Yellow Long-Johns and a Good Book

Real Estate Agent with Knipe Realty NW

I recently read an article titled "101 Ways to Save".  I am sure that we all agree that saving is a top of mind concern to perhaps every person within the United States.  I found that the article was a good reminder of many things that we already know: wash your clothes on the cold cycle, credit card rebates, shop at Goodwill and consignment stores, replace your old windows...

We have been fortunate to live in society full of wealth with the opportunity to have many things.  There are cultures that are thankful for a single pair of shoes where many of our closets contain many pairs.  Other cultures are thankful to get a single bowl of rice for dinner where we are compelled to have at least 3 items on our plates.  In reading this article I was drawn to the thought that many of us have the "don't rock my boat" mentality (me included).  We fear giving up our modern conveniences and therefore do not save nearly as much as we could.

•·         What if we did cancel cable TV and read a book or play board games instead?  Would our families ultimately feel more fulfilled?

•·         What if we did throw on a pair of long underwear under our slacks and turn down the heat?  Would it be miserable or would we have the chance to tease our spouse about cold feet?

•·          Why not spend some time on Saturday morning to clip coupons and plan our weekly meals?  Would our week go more smoothly because our evenings have been thought out ahead of time?

•·         What if we used our cell phones for emergencies only?  Would we get more accomplished by lack of interruption and become more organized because business calls actually take place at our desks?

•·         What if we looked at those around us and worked within the barter and trade system?  Would we have a closer bond with our friends and neighbors by appreciating their individual qualities?

In a perfect world, what would you do differently and how would it affect your lifestyle? 


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Lori Isaacson
Credit Restoration Consultants - Plantation, FL

When reading this, it reminds me of the simpler days. One thing I do regularly is turn off my cell phone when I am at home. You would be surprised at how many people ONLY try me on the cell phone. It makes my days in the house much quieter. It is not like they do not have my home number, they just do not think to use it. So turn off the cell at home and you will surprised at how quiet it can be.

I also do not travel with a laptop any more. In reality when I am away anyone who needs me knows how to reach me by phone. I say, "How important is it anyway"????

Happy Monday!!


Oct 27, 2008 08:55 AM #1
Evelyn Panning
Property Connections Realty Inc. - Alturas, CA

I think back to being in high school -- not only were we without cell phones, I-pods, text messaging -- but we didn't have computers.  We didn't have electric typewriters.  All my typing was done on a manual typewriter -- I had very strong hands back then.  We survived nicely without all the extras.  Television was in black and white, transmitted over the airways (we had those nasty old TV antennas on the roof then) AND TV was FREE -- we didn't pay for cable or satellite.  We didn't have VCRS, CDs or DVDs.  We only had about 8 TV channels to choose from.  If I cancel my TV service I'll save $50 per month.  But, I don't like changing my routine -- dog gone it -- YOU ROCKED MY BOAT !  :) ~ Evelyn

Oct 27, 2008 09:22 AM #2
Linda Lipscomb
Linda Lipscomb RE/MAX Lexington Henderson County TN - Lexington, TN
731-695-1118, Lexington TN Homes

Back to basics.

Not sure I am ready to go there.

Somedays I yearn for the simpler things in life.

Have a great week.

Oct 27, 2008 09:22 AM #3
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