Thursday, November 30

The Free Lunch

People give a lot of advice about the mythical free lunch. In particular, it is often stated that there is no such thing as a free lunch. However, if you shift your mindset a little bit then you can certainly find ways to get your lunch without parting with your cash. While not technically free it certainly does change the cost equation.

What am I babbling about? I'll use a real life example to illustrate my point. A friend of mind is moving. I'm going to spend an entire day carrying furniture, boxes and whatever else has to go. In return for this help and support I'll likely have my meals provided for. Now, I realize my own time and effort isn't free, but there are times when my time and effort are something I can easily afford to give.

So, while you won't always have friends moving, there are many worthy things that you can donate your time to. Perhaps the cause itself is enough reward, and that's great, but don't look a gift horse in the mouth if there are other minor benefits available.

There are other ways to find a spare crumb as well. For example, in most office environments, there are plates of desserts and snacks brought into the office for everyones enjoyment. Who, at the end of the day, is the person cleaning off the plates for everyone? The person who ends up with a sample from each remaining dish if they so choose.

I guess I'm trying to say that if you can find ways to contribute to other people that you'll often be rewarded in kind. While it certainly isn't a free lunch, it may not cost you anything that you don't have a lot of to give. Most of us have plenty of time, energy and caring that we hold dearly when we really should be giving more away.

Sunday, November 19

Periods of Work and Income

I've been pretty busy lately. I have more work than usual and I'm even earning some extra dollars to go along with it. However, I'm a bit pressed for time when it comes to thinking of things to write about. Obviously, while worse things could happen, I don't want to suddenly stop updating my blog either.

Anyway, since the money is coming in (for the moment) and I've already written about paying down debts before, I'm just going to mention that getting each and every possible penny out of your interest revenue is also important. By coincidence, I also happen to know someone running a web site where you can compare CD rates (see the top of page tabs).

Back to work for me, my apologies for the brevity!

Wednesday, November 8

Consumer Product Packaging Meltdown

Okay, I'll warn you right up front this is more of a rant about a common shopping experience than anything else. You probably won't learn how to save any money, but you might agree with me or think this post is somewhat humorous. I'd like to think all my posts are humorous, but I'm willing to entertain other viewpoints.

So, once again, as happens from time to time, I have to pick up some toilet paper at the supermarket.

Hey, it happens!

Anyway, let's see, what choices do I have? I can go for the small pack of twelve arranged in a 3x4 flat square or a pack of twenty four in a 4x6 extra long variety. My guess is they are packaged this way to look big. You have to carry it around the supermarket like a badge of honor. Look, I've got three tons of toilet paper, I'm so proud of myself!

Then, it's time to bag it, and it doesn't fit in a standard bag. You still have to advertise to the entire world how absolutely proud you are to be full of it. Yes, look, I've got a zillion rolls of bumwad. I have so much buttwipe I can barely fit it into my cart or my car. Yes, thank you, it has taken me years to achieve this pinacle.

Please, for the love of our dignity, won't some manufacturer create an eight pack that comes in a small cube? This would easily fit in a bag. You might even be able to get away with making a package containing three layers of four, so that you can still package twelve at a time. Just, please, stop making me show off for all the world how full of it I am.

End rant.