Sunday, January 29, 2012

WANT MORE MONEY?: Spend Less, Get More!

THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE   THE GOOD LIFE
YOU GET TO DECIDE
Choose wisely and you can live the good live for very little

WHAT IS THE GOOD LIFE?  Well, for certain, it is different things for different people.  For my wife and I, probably the best thing in life is time spent with family.  From a retreat with my daughter, son and spouses on March 3rd at a historic bed and breakfast, The Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn, to the month long stay in a beach front penthouse suite in October, we have plans to be with family.  Last week we had lunch with daughter and grandson, next weekend we do superbowl with a son and spouse.  We have special family guests coming for Thanksgiving dinner. 
  We don't "hope" it happens, we make certain that we plan for it to happen!  We dearly love our family.  The picture on the left is of me talking with my daughter, Kimberly, my son, Todd, and my much loved daughter-in-law, Amy.

THE GOOD LIFE IS HAVING PLACES TO GO!  There are so many places to go.  There are few things I absolutely know in life, but that I will not make it to all the places that I want to visit in my life time is something I know for certain!  No!  I didn't wait until I am nearly 81 years of age to start.  I've been going places since I was 17 and joined the Navy!  In mid May of this year, I plan to make a three week cross country camping trip in the western National Parks and visiting a high school classmate in California.  Next year, I plan to drive to Alaska and also to fly around the world visiting Poland, Russia and China. 

YOU CAN NOT HAVE A GOOD LIFE WITHOUT THINGS TO DO!  In addition to planned improvements to home and lakeside retreat, I plan to build me a shanty boat this coming summer with which I can "Huckle Berry Finn" it on southern waters in winter months, not to mention a week now and then on the Ohio River at various times.  I am also having a go at writing a book, albeit, quite slowly.  I also have plans for trips on my Terra Trike.  I'm never happier than when I'm hoeing my garden.   I have things to do, thats not a problem!

IT MUST BE NICE!

I HEAR THIS SO OFTEN!  More often than not from people who are younger, in better health and who have far greater assets.  They infer that we are somehow or other blessed with riches that they have been denied.  They are only poor in spirit!  Want more money?  Let me tell you how we manage to pay for our "fun and games".  We simply spend less!  My wife Julie and our housekeeper, Donna, went shopping today.  They specifically went to Giant Eagle to buy 10 dozen eggs for a dollar a dozen, currently eggs are a $2.19 a dozen, and boneless, split chicken breast for a dollar a pound.  Before going on to Aldies, a discount grocery store, they compared prices of what they planned to buy there.  

FOOD           GIANT EAGLE  ALDIES    
Cauliflower              $2.99                 $0.99
   Carrots                     1.00/#                 0.49/# 
Celery                      2.00                   1.19
   Green Peppers          1.99/#                 0.69/# 
Half and Half             3.49                   1.79
Turkey Breast 15.98
A  Whole Butterball Turkey 13.54
       

WANT TO SAVE EVEN MORE MONEY?  Stay away from places where they sell things!  Un Huh!  Do you have any idea how much money people spend unintentionally?  It is a bundle.  Last Friday, Julie asked if I had any cash, she was running late and didn't have time to stop by the bank.  I had $41 which I gave her.  She said "Keep the dollar".  I asked "What am I supposed to do with it?"   She repaid the money and it has laid on the table for a couple days.  I haven't been out of the house to spend any money.  This is Donna and my $41

I LOVE SPRING TIME!
However, I am no longer in the springtime of my life

I AM IN MY SUNSET YEARS
Aren't Sun Sets A Wonder To Behold?

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

If Obama health care has it's way you are further into your sunset of your life than you realize. Just stay well don't get a stroke, need any major care or even drugs that relax your muscles because by law you won't get the care you got before the Obama care plan came into being. After all you are over 65. Stay well

Walt Pierce said...

ANONMOUS,

Sounds like good advice. I'll do my very best to take it. Thankfully, I do have my own insurance but needed Medicade to partially pay when I had my hip replacement.

Thanks!

Walt