I first got into debt at the age of 16! Almost 15 years later, I had finally come to the conclusion that debt isn’t necessary. I know it sounds common sense but millions of people haven’t grasped this concept. And, though we are constantly inundated with news that it is necessary—it isn’t. I didn’t consider my debt as bad as the average person, but it was still debt nonetheless. Unfortunately, inexperience and a series of poor financial decisions taught me that hard truth about the importance of financial management.
Food can be expensive! Particularly quality foods like organic, non-GMOs, wild caught or naturally grown. Of course, we want to eat right to be healthy, but it can be difficult when, say, one avocado cost the same as bus fare. Money today certainly doesn’t stretch as far as it did when I was growing up. It seems like every week my grocery bill increases though my shopping habits haven’t changed. Most of us aren’t fortunate enough to shop price-blind so we must be creative in getting the biggest bang for our buck. Here are 10 of my thrifty ways to save on groceries:
For years I’ve followed societal rules of doing what is “right” even though deep down it didn’t feel right to me. I always thought that feeling would come later once I achieved this or did that, but it never came, and the feeling of discontent grew.
After high school, I was emboldened to conquer the world by becoming certified to teach English and traveling abroad. I, instead, went to college because it was safe and that’s what you’re supposed to do, right?!? With a college degree while living in a major city I should be able to get a good job and begin the fun-loving life I’ve always envisioned. Ha! Reality contradicted my expectations in a big way. Yes, I got a job (not in my field mind you), but I could barely afford to pay my meager bills let alone live the full life I envisioned.
So, what do I do? I listened to society when it said, “Now is the time to buy real estate.” After the purchase, reality let out a nice big guttural laugh and said, “The housing bubble just burst and your mortgage is underwater.” Great! Now what? I decided to give up my property because it wasn’t just a headache, but a full body ache.
It is said that if you find a penny face up it is good luck, and a penny face down is bad luck. But, to me, they are both lucky because I am now one cent richer! Yes, I am the person who picks up random coins that have gone unnoticed or unwanted. I know the value of money no matter how small.
The world can seem downright cruel. We’ve witnessed so many tragedies recently from unprecedented hurricanes throughout the Caribbean and United States, large-scale forest fires, flooding in Asia, landslides in Sierra Leone, earthquakes in Mexico and so much more.
HI. I'M AWET.
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