So. Everything has hit the fan. You've lost your job. Your health is screwed. Something major has happened. You are freaking out. Overwhelmed. Pick a place to start. Here is my suggestion for practical, actionable works. Take inventory. Of everything. How much food do you have in your house? Pantry and freezer? How much pet … Continue reading Practical Step One: Inventory
Working on SSDI means you are limited to $1,100 a month or you lose your benefits. Losing the income would be difficult, but losing the medical would be deadly. This said, during times when I am not so bad off I try to come up with ways to bring in additional income that is unearned. … Continue reading Side gig – Sign up bonuses
Not a super sexy title and behind on the times, but I needed some time to really think about what my goals were. 2018 was so financially motivated that now, with less financial things to think about I struggled to really clarify my goals. I needed this time to make sense of what they needed … Continue reading 2019 Financial Goals
I had consumer debt (credit card debt), student loans, and a car loan. All of them charging me interest. I managed to shave years from my pay off date and save thousands in interest by utilizing this credit card hack. I opened a Discover card with 0% interest for 14 months. I then transferred my … Continue reading Debt free – faster!
Hello all! Here is what I have to say to begin week two: I miss bubble water. I love carbonated water. Doesn't even need a flavor. It makes up the majority of my liquid consumption and BOY do I miss it! Tap water. Ick. Meh, getting used to it. Freebies this week: Chick Fil A gave … Continue reading Results: Snow Storm Challenge Week Two
Like many people, I just bought my liquid detergent at the store. I would buy whatever was least expensive, use coupons/bulk shop and call it. Then I started getting involved in the DIY realm and started making my own detergent and laundry soap. What I discovered over time was that the laundry soap was … Continue reading Ways to save: Laundry and dish detergent
As discussed in previous posts I regularly do pantry challenges to keep up rotation, prevent expiration, and use up those odd ball items. It challenges my creativity, beats back my sugar dragon, and is a kindness to my pocket book. I call this challenge: The Snow Storm Challenge. I was inspired several years ago by a … Continue reading Challenge: Snow storm 2018
One cannot live on SSDI alone, so I had to come up with something I could do that would bring in some income and I could do even when I was having a very bad day and in pain. Years after SSDI was granted for other issues I developed an idiopathic autoimmune condition. I have … Continue reading Income: Pet sitting
For the last twenty plus years I have wrestled with guilt. I call it, “survivor’s guilt,” as a riff on the original meaning. I survive today because programs exist to support people with disabilities at a rate far greater than the past. Yet there is such a stigma attached to using them when your disability … Continue reading Social Security Part 4: Guilt and Shame
About two weeks ago I looked on Ikea.com and decided I wanted the Friheten couch. My friend and I had planned on an Ikea trip in two days, so I would have the opportunity to mess around with it in person and make sure that I liked it. I'm a fan of getting to Ikea … Continue reading I manifested a Friheten.