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TB Articles: Living on A Budget August 26, 2009

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I may be young, but I’ve understood what it is like to live on a tight budget. Now that unemployment has risen the the economy is recovering too slowly for many people, living on a tight budget has become “the norm”.

When it comes to groceries, coupons have become wildly popular. But most of them are for name brands and those tend to run on the expensive side. Don’t be afraid of store brands. In some cases, they can taste the exact same as the name brand version but at a cheaper price. And sometimes, generic store brands have larger casings or packaging, making them last longer. Cap’n Crunch may taste great, but Malt-O-Meal has a bigger back with the same great taste. It may cost more, but you’ll save money when you aren’t buying the name brand box every 2 weeks. If you only get paid every 2 weeks and need to stretch the food out, stock up. Instead of buying 1 gallon of milk, buy 2. Instead of buying one box of Pop Tarts, buy 2. You might not be saving a lot of money, but you’re saving yourself a trip to the grocery store and whatever money you have left, that can used towards other things.

Speaking of trips, setting aside gas money for a week or two is a great way to save. It cuts out the desire to spend the money for something else (unless it was needed) and you know exactly where it’s going. If you spend $20 every week for gas, take out $40 for two weeks. Label an envelope “Weekly Gas- 2 Weeks”, and place the $40 in there. That way if you get the impulse to buy that DVD, you will know that it is to be used for gas or emergencies.

If you feel you can’t pay a bill or have problems buying food, don’t underestimate the power of help. There are thousands upon thousands of people who go through the exact same thing every single day. There are problems that are available to help pay a bill or even help with food. Contact your local Chamber of Commerce if you want to know what programs are available.

Living on a budget doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Reinventing the way you make pasta or even buy groceries can bring new ideas, making a tight budget seem less suffocating I promise.

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C’mon, give me a break! April 3, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in Animals, College, Dog Health, dogs, family, Feelings, learning, life, Pets, rant, Texas, thoughts.
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Zeus isn’t doing too well. The vet rechecked his blood (since he couldn’t find the exact problem last time) and said he had advanced parvo. And as we all know, in puppies, that’s not a good sign. I’ve tried not to cry the past couple of days but I cried my eyes out this morning. I’m so depressed and it’s so depressing. C’mon, give me a break! I can’t handle everything at once- and losing him would put me over the edge. Like it would just tear me to pieces.

Remember how I said that I didn’t feel bad for no studying when I had that cold? Who knew I could do a 180! I haven’t studied for a week (except for last night) and I felt so lost! I need to get the ball rolling if I want to understand what I struggle with. C’mon Angela (that’s me!), get your head into the game! Just a little mental Post-It note for yours truly.

“If Life’s a Journey… April 1, 2009

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… I’m on the wrong boat.”. Those are the words of Twin while I was on the phone with Cyber Guy. Frankly, I have to agree. This can’t be all life has to offer!

We consulted with a computer guru and he said that we need a higher watt on the power supply considering how it it is always on. Good point. The problem is that the one we need is $120 and we can’t afford it. Or at least not right now. Who knows when we will. Maybe May…

Zeus is still hanging on. He has a nasty bacterial infection and since the vet said that this kind is a “wait and see” infection, he has Zeus on antibiotics and a liquid diet (since he won’t eat). I feel so bad for him and I’m kinda scared- I won’t lie. I don’t wanna lose him. After all he’s been through, he has to come through this. He just has to.

Ugh. As if life wasn’t depressing enough. I need chocolate.

Nevermind… March 14, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in business, Candles, Feelings, Friends, Guys, Job, life, love, money, random, rant, relationships, thoughts.
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Remember how I said in a previous post that if everything worked out that I could possibly be selling candles? Nevermind that.

I got some information and the price of the start-up kit. Wasn’t bad. But it went on to say that I would automatically be enrolled in the “Candle of the Month” Club, in which I would be billed $40 per month (plus shipping and handling). The initial start-up package price I could handle. But my family can’t afford the $40 a month for a “Candle of the Month” deal.

Now I am at a loss on what to do. I can’t have a normal job due to medical issues. Back to the drawing board I do.

Oh yea, guess the chance of me and Cyber Guy getting together is not happening. Turns out that he may be moving to Louisiana for a business opportunity. He tried to reassure me that he would come back to Texas on his days off (I guess to see his parents). But somehow, I still felt a sinking feeling. I’m destined to be remain single for the rest of my life.

I still love candles though.

Shopping with someone else’s money! February 9, 2009

Posted by texasheartland in life, money, Products, random, shopping, sweepstakes, Target, thoughts, Wal-Mart.
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Thanks to my sister, she won a $25 gift card to Target and being our mom is sweet, she gave us an extra $20 to go with it. It’s a good thing she did- we ended up needing it!

So as you can tell, we went to Target. I had forgotten how much more expensive Target was compared to Wal-Mart! I swear that after finding a Valentine’s Day card, we walked went from one end of the store to the other at least 5 times. I could be exaggerating, but that’s what it seemed like! We already had a Valentine’s gift, a card, 2 pillows (that we later traded- you’ll see), and we were looking at hampers when my cyber guy (the one I have a thing for) sent me a text message. He asked what I was up to, I told him, and he replied with “What are you buying me?”. I said “Well what do you want?”. He wanted Cheetos and a Dr Pepper. Wait… Couldn’t you get that at the Corner Store? Needless to say, he didn’t get it.

So we got the hamper (this would be a lot better than throwing dirty clothes on the floor for the kitties to use as a litter box) and decided to look for a comforter for the bed. Now I wish she had gotten a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart. The prices at Target for comforters are outrageous! No thank you!

So we passed on the comforter and decided to just look around when I saw the pillows. The 2 pillows we had in the cart were $5 each. I saw cheaper pillows! Only $3- you can’t beat that! So I took the $5 pillows out of my basket and grabbed 3 $3 pillows. Now that was a steal! It’s like laying on air!

I think we were done after that. Well, almost. We passed the ice cream area and I asked if we could get some ice cream. I got my ice cream! So all in all, we only spent $32 with some cupcakes thrown in there.

Now I await my turn to win a gift card so I can go shopping!

Make some extra $$ September 13, 2008

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I work from home. As if you can’t tell, the only job I talk about is music promoting. Well, that and certain websites.

In a post I made back in July, (link to post: https://texasheartland.wordpress.com/2008/07/02/some-new-to-make-extra) I went into details about a one or two websites and how it works. Well, this morning I signed up for yet another website.

If you have nothing to really do and wanna make some money just talking, MyLot.com is the perfect place to visit. It essentially is a forum where you participate in discussions and get paid for your participation. There are guidelines but nothing not extravagant. From what members say, it’s tried and true way to make a little extra cash.

If you would like to join, go to http://www.mylot.com/?ref=texasheartland

If you have a website suggestion, feel free to comment with it!

Some new ways to make extra $$. July 2, 2008

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This will probably be one of my most popular posts. LOL

With this economy, it’s hard for someone with medical issues to find a decent job. Of course, I could sell stuff on eBay but from what I hear they’re buyer rate has gone down due to the new feedback system.

So I went online and searched for other ways to make money. But what to my wondering eyes should appear some really cool deals. I would take up offers on “blog for money” but WordPress doesn’t allow them plus I don’t want to blog about something I have no interest in. The next thing I saw was where you answer questionnaires for cash. What? Just answer a survey that takes 30 minutes and get $5 for it? I’m in!

Where do exactly do you sign up? One of the major ones that pays well is SurveySpot. They pay anywhere from $1-$5. I’ve seen some as high as $10. How does it work? You register with them and fill out an “about yourself” thing so they can match you with surveys for you fill out. They will send you survey invites for questionnaires from companies about different things. Some surveys and some don’t. The more surveys you take and qualify for, the more invites for surveys that actually pay. Once you receive at least $5 in your “Rewards” account, you can opt out for a check. Depending on where you live, they can arrive anywhere between 4-6 weeks. Sometimes sooner. I can honestly say I’ve made almost $150 in like 4 months.

If you want more websites to do the survey thing, I recommend visiting http://www.freesohojobs.com/fastfindssurvey.html for tried and true places.

There are also places like ChaCha.com where you get paid for answering people’s questions through a text message. I’m not a part of this because I am on prepaid at the moment with my phone.

Here is a link I found that is quite interesting!

http://www.78hg.com/2008/02/26/100-tools-and-resources-for-make-money-online/

I just want to say that even though Blogvertise says they do not accept WordPress accounts, this isn’t entirely true. Before I found out the WordPress TOS, they accepted my blog. But luckily, I closed my Blogvertise account before I even received my “task”. So if you want to do this and have another blog, more power to ya!