What 5 Things I am Thankful for This Holiday Season/Christmas (2018 Edition)

Hi, everybody! I’m sorry agin for not posting lately! πŸ˜₯ I’ve still been feeling bad, but I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and Christmas! πŸ˜€

Honestly, I have not been in the Christmas mood all month and even though this Xmas has come and gone, I’m hoping the New Year will bring more joyous times in my life for me.

But let’s get to the point of this post! 2018 has pretty much come and gone, and at the end of every year in December, I list what I am thankful for on my blog, Living on Cents. πŸ˜€ (Read last year’s blog post here!) I am very thankful for many things this year and I will let all of you guys know what they are! πŸ˜€

My New Twin Bed Mattress

I didn’t mention this before on my blog, but a few months ago, I got a new mattress! It is a twin size pillow top mattress and it is super comfy! Having like four mattress pads on it as well helps too with its comfiness, haha. πŸ˜‰ I fall asleep immediately on it every night and I never hurt at all when laying down on it. πŸ™‚ I also got a matching box spring and mattress protector sheet thrown in when the mattress was purchased, so that is always a plus! And no, my new mattress was not 39849847834893 dollars thank goodness. Dx I basically got an “economy model” mattress that was priced pretty reasonably and was so worth it. πŸ™‚

So this year, I am thankful for my new mattress! If I keep taking care of it properly, it should last me for many years to come! ^ _^

ABLE Accounts

I was going to make a special blog post about this, but I have just been feeling awful still lately. 😦 But GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! /ProfessorFarnsworthVoice ABLE accounts are now LAUNCHED AND LIVE in California! I haven’t started one yet, but by getting an ABLE Account, I will be able to save over $2000 while on SSI now! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! ^ o^ When I open up an ABLE Account finally, I will definitely be letting you guys know about my small financial milestones that I will achieve little by little with my ABLE Account. πŸ˜€ I’m basically going to be using my new ABLE Account as an account to fund my retirement and my goal is to MAX IT OUT. HIT THE CAP BABE. STASH. CASH. B)

So yeah, I am super excited and I am hoping I will be able start stashing my cash into an ABLE account as soon as next month. I can’t wait! πŸ˜€

My Food/Drink Stockpile and Costco

So as a person who lives on SSI, always having enough food around the house for me is always a concern of mine. It always stings a little parting with my money every time I go to the Frugalpants Grocery Store even though it is a frugalpants store. 😦 But this year, I am thankful for stores like Costco where I can buy food and drinks I enjoy consuming in bulk and most of the time, saving money that way by buying things in bulk instead of paying the “poor tax” on just one food/drink item bought individually every time. πŸ˜₯ By buying food/drink products and household goods in bulk, it may be that I have to part with a lot of money at one time for a bulk purchase, but in the end, I know what I am buying is a screamin’ deal that will benefit me and last me for the longest amount of time possible. I must admit this privilege of me being able to afford bulk items every month is because I live with LOCMom. If I was living by myself on SSI, things would be very different and more difficult for me, I’m afraid. πŸ˜₯

But every night when I am in my bed, my bulk items are in my room staring back at me and I know in my heart that I am blessed. ^ _^ When I look at them, I feel I have so much and I am so very thankful for that. ❀

My Clothing

I remember when I was in my earlier 20’s before the frugal lifestyle became a huge part of my life (I was frugal then as well, but was not as passionate about frugality as much as I am now… πŸ™‚ ), I sometimes bought pretty delicate shirts that you would always have to handwash because if you put them in a washing machine, the washing machine would just wreck them and ruin them without mercy. πŸ˜₯ Well, after a while, I guess I did get tired of having clothing that I always had to handwash all of the time and when I moved to y new town, when I bought “brand new” new clothing after my weight loss, I bought t-shirts that fit me well and could be washed in a washing machine because I didn’t want to hand wash anything with such a small kitchen in my new apartment that I live in and I just… didn’t want to handwash anything. Dx

These days, I have a frugal/poverty mentality when it comes to my clothing. I always say to myself, “As long as my clothing clothes me and keeps me warm/cool against nature’s elements, I will wear this simple clothing and I am and will be very thankful for it.” But also, my clothing (basically my shirts) has to not ever turn into pill city in the near future and has to be or be near 100% cotton or another 100% of some other fabric. Polyester clothing, unless it is a sweater or exercise leggings, always gets the gullotine treatment from my closet if I happen to buy a shirt that is made out of polyester and I didn’t check the tag for what the shirt was made out of first at the store. >:/ You just gotta’ checkΒ whatΒ your clothing is made out everybody, those clothing manufacturers are tricky!Β 

I have recently shrank into a Size 12 pant size, but it has been hard for me to find Size 12 pants that work on my body since when you hit a Size 12 or lower (basically shrink out of the plus size range of clothing Size 14 and up… .), I have discovered pant sizing becomes batsh*t crazytown. It’s absolutely insane what each clothing manufacturer thinks is a “Size 12”. Some 12’s are really 10’s and some 12’s are even 8’s and 6’s! Sometimes some 12’s a rare size 4… I wish I were joking, but I am not. >: / Also since pants in stores this winter are all trending being a high rise cut right now, they don’t even work for my body type since I am so short in the waist area. : ( Even petite pants are sometimes even too long on me because my waist basically disappears when I sit down and the petite pants still act like long waisted pants on me. >: / It’s been like this ever since my childhood. Still drives me crazy to this day.

So for now, even though my Size 14 pants are baggy on me, I will be keeping them around and just wear a belt with them like I always do. πŸ™‚ Like I said, I am very grateful and feel blessed that I have warm clothing to clothe me to protect me from the weather, so I am happy with my clothing at the moment and in the long run. ^ _^

Dumpsters at my Apartment Complex

Sometimes God blesses people through other people or through events in their lives. What the average person might not think though is how stuff thrown away in a dumpster can bless people’s’ lives as well.

Everyone… Ever since moving to an apartment complex and living in an apartment, even today, I still can’t believe what people throw out. I mean… It’s incredible. It’s absolutely unbelievable. Basically, if anything is by a dumpster or in a dumpster at my apartment complex, it’s fair game in my opinion.Β 

Basically so far this year I have found a large full size Made in USA ironing board, a rotating air purifying fan, a blood pressure pump reader that works perfectly, a Made in USA tool box, perfectly good tall lamps, a coffee maker and a Keurig machine, and much much more that I am still in disbelief that people just chuck into a dumpster or beside a dumpster to be taken to the dump to be buried in a giant hole in the ground to never be seen or be used again. These items usually still work if you plug them in even. It’s just awful everyone. 😦 I unfortunately can’t take everything I find (had to let that Keurig go… πŸ˜₯ ), but I do take what I can use in my life, in a dumpster or not. I even donate the stuff I find by or in the dumpsters to thrift stores because there is absolutely nothing wrong with it and other people can use the stuff I find. πŸ™‚

Like just today, I found some perfectly good work tools and a lot of them were Made in USA tools. Also found a blue plastic medium/large-ish garbage bin for our apartment’s garage. And the diamond in the rough I scored out of a dumpster by our apartment today was a plastic chair mat for my computer area. ^ o^ Check out how much one retails for at Costco and on Amazon and I didn’t pay a cent for mine I found in a dumpster. B) Sure, the one I found isn’t as bright and shiny like a new one, but it is one that was definitely well loved in its past and will be well loved again in its future in my life. ❀

God providith things to others even through dumpsters sometimes and do I ever feel so blessed and grateful for the many useful things I sometimes find in them at my apartment complex. Even though I am agnostic, I like to think some sort of higher power is looking out for me sometimes. πŸ™‚

Conclusion

So there ya’ have it, everyone! The 5 things I am thankful for this holiday/Christmas season! πŸ˜€ I’m hoping next year will be better than the last and will bring me much more joyous experiences in my life, so here’s hoping for a better year in 2019! *fingers crossed*

What are you thankful this holiday/Christmas season? πŸ˜€

What did I do/buy this Weekend? (November 3-4, 2018)

Hey, everybody! This weekend was pretty busy, but also a lot of fun!

Also, because my finances are a little wonky this month as well, I am going to probably change the setup of my mini weekend spending logs. Instead of listing everything I bought during a weekend, I am just going to highlight a few items that I really liked that I purchased! This is going to be an experiment for this month, but if I happen to like it, I’ll change the mini spending log format to just featured items and what I paid for them instead! Plus, you guys will get to see what the stuff I buy looks like! πŸ˜€

Also, I will be omitting my $5 Friday section in my Weekend Updates because I just don’t go to Safeway much anymore to keep featuring it. \ (‘ u’) / It will make a return when I do get something fun at Safeway though during a week though! πŸ˜€

Anyway, come and see what I did this weekend!Β 

Saturday

It was the day of LOCCousinJ’s birthday party and LOCMom and I had to drive to a neighboring town in order to attend! But while LOCMom went to the casino to gamble a bit, she dropped my off at the town’s Snowline Thrift Store and you betcha’ I shopped til’ I dropped! πŸ˜€ All of the Snowlines in our area were having their big Christmas Sale and at this particular Snowline, it’s as if the thriftΒ store threw up all of their Xmas stuff! O _O I mean, who needs to buy retail when you can just go to a thrift store for all of your Christmas needs? πŸ˜‰

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Gently used fake Christmas tree’s anyone? xD

So I perused the store for about 2 hours and bought a lot of fun stuff! I even bought some UGG slippers, but to my utter shock and surprise, I looked to see if there were any fake UGGs on the market and ya’ll… The market for fake UGGs is ABSOLUTELY SATURATED. I think it’s just as bad if not worse than the fake coach purse problem. And not surprisingly, the “UGGs” I bought were fakes. That’s $5 I will never see again… V _v But now, at least I am armed with knowledge with spotting real and fake UGGs! > _<;

After shopping at Snowline, LOCMom and I went to LOCCousinJ’s birthday party! LOCCousinJ was celebrating his second birthday and when we got to the party, he was having a really fun time playing with his bubble making machine! It was great to see most of my family members in one place since we do not get together too often all in one place since everyone lives so far away from each other. πŸ™‚ For the main meal at the party, LOCCousinM cooked Costco hamburgers which tasted awesome! πŸ˜€ And when LOCCousinJ was opening his presents, when he got to ours, we had given him a dump truck that was Made in the USA and I think was made out of compostable plastic! Hooray for green toys! ^ _^

After the party, LOCMom and I went home to this BEAUTIFUL sunset overlooking the freeway! ^ _^

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I will never get tired of this! πŸ˜€

However, the sunset looked better in real life to me, haha… ^ _^;

Sunday

On Sunday, LOCMom and I started the day by going to a very aqwesome Chinese Food restuarant in my town! And ya’ll… That restaurant was ON FIRE with the food making! Everything was so fresh and tasty! Looking forward to going back! πŸ˜€

After lunch, we went to the mall in the town over since I needed to buy a few things. Our first stop was at See’s Candy for a free sample and then I went to Christopher&Banks to spend a very generous coupon! With that coupon, I was able to score two winter shirts that were 100% cotton for $14.00 even! Not bad! πŸ˜€ The coupon was the main reason I went to the mall, so I was happy to be able to use it!

After the mall, I then had to go and get some new night anti-aging facial cream at TJMAXX and I found some that was perfect! I also picked up some Bar Keeper’s Friend while I was there as well!

After TJMAXX, we then headed home. πŸ™‚

Stuff I Bought This Weekend

So here is the new column! Let’s begin!

Pencils!

pencils

So I am always on the lookout for things I can use in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and these pencils I can definitely use! I am hoping they will definitely be a hit with the kids! However, some of the erasers on the pencils do suck, so what I usually do when I find out that the erasers are bad on wooden pencils like these is that I rip the matal part of the pencil with some metal plyers and replace the old crappy eraser with a rubber eraser cap instead that actuallyΒ erases pencil lines well. πŸ˜€ I’m REALLY crossing my fingers that the people inspecting my boxes won’t take out these “damaged” pencils when I made my best efforts to “fix” them, but if they do, I hope they give the pencils to a good home. πŸ˜₯

Glow in the Dark Race Track!

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So ever since seeing this on QVC, I have always wanted my own and it is miiiiiiiiine finally! πŸ˜€ After this blog post, I may go play with this, haha. xP The great thing about this particular buy is that everything was new in the box unopened! It’s going to be fun setting up this toy, haha… ^ _^

Macaroons!

macaroons

So these little guys I just bought at Costco today! I know, it’s not a weekend purchase, but I just had to share them! x3 These macaroons are Made in France and there was like 30-40 of them in one box! And for these at this size going for $2.00-$2.50 each at any old fancypants bakery, I got a screamin’ deal on em’! They’re also very tasty and I froze them all for future snacking! x3

The reason why there doesn’t seem to be 30-40 macaroons here is because I was snacking on them today xD;

Kitchen Mat!

mat

So the other kitchen mat we had was thin and was not the most comfortable kitchen mat ever that was Made in the USA. 😦 So I bought another kitchen mat at Costco today and it is much better comfort wise! Again, not a weekend find, but a great find! LOCMom and I love it! πŸ™‚ But now that we have two of these same type of mats (one for the stove and one for the sink), we’re golden! πŸ˜€

Dirt Rug!

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Last not-weekend find would be a dirt rug I found at Costco today as well! Basically, when the rainy season arrives and even now, whenever you come inside, you just wipe your feet off on this big rug and the bottom of your shoes get cleaned off!

I also bought an outdoor rug Made in the USA that is used to wipe the muck off of your shoes from outside as well! I have been wanting this particular outdoor rug for a while now and when I finally found it at Costco again in literally at the BACK CORNER OF THE STORE, I was ecstatic that they still had a few left to buy! And snatched them up I did! πŸ˜€ A young women also came up to my basket in Costco asking where I got the outdoor rug and I told where it was located in Costco, so I’m really hoping she found it in the store. πŸ˜€

Voting

So on Saturday before LOCCousinJ’s birthday party, I went out to vote early at my local polling place! WOOT WOOT! There was NO WAY I was going out to vote during this particular Election Day tomorrow since everything would be CRAZY. So I voted early! ^ _^

And to everyone else in the United States, go out and vote tomorrow and vote often! This Election Day may be the most important Election Day in the history of our country and I would hate for any of you guys to miss out on participating in where our country’s leadership will go from here. Get out and vote tomorrow and have fun! Stay safe as well! πŸ˜€

What did you do this weekend?