It’s time for another Non-Consumer Advocate Mish-Mash post, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that.
When Your Outgo Exceeds Your Income
I was listening to a Clark Howard podcast a few weeks ago, when a caller quoted her grandfather who was known for saying that “If your outgo exceeds your income, then your upkeep will be your downfall.” Of course I stopped in my tracks and quickly wrote it down!
Because that is freaking genius!
I immediately turned it into a graphic and shared it on The Non-Consumer Advocate’s Facebook group.
It might have to replace “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
The Best Laid Plans Lead to Expensive Restaurants
Saturday was our 22nd anniversary, so my husband and I planned a day trip to the Oregon coast for the four of us. I packed a cooler with crackers, brie, Laughing Cow cheese, homemade cookies and cut up cantaloupe. We also brought a large thermos of coffee, as well as water.
Knowing that the beach can spell iffy weather, we brought coats as if were March instead of August. It wasn’t enough. The weather was windy and cool when we ventured onto the beach, but it wasn’t until we’d walked a fair distance from the car that the driving rain began. We all ended up completely soaked and frankly, on the unpleasant side of cranky.
Because walking against a strong headwind while being sandblasted is never anything close to enjoyable.
We’d already eaten our food in the car before hitting the beach, (which in retrospect wasted twenty minutes of decent weather) and had nowhere to go that wouldn’t waste money.
We ended up driving back home and stopping at Camp 18 to try and salvage the day. The bill for our early supper came to $48, which kind of killed the whole frugal adventure thing. And although the weather had cleared up, we did not head back to the beach.
Good thing our other frugal endeavors balance out days like this.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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