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˜€

Announcements

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^

Saturday

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™‚

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Sunday

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˜€

Potatoes

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˜€

Mayonnaise

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™‚

Conclusion

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?

Happy Blogaversary! Living on Cents is OFFICIALLY 1 year old!

Hey everybody! Last week, it was my Blogaversary for my blog, Living on Cents! Living on Cents is OFFICIALLY 1 year old! That means I have been blogging for a year now! WOWEE! πŸ˜€

*insert Dumbledore Party Hard gif here*

I don’t particularly have any exciting future plans for Living on Cents, but my current plans going forward are to try to be active on it as much as I can. As you have all noticed, I am averaging about one blog post per week now and I would like this change in the future, but I am afraid it is all I can manage for now. 😦 In an ideal world, I would like to manage at least two blog posts per week, which would be good for any blog in general in my opinion, but sometimes it gets too late in the day for me to write a blog post and some days when I am suppose to be writing a blog post either for the week or from my weekend, I just do not feel up to it. I would not do very well if I was a professional blogger you could say… Dx

But I do want to keep writing Living on Cents because I feel there is a need for people on SSI such as myself to have a voice in the blogging world about wanting to participate in the Personal Finance community even though I do not write a lot of Personal Finance-y kind of stuff. But I do love Personal Finance anyway and wish to keep everyone up to date with my current life on SSI though. πŸ˜€ It has been said by Toni Morris, “If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” In my case, my “book” would be my blog, Living on Cents, and it my honor to write it. πŸ™‚ The reason why I started Living on Cents was because I never heard a person in my own position in life write a personal finance blog on the internet. I got tired of searching for key words carefully to filter out results in search engines of what people on SSI go through and the daily struggles they face and I decided that I wanted to add my own voice to the conversation; but in a blog format.

I know my blog is still very small and not well known, but regardless, I think it is something that is needed in this world and I’m afraid if I ever stopped writing Living on Cents that I would never hear anyone else’s voice in a blog similar to my own ever again. I have decided that in my life, I wanted to be a voice that made a difference in only a small way or another and to say to you, all of the wonderful readers of my blog that may or may not be on SSI, is that I get it. I understand completely. There is a lot of suffering in the world and not having a lot of income, or being forced to not save over $2000 on SSI just because it is a part of Social Security’s rules for people who are disabled physically or mentally living on SSI (and a VERY outdated rule at that) in the RICHEST country in the freakin’ world, the United States, is beyond insane and a sin if I were to put things bluntly in a term that could be understood by anyone. I want you all to know, the people reading my blog who may recieve SSI, that you are loved and people do care about you even though the world and our current leaders seem to look like they do not care in any way. At least, that is what I believe when I read comments from people on the internet about how everything is put up like an impenetrable shield against us, whether you are on SSI or not. It does not matter the country you live in either, it seems that in every country in the world, the problems facing people in the United States, are the same everywhere for the average person. And that is wrong.

I won’t get into things too much because my blog is not a political one, but I’m sure everyone understands what I am talking about. But to conclude, I just wanted to be one voice in the Personal Finance blogging community that takes another route that slightly differs from other PF bloggers’ personal finance journeys and their journeys to FIRE if they are chosing to take that route in their lives. And writing Living on Cents is my voice even though it may be a little different you could say, haha. πŸ™‚

So I guess that is it for my Blogaversary message! πŸ˜€ Hope ya’ll enjoyed it. πŸ™‚ Like I said, I don’t really have any big plans or anything new that I want to add to Living on Cents in the upcoming future, but I am going to keep blogging and making great posts I hope everyone will enjoy reading! To tell you the truth, irl, my life is not very exciting, but I try to keep things interesting around here regardless! πŸ˜€

Here is to another great year of writing Living on Cents and I hope all of you will keep reading! Thank you so much for supporting Living on Cents this year and here’s to another great year of blogging and beyond! All of you guys rock! πŸ˜€

 

Til’ the next blog post! ^ _^