A woman wrote me saying she was starting her “super saver” year. I loved this as opposed to a no spend year. A no spend year feels drab and like there may be some suffering involved. A super saving year feels high vibration and positively lifting from the start. It celebrates a year of building abundance and thriving in creative ways.
I am barely in my super saving year, but having a lot of fun with it already. I’ve collected old pots, filled them with gravel from my driveway, compost, and some potting soil to grow a big herb garden. We found all sorts of paint in the shed and set about painting the interior of the house making it so, so much more charming and cozy.
I’m trying to find more free paint and such on Craigslist and I joined Nextdoor to do some local bartering. I found that you can get paint at waste management and recycling centers…unfortunately, they aren’t open yet and don’t know when. Then, just the other day, Bali found a couple gallons of white paint in the back room of his work. It had been there for years and still good.
Our old library was kind enough to let us continue ordering books even though we are living in another county and I’m back to reading my fat novels.
If I can’t bring in much money tending home and doing side work, I can at least find clever ways to save money and that is worth everything!
I do have some work that brings a little income but not enough for the old man to retire. I can work a bit harder and save a bit more so he doesn’t have to work so much though.
I know that if I don’t order online or shop for anything outside groceries I will save us hundreds. I can be fastidious about water and electrical usage. We can walk everywhere thus saving on gasoline. We can eat at home, pack food when going out, and have a cafe created in the kitchen.
I’m taking a bit of a vacation at this time (as you can see, I’m not doing too well at it) and putting the big focus on my home and family. I’ve purchased a stack of Composition books to record spending, write up budgets, or make To Do list.
On my time off I’m preparing for a family/friend to come stay with us and we are thrilled as this is the first person to visit our new home since the move and quarantine. I’m planning meals that will be nutritious and filling, of course delicious and very little cost. We will not be going out unless the ice cream shop beckons us. I have stocked up on coffee, tea, plant based creamers and milks for our cafe experience. We have trails to walk, movies to watch in the evening when we are pooped, a garden to weed (I have friends that like to do those things), and a porch to sit and have our lunch.
Today I’ve been watering all my little herb pots and pumpkin patch. I’m thrilled to see everything coming up, even the wild flower seeds I threw here and there without any true skill. My kitchen garden is coming along nicely, some things won’t make it because we started too late so anything that does come up is a bonus. I purchased this wonderful oscillating sprinkler and if I set it up just so it waters the whole garden. I can turn it on and in 45 minutes my garden is watered while I do other things. But once I’m outside I love being in the yards, I putz about and feel delighted by all the things growing and how well my fruit and berry trees are doing. Even the Apricot that looked on deaths door has recovered. I know that within a few years we will have fresh, organic fruit and berries for jam.
Every year the garden will thrive more and more, we will learn how to work with the seasons up here and in time we will eat completely off our land for many seasons of the year. Everyday Bali and I look up a new root or vegetable to see if it will grow in our zone. What we can’t grow here we can grow or are growing at the old house. Hopefully the tenants will enjoy the food being grown there and take advantage of it. When the harvest get larger they may even share a bag of avocados when they hand over the rent check.😊🥑🥑
I’m a big Rob Greenfield fan and I love that we put in so many fruit and nut trees at the rental to feed the tenants and now we have food growing here. That is what I would love to see people doing, planting food everywhere so there never is fear or worry over a food supply and we can eat plenty of organics and not eat GMO’s because we can’t afford clean produce.
Another thing I’m really focused on and encourage others to do as well is getting the pantries nice and stocked. We just painted our laundry room/pantry a sweet pumpkin orange and I organized it. I now store most foods in the kitchen pantry and will work on filling up the other pantry with homemade, canned produce from my garden and local farms that have U Pick programs to save on cost.
I don’t know what the future will hold with the corona virus, future quarantines, the economy, and employment. I don’t know if another Great Depression will hit. I did have a feeling about things a year or so back and all this happened. I have to admit, we weren’t totally prepared but we suffered not. As for the future, with out getting in a panic, I’d say some big changes are coming and it will be a birth of a new way of life. It can be very good for us all, but change can be hard on some and scary for all.
What I do feel is a sense of great importance on planning and preparing. I want to be prepared the next time we have to shelter in or if there is more of this rioting and protest. It is all necessary for change and I support some of it, but I don’t always want to be a part of it. I have little people to protect and I don’t want to go everywhere with a mask and be in uncertain situations.
So, I’ve begun making a pantry list. Lot’s of dried and canned goods. Stock up your laundry, cleaning supplies, and toiletries as well. Then when sh– hits the fan you can stay home and not deal with stores.
This saves money as well. When you have a big, stocked pantry you can go months without spending. You buy on huge sales, coupon, hit the discount stores.
Even stock up on sales at Craft stores. Art supplies are a must here and for some of you it’s yarn and cloth. I have a supply of all of that thanks to some sales and some members of my channel sending me boxes of yarn.
Everytime I shop, I stock up. I went to Walmart the other day. I had a dental appointment and was free as a bird with out husband or children. I dumped off a bag of library books and I keep a huge book supply coming all the time in case we are cut off from the library again (I think that was more worrisome than not finding tissue or flour). I decided to try out Walmart hearing that they had great prices on school supplies. I’m not a Walmart fan and past experiences at local Walmarts have left me feeling like I need a spiritual cleansing, but I prayed to the sweet Jesus to surround me in light and love and I braved one in a bad area.
Surprisingly, it was clean and bright with lots of skylights, the workers looked normal and happy (must have good management at that one), and the customers weren’t that odd either. I found great deals on art and school supplies, my oscillating sprinkler, more tomato seeds, a stand up fan to combat the coming hot days, and a few items for the pantry on sale.
Now I’m really into decorating the house. But I refuse to pay a dime. I’ve been watching a decorator on Masterclass.com. She does multi million dollar decor, definitely not in the budget, but I’m learning from the gal. I also watched a few home transformations on YouTube to get more ideas. With different covers on the couch or quilts on the beds, dragging furniture out to the porch or off the porch…I’m creating something. I also scan Craigslist daily in the Free section.
Alright, well off I go to work. I’ll post photos soon.