lol, money saving

A couple of weeks ago dh created a “hatch” in our side deck to complete a repair on the clothes dryer ventilation system. I took for granted that once he finished the chore he had nailed all the boards back in place.
For those two weeks we (meaning all humans, dogs, cats, and barnyard fowl) have been walking on/over this hatch. Today when I went out to do feed and release of the critters I discovered quite by accident as I stepped around the oh so hungry Misty Georgia that the hatch was NOT nailed together.
I went through that hole like a hangman’s dummy. Ended up in a tangle of boards and thinking all at once “omgd, I hope there isn’t a snake under there” , “Not my bad knee!” “and “I’m going to kill dh and tell God he died if I can’t get out of this hole.”
Luckily I wasn’t “really” hurt, oh my pride is bruised and my bad knee took a couple of good whacks from the 2 x 6’s that make up the hatch. I’ll be bruised and sore for a couple of days, but that is good for dh because I can’t run after him to whoop that boy! LOL!
How does this tie to budgeting and money savings or cleaning? What if I hadn’t bounced? Who needs medical bills? A dozen or less nails put in the boards would have prevented the spill in the first place and we are all given to “putting off” a chore because we are tired, it’s unpleasant to do or some other excuse.
So here’s a challenge for this weekend. Identify a problem that could end up costing you money because you’ve neglected it. Whether it’s changing the oil in your vehicle, nailing a hatch shut (dh guarantees me ours will be done asap—like tonight), putting flea drops on your critters, cleaning up the spilled grape juice on your white counter top or anything. Then take care of the problem and let us know how you did.

money saving

for the duplicate for those guys who are on that list with me—and after I posted today’s tip I decided that with the holiday season coming up and everyone looking for fun things to do in the upcoming winter months I’d post the suggestion here too. Hopefully some of you can expound on it and come up with even more ways we can all be entertained for just a few dollars or free. Jan who loves live theater in OK
Saving on entertainment dollars. Just because you are striving to be debt free doesn’t mean you need to always sit at home in the dark. Get entertained! The time until you are debt free will go a lot faster. Have your date nights, take kids great places, but do it on a shoestring or FREE. My family loves live productions, plays, music, comedy acts etc. Anyone who has ever gone to such productions KNOWS they can cost a family nearly a house payment if you aren’t careful. We enjoy such productions for a very low cost and sometimes free. How? We go to local theater forum–not your big PAC productions, the small town productions, college campuses, high school events, improve nights in the middle of the week at comedy clubs and similar. One of the best productions we ever saw of Cabaret (one of my favorite musicals) was in a small room with only three props (a bed, a door frame and a set of table and chairs) at a local college. We paid $3 each to see the play and it was so well acted you didn’t notice the lack of props. One of the best comedy acts we ever saw was with complimentary tickets (free) to a local comedy club. I don’t even remember the comedian’s name but she was so funny we couldn’t breath from laughing so hard. Granted sometimes the actors aren’t polished, the sets are cheesy, but the spirit is there and quite often the shows are wonderful. So check with your local colleges (don’t forget the community ones) schools, theater forums, libraries and community calendars. You just might be amazed about how cheap a good date night (or special birthday/holiday treat) can be.