It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. Time sure does go fast, and it seems to be speeding up each year.
I used to pick a single word as a theme for the coming year. Looking back in my archives here, it seems I haven’t done so since 2011. Oops!
I haven’t given it much thought for 2018, and to be honest I am not sure that I will choose one. The whole holiday season kind of snuck up on us this year, as we were busy dealing with the craziness of life and doing things like replacing my car, and sadly, also our HVAC system. Oh yes, after 20 years driving Rhonda the Honda, it was finally time for a new car.
Also, I have noticed that I tend to forget about my theme word a few months into the year anyway. Perhaps it’s just too rigid? It’s more enjoyable to take the days as they come, and not try to force so much into it, but just let it be what it is.
I do think I might start sharing here more often again though… just for fun. No sponsors, no traffic goals. Back to “the good old days” so to speak, when blogging was about connecting with other people.
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?
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.
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.
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!