i am nerd, random thoughts

Muppet Memories!

We have been going through storage at my parent’s home, and oh what fun things we have found! I remember trying to collect all of these glasses from McDonald’s! These aren’t the only special glasses we collected, and I don’t think we ever accomplished getting a full set.

The Muppets were such a big part of my childhood too, we always made sure to watch The Muppet Show. The two old men in the balcony were always my favorite part. Is it any wonder I ended up with a bit of snark in my sense of humor?

Did any of you collect these glasses as a kid too?

food, random thoughts

Of Oreos and family crests.

We have a running joke in our family (on my dad’s side) that our family crest is an Oreo. It must be in our blood to love them, and of course we have to try all the new flavors when they come out. By far my favorite kind are the White Fudge covered version that only come out near Christmas. So, of course when we heard that there was a “mystery” flavor we had to try it.

Mystery Oreos

Even if we don’t win anything, it was fun to try. We have a guess as to what the flavor is, but I won’t tell you because I don’t want to ruin it. But if you have tried them I would love to hear what you think it is!! We can compare notes.

random thoughts

Quick and easy ways to save over $2000 a year

Looking at your spending as a year, instead of just a month, can really be eye opening! Things that sound small monthly can really add up. Luckily it’s easy to cut and save a lot of money. When we looked at our spending on the following items, we figured out that we could save over $2000 a year without much trouble. Here is what we did:

1. Change your phone plan. We used to pay about $135 a month for our cell phone plans. That adds up over the course of the year ($1620)! Now we pay $25 a month, for both of us, thanks to Ting. Now we just pay for what we use based on their tiered pricing. We now pay just $300 a year, that’s a savings of $1320 a year!

2. Cut your cable. This one was a bit harder for us, but with streaming options from NetFlix and Amazon, and the use of HDTV Antennas, it was really a no brainer. We cut out our cable and switched to an internet only service. Our cable bill even without premium channels had a yearly cost of $2940! We now pay $60 a month, for a total of $720 a year, that’s a savings of $2220 a year!

3. Try Ooma for your phone service. This one only saved us a little bit, at $360 a year, but that’s a nice bonus for simply changing our home phone service. All you have to do is buy the base, and pay taxes if you go with the free service (for us about $5 a month). They do offer more services with their premium plan, but chances are you don’t need them.

I’d love to hear about simple ways you have found to cut back on spending too, so please be sure to leave your tips in the comments!

healthy living, random thoughts

Slow going is better than no going

A good reminder no matter what your goal may be. Progress is progress, even if it feels like you are moving at a sail’s pace.

Snail

I am especially reminded of this when I try to go hiking. Due to my heart condition, I have to go slowly so my heart doesn’t race. Even some of the simplest of hikes now get my heart pounding… but I can still do them as long as I just keep on going slowly! And it’s always lovely at the top, even if it takes longer to get there.