly Christmas music and for 1.50 a pop for 12-24 songs on each CD vs. one song in the iTunes store for $1.29 each, another steal! πŸ˜€

As for the rest of the stuff, I will either be using, wearing for the winter time, or reading it. πŸ™‚ Now as for that flower towel… Here I thought it was a dish rag, but after closely examining it further, LOCMom informed me it is a towel for wiping golf clubs down! O _o Opps… Well… From what I can tell you, I grabbed this towel for 50 cents because it was from a Hawaiian resort and it was made in Belgium… FANCY! =O That was the main reason why I grabbed it. A fancy dish towel that looked brand new, from a Hawaiian resort, AND was Made in Belgium? Sign me up! πŸ˜€ Don’t know what I will do with it now, but LOCMom says she wants it. We’ll do something with it, I guess. πŸ™‚

There was also a polyester throw blanket I bought for $1.50 that is not in the picture that I was going to use for my computer chair in my room (the seat is getting dirty), but LOCMom loved it and wanted it instead to use for it’s intended purpose though. Happy it got a good home anyway! πŸ˜€

So yes, a very wonderful weekend! Can’t wait for the next! ^ o^

How was your weekend?

Ask a Millennial! Are we “killing” potatoes, mayonnaise, and divorce lawyers?

Hey, everybody! I first must apologize for not having any blog posts last week or from this weekend! 😦 I’m hoping to keep things going smoothly throughout here and getting back on track! πŸ™‚

But for this week’s post, it’s time for my lovely blog series, ‘Ask A Millennial!’

In my blog series, ‘Ask a Millennial’, I discuss things that millennials like, love, hate and also things and industries that we are killing and as a fellow millennial, I give my opinion about each industry and/or thing I go over! Let’s get started!Β 

I will be addressing three subjects today that have recently been reported about millennials in the news! That news reported was, “Are we killing potatoes, mayonnaise, and Β most recently, divorce lawyers?”

Well, let’s go down the list and I’ll tell you what this millennial thinks! πŸ˜€


According to this article (and many more, I’m sure πŸ™‚ ), we are killing potatoes! The articles complains reports that we do not like how long it takes to prepare potatoes and that we disregard and don not buy them because they are unhealthy. The article also says that we eat more “healthy carbohydrates” in general.

Well… As a millennial, I don’t really care about how long it takes to prepare potatoes, but I do think alot of potatos are nothing but little STARCH BOMBS. 😑 These starch bombs are nothing but empty carbs that make a person fat, from my experience with them atleast (My body was the guinnea pig. πŸ˜₯ ). Remember the old, “meat and potato diet” diet? Well, we millennials see through that unhealthy diet and we have decided, and as of I, that potatos are on the DO NOT CONSUME and DO NOT BUY from the grocery store list. As you can see, I am apart of the millennial club that thinks most potatoes are generally unhealthy to consume all of the time and if they are offered to me at dinner (sorry family 😦 ), I usually don’t have seconds of them you could say. And what do you know, the article happens to be correct about this millennial! πŸ˜€

The ONLY potatoes that I allow myself to buy are sweet potatoes and yams. Those are “good” potatos because they actually are healthy for a person to eat in moderation each day, even though they are a carbohydrate. And the article is also correct saying that I forgo potatos and buy healthier carbs. πŸ™‚ The only carby things I buy are organic whole wheat bread (I buy organic to be sure my bread is pretty clean of unhealthy additives and chemicals; the ONLY grocery store item I do not cheap out on), sweet potatoes, yams, Quest Energy Bars, Premiere Protien energy drinks, and unsalted Kirkland Nut Bars from Costco. That’s it ya’ll : / And to be honest, I do buy candy sometimes to snack on. C: But THAT’S IT. > _<

As you can see, not really a lot of unhealthy carbs going on there in my list of foods that I buy. πŸ™‚ Plus, all of my food and drinks I buy, carby stuff or not, I always make sure are low sugar and not high in sugar, salt and fat. I have been overweight for my height before in life before my diet/eating lifestyle change and I plan on not going back there again anytime soon and FOREVER. So yo ho ho ho ho, a healthy eating lifestyle for me! ~~~ πŸ˜€


Now according to this article, millennials are also killing mayonnaise! Oh, the inhumanity of it all… > ___> Also, one of my readers also asked me this very same question a long time ago, so I will finally be addressing it today, haha. ^ _^;

Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I bought mayonnaise besides once this year when I bought some light mayonnaise for my avocado toast to try putting into my mashed avocado spread, but that is it. *shrug emoji*Β Until that moment, I don’t think I have ever bought mayonnaise for myself except for maybe once, twice, or three times throughout my entire 20’s probably. LOCMom always buys and keeps a jar of mayonnaise on hand anyway, so I never really took the initiative to buy it ever… Plus, as the article says, I don’t think mayonaise is very healthy to eat in general even though I think it is delicious. πŸ˜€ I mean, I love you Mayonnaise, but let’s just stay friends, okay? Dx

Not much to say about Mayonnaise but just that this millennial doesn’t eat it regularly, haha. ;D

Divorce Lawyers

And last but not least, according to this article, us millennials are putting divorce lawyers out of business now! Boo hoo? : / Apparently, us millennials are marrying later and are being incredibly picky on who we marry and if we do get married, we are staying married. What is so wrong with this you ask? Well… nothing really, to be honest with all of you. : | So everyone break out your small violins and start playing them for all of the divorce lawyers we millennials are putting out work. 9 _9

To be honest with you, I have thought of marriage and honestly, I don’t think marraige will be happening in my life anytime soon if ever (sorry again family 😦 ). I am afraid I have read one too many stories about how significant others can turn out to be jerks, turn into jerks, are complete clutter bugs, hide their debt from you sometimes before getting married, and me being on SSI, people may see me as a perfect abuse target to take advantage of because of my very low income making me trapped in a relationship and making me dependent on my spouse’s income completely. It’s just not going to work out in the end, I’m afraid. So for now, I have deemed a life of singlehood for me to be perfect for me at the moment and honestly, I am loving it! I don’t have to worry about pleasing another person romantically and it’s all about me! To be honest, I would marry myself if I could. πŸ˜‰

But infinite cheers to all of my millennial cohorts who have found that wonderful man or woman who completes them and three cheers and beyond for all of them staying together because they actually love each other, dang it! > _< πŸ˜€ The Divorce Lawyers are still lawyers, so they will just have to find another line of lawyering work to do. Maybe helping my fellow millennials who have a bunch of college debt get out of their debt maybe and taking on those god awful student loan loan shark companies that always pick on millennials these days for MOAR AND MOAR money after they leave college after graduating? That would be nice. πŸ™‚


So yes, all of these things that I have gave my opinion on are pretty irrelevant to me you could say, haha. πŸ˜› Besides mayonnaise, I will be pretty happy to see most of these things go in the future. πŸ™‚ As they say, or at least I say, “ADAPT OR DIE.” πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

What do you think about these dying things? Do you think they are still relevent today?