Monday, March 27, 2017

It's time to start S A V I N G

Some may think of this a being a hard task, I think it's doable if you set your mind to it! I recently opened a savings account with my local bank and as soon as I was done and got into my car to drive home, I felt.... relieved... is this possible I thought? OF COURSE it is, I CAN DO THIS, and so can you! Many years ago, I had to save for something I really wanted (no, I didn't need it!) I really just wanted it, so I was able to save a few thousand dollars in a matter of 6 months, some of you are wondering "How the heck did I do that?" the answer is pretty simple. Stop eating out, stop and think before making a purchase and most of all if you've thought about making a purchase and didn't.... take the money you "would" have spent and put into your savings. Even if that was a $1 for a cup of coffee or $100 on that purse you just had to have but didn't buy.... just think of how fast you can save up for something. I'm sure you've seen my post about traveling the US, so now it's time for me and Hubby to get into really saving. It's funny because I was in a store the other day and I wanted to buy something and now out of habit I ask myself "Do you REALLY need that?" The answer is always NO, so I think "Good I can put that money into savings!" It's all about control and mindset. Sometimes we often feel we need this or that when we really don't, I mean it's not a dire emergency for me to have that wonton soup, I'm sure I could find something at home to eat. Saving money isn't as hard as you think and we don't need to keep up with everyone else, it's time to be happy with what you have and think big, long term. For me I'm saving so I can travel the US with the hubby and enjoy myself, and yes, while some of those attractions aren't NEEDED, it's what I'm saving up for. Have a goal in mind and GO FOR IT! *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dreaming.... of selling mostly everything and travel the US

I recently posted on my favorite forum website about selling everything and travel the US, to which I received MANY MANY responses. One major hurdle was having a "safe place" as far as insurance and drivers licensing goes and well that's finally figured out. Now the question is how do you go about selling almost everything? Of course, on my internet searches, I've come across many websites of people who have done just that! How cool! Hold an entire house contents sale - Obviously, it makes sense, so while our house is on the market we will post in free publications, local facebook groups, local Craiglist categories, with the hopes of getting people to come but that's not my only idea. I usually sell a few times a year in the spring/summer at a flea market called Saylorburg or Blue Ridge Flea Market and I make a decent amount of money but of course I will NOT be lugging my furniture around there (plus my car isn't big enough for that) so that's when the house contents sale will come in handy. Some are probably asking, what about your jobs? (Hubby and I) Well, hubby can take a leave of absence for a while and I've already talked to my boss and since he just signed a 5-year lease so, when we get back I will still have a job (I am a manager of a children's clothing store). If not, I can always search for another job which in my field isn't hard to find. For me, I just want time, time to be me, to do the things I want, to not worry about this or that and to sightsee around the US, nothing wrong with that. PLEASE if anyone has any ideas, thoughts or places to visit, comment below. I'd love to hear from you! *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

I've got something brewing....

It has come to mind a few times in previous years but this time I am pretty set on doing it. What's that you ask? Sell it all and travel the United States. YUP! you hear me, sell both my home and my belongings, get a travel trailer/camper and hit the lovely roads in the United States. I know it seems like a dream to some, but for me and my husband who've always been just OK, have come to realize that owning 2 homes (1 is rented) is just not for us, neither is being a landlord, especially when renting a home to a family member means, no profit and sometimes having to actually help pay. We're just tired and now realize we want to just GET UP AND GO! If we sell our homes and most of our belongings, we can when needed, find odd jobs to make a few bucks but wouldn't have to worry about working 40 hours a week just to pay bills but we would be able to have fun in life! With 7 grown children we think it's time to get going, enjoy life, have fun, not worry! If anyone has done this and has any pointers, tips, etc... send them my way. We're not saying we want to do this forever but we can if we want to. Having the mindset to say I AM DOING THIS because I WANT TO can make things so much easier. We would leave our jobs on good terms, so if we ever decided to return back we could get our jobs back (Hubby works for a very large and VERY well-known marketplace). Comments, thoughts? *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Tracy - Simple Time Living
My love of vintage goods, antiques
handmade goods and living simply!
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