Saturday, August 11, 2007

But then, I like to get stuff for free...

Occasionally, my husband and I will go treasure hunting down by the beach at night. Tourists leave all kinds of things there. Mostly, it's this kinda cheap stuff like beach mats and water floatie things...but it's better to get them for free than it is to pay for them, even if they are kinda cheap.
Last night we scored two boogie boards ($20+ each) and a swimming shirt ($30+)
Very good treasure hunt!

I Hate Wasting Money

Seriously. Very occasionally, I'll buy a fruit or veggie that I'm really excited about and then I forget that I bought it until I see it rotting away in the crisper drawer in the fridge. And then I get so angry at myself for wasting that money.
Well, you can imagine how I was feeling about wasting $200.
You see, last year, I bought these websites as a buy 1 get 1 for $100 deal. $400 total. Immediately, I began creating my site about teaching ESL to kids ( It's been doing pretty well and I've had a moderate amount of success with it.
Originally, my husband was going to use the extra site, but then was overwhelmed since it had to be written in English.
So, in January, I was on Christmas holiday and had some free time on my hands. I decided that I was going to use the second site myself and that a good theme for it would be cheap things to do in Hawaii. I knew that we'd be moving to Hawaii soon, so I'd have awesome access to information about all of the good things to do in Hawaii. I had a particular style in mind for it, but i didn't really know how to do it myself. So even though I activated the site, I never really did anything about it.
I kept beating myself up over it, especially after we got to Hawaii and I still wasn't doing anything.
Well, I entertained the idea of trading it for something. Then, suddenly I had the idea to change the theme. I know a lot about diet and exercise and so on. I've lost 70lbs. But I always thought that I shouldn't write about that because I'm not a doctor. Then a friend pointed out that people would probably rather hear from me, who's "been there, done that" than some doctor who's never been fat a day in his life. I realized that I did have a perspective to add to the discussion. So I spent another $50 and switched the name.
Check me out:
Are You Better Off Fat?

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Festival of Frugality

I was in my first Festival of Frugality!
Check out Frugal Babe.