We entered this summer with a goal to maximize savings and reduce spending to zilch outside of the monthly bills and mortgage. We had a dream and it inspired us to great heights of tightening the purse strings. And we did very well with it. The garden blessed us with onions, potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes. The neighbors’ nectarine tree hung over our fence to share plenty of the sweetest fruit it has yet to produce, and a kind and unknown soul sent us a Winco card for a large sum. We were truly blessed. We also walked everywhere and … Continue reading A big spend after a no spend.
Piles of ebooks free the rest of this week and on into next week. I keep forgetting to mention this but the good news is that many, many more are starting free tomorrow and for the next five days. I know school will be starting soon and we all need a boost to prepare for Fall and saving for the holidays. Just go on to Amazon.com and type in Kate Singh. Enjoy! Continue reading Books, books, books!
Well, I’m finally back to my old self. Some of you know that we were about to purchase some land and old mobile home and it fell through. We should have stopped there but we had our house on the market and had committed to our realtor for six months. We tried our hand at another home, a loan, and lots of drives in the country to explore. We were disappointed over and over and the loan was not sufficient or the owner carry situations didn’t work out. It was the confusion and vagueness of life that really took … Continue reading Time to buckle down and get creative with saving money.
I’ve been taking some time to enjoy other YouTube Channels and learn a few tricks, collect a basket full of ideas, and be refueled with fresh inspiration myself these days. I wrote some blogs recently that I took down for various reasons. I was going to change my channel (that was not the best idea as my subscribers love Coffee with Kate, can’t rebrand after so many years) and then I changed it back. This seemed to be a reflection of some inner storm brewing. I love change, crave change. Change and new things feed my spirit and make … Continue reading Embracing where we are and being patient.
Life has been filled with change these days. Life coming, life going. We took on a little pup that wasn’t wanted and later that week I put my cat to rest. I didn’t think I’d be so sad but I did mourn her for a couple days, still haven’t disposed of her kitty dishes and haven’t been as motivated to feed the strays out in the front yard. Life slowed down for two days and bugs gathered in the water bowl on the porch where she used to hang out. Then we have this new little life, Molly. She is … Continue reading Cooking in my little kitchen.
I was introduced to a new channel Haegreendal. It is based in Korea and is a homemaker recording her days and family life. It has influenced me heavily as it is beautifully filmed and edited and very Zen-like. I watched it the other night attempting to fall asleep. It didn’t work as the competition was a mocking bird rehearsing all the songs it had learned recently and then a grown cat that sounded like a lost kitten (you know I had to go out searching for it at 3:00 am only to find this adult/child cat having a fit over … Continue reading Being inspired to clean a little deeper and finding more inner peace in my work.
Ah, summertime. Summertime to us means a bounty of delicious produce and lots of swimming in any body of water we can come across. This year summer is all about my two big kitchen gardens, creating some fun for the boys, and saving money. It’s also a time of changing my patterns of working too much and learning to slow down, become present, meditate during chores, and allowing my more creative side to flourish. I’m finding that decorating my home with little odds and ends I’m finding in closets and the garage, and harvesting organic food from the … Continue reading Enjoying my days of cleaning, gardening, and being creative with a reduced budget.
We’ve created some changes in the last few days. The first big change was asking my husband to quit his second job. The other changes had to come after that big executive decision. If a business (aka household) needs to cut cost then they have to come up with ways to reduce cost in the business and without sacrificing quality…if they are a smart company. I made the decision to eliminate the second job because, upon careful observation of my husband’s behavior, I decided all this work was not good. I’m no psychologist but the man used to be pleasant … Continue reading Living on a reduced income and a no spend summer.
I am not a working parent…well, yes, I am but from home and on my terms. I rise naturally and not with an alarm, I work as I please and when I feel moved to create. I write and have a YouTube channel that generates enough money for me to say I work and be able to afford organics. But for a working parent or single parent work is an alarm, rising unnaturally and often in the dark, maybe a long commute and working for someone else doing what they want you to do. Not only that but there are … Continue reading Easy ways to manage the home and cooking for the working parent and single parent.
New little book for single income families and single parents. It will be a free ebook all week. Continue reading The Frugal Life.