Four Great Ways Ways I Saved And Wasted Money In 2009

Four Great Ways Ways I Saved And Wasted Money In 2009

Daniel Scocco, author of Daily Blog Tips, is running a group writing project on his blog called 2009 in Review. I thought it was a fun idea so here are my best and worst ways I saved money in 2009.

 

Here are some of the best lessons I learned in saving money over the past year:

 

Asking for something if I need or want it.

 

When I moved into my house, I couldn't help but notice my neighbors left a cool looking bookcase outside in the rain.

 

Maybe they were putting it outside while they moved furniture around or were giving it to someone else. Really though, I didn't ask at first because I was worried I'd look like some cheap vulture.

 

I hopped onto the Ikea website to look at pricing some options. The cost was $69 for a Billy Bookcase... and $250 to ship it. Even my cheap local options still involved similar costs and the hassle of transport and assembly. Was my pride really going to get in the way of saving $100 or more?

Too Cute Tuesday: Shelf Makeover

Too Cute Tuesday: Shelf Makeover

This week, Too Cute Tuesday had it's final installment of 'The Month of Giving...To Ourselves.' As the author of this blog, I got to go last. And the party lasted until 10 last night, hence posting TCT on Wednesday!

Originally I had an entirely different plan for my free labor but then, the Universe intervened. A few days ago, my neighbors had put out a bookcase in their driveway.

"You should totally take it." my friend Sean said. I hesitated, not wanting the first introduction to my neighbors being me as the cheap-o girl next door. I waited a few days and watched it sit out in the rain longingly. Then I marched myself over and was my usual direct self. I got the bookcase!

The next order of business was how to make it pretty. Enter TCT!

Sam sands like a pro... I'll let you figure out whether those suspended particles are sawdust from the task or glitter from our party.

My Internet Silence

My Internet Silence

Hi! I missed you blog friends. You have probably been online all week. Question is, where have I been?

Besides having a busy week involving houseguests (of the two and four legged variety) a six hour road trip beginning very early Friday morning, it was hard to sneak in work (let alone fun like blogging) without a working internet connection near my house.

I almost didn't move because of Time Warner Cable. My suspicions of hassle were confirmed as I spent the last two weeks trying to get the internet at my house, which I still didn't have when I left yesterday.

I had happily been mooching off my neighbors connection for a few days when sometime Wednesday, the connection got weak. I was able to look at webpages and update my Facebook status sometimes but couldn't seem to do things like attach documents to emails (you know, work). I was relieved that I was going to have my strong consistent connection on Thursday when the cable guy came to turn on my internet.

Too Cute Tuesday: Hanging Pictures

Too Cute Tuesday: Hanging Pictures

We're wrapping up our Month Of Giving... To Ourselves here at Too Cute Tuesday. We've been taking turns helping our regular crafters with projects around their houses. You know, the kind of thing you've been meaning to do but don't want to tackle alone.

This week, Sue wanted help hanging pictures in her guest room, which I thought sounded like almost nothing until I saw the task at hand.

Have a lot of family photos but are overwhelmed by the process of framing and hanging? Pull a Too Cute Tuesday and involve friends and cocktails...now it's a party!

The bed was covered in pictures... and there were more on the pile on the dresser. We certainly had our work cut out for us!

Sue wanted to hang a ton of pictures of her family but had no idea where to start. Sound familiar? Grab a friend and some Cosmopolitans! (Good choice, Cocktail Consultant Joe, we are classy ladies tonight.)

Marketing Monday: Sherry Stedt, Licensed Massage Therapy

Marketing Monday: Sherry Stedt, Licensed Massage Therapy

Every Monday, I focus on a person or company doing something cool to promote themselves online. Know a rockin internet marketing campaign? Let me know about it!
A couple weeks ago, I decided to start my own business Facebook page. The same day, my friend Sherry (who happened to attend a talk I did about social media and who I went to high school with) decided to do the same thing for her massage business.
Sherry's business Facebook page is proof that all you have to do to get more fans is 1) Ask and 2) Put information people want on your page. Simple...really!
By the end of the day, I had some serious jealousy issues. I had 25 fans and she had... over 100. I figured I could be petty and sulky, or I could ask her what she did and how she's planning on using it. Here's our interview, appropriately over Facebook: