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Labored Decisions Over Traveling on Labor Day…Have fun without high costs!



Gas prices have dropped some, groceries not so much. Going out to eat is still expensive when you roll everything in the expenses category. Back to school expenses are adding up and paying interest on anything is too costly these days especially if you want to put a vacation on the credit card (which I don't suggest anyway).  So what do you do for a fun long weekend without feeling the labor of the expenses?  Well, the answer might not be the fanciest ones but it will give some alternatives.  The summer has gone by fast and you probably didn't get as much done as you wanted to do so this might be the opportunity to do some of the fun things you wanted to do or see people you haven't seen. Here are some ideas to save some cash and have some fun. 
 
Decide if you want to spend money on gas or lodging.  A trip to some relatives where you can stay at their home and have a gas only expense might be a good trip that will save lodging money and then pitch in for the meals that everyone can make together. 
 
Another alternative is staying close to home and spending money on some fun places around your city…try making a "passport of fun" where your family goes to some fun spots around your city, some free and other destinations that charge admission.  This could range from the movies, ice cream, or a day at the park with a picnic, an amusement park or the zoo.  Make a passport book that gets a sticker or stamp when they reach the destination.
 
Want to go camping but the campgrounds are full and the gas would be too expensive?  Try finding a camping spot close to home or really close to home in your own backyard.  Don't just make it a camping trip but a nature experience as well by having a nature hunt by finding things on a list you created and taking pictures of the item on the list when they find it. 
 
Carnivals are always fun and you can make your own and invite others to come your way.  Have a get together with friends in the backyard where everyone brings a part of the meal and an outside game. 
 
It can be a great weekend to see others you haven't seen for a while and weren't able to get together with over the summer or just enjoy family time with some fun inexpensive excursions! 
Let the last weekend of true summer fun be fun without the stress of spending money you don't have…do what you CAN not what you can't!

posted on: 8/20/2008 11:30:00 AM by Triste Horrell
category: Finances


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If Your Money Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy


by Triste Horrell

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About Triste:

Being an organizing expert makes one want to be a "showroom" in all areas of life. However reality can hit hard when you're a mother of small children and a military wife and own an organzing business. Of course Triste would like to have a picture perfect Better Home and an even Better Garden. Throw a Pottery Barn in the backyard for exceptional creative time to become the wiz-woman for all the ideas and inventions that the world could not live without. But Triste has settled on the fact of telling herself "I can be perfect in my mind and no one can mess up my space there!" In reality Triste is very self-motivated and has true business accomplishments like having SYSTEMIZE since 1997, the first home and business organizing firm in the state of South Carolina. She has been repeatedly recognized in her Greenville, SC area for her organizing expertise and makeovers on local NBC and FOX news, Greenville News, local magazines such as Greenville Magazine and Upstate Parent and NPR radio. She has turned people's lives around by focusing on what she calls the "four building blocks of being organized" consisting of space, time, financial and personal. This is even represented in her business logo. "That's what I'm in business for, turning people's lives around!" Also applying her popular 3 Steps to Systemize have not only organized her clients but KEPT them organized for years.

Triste's Website:

www.systemize4u.com


Downtime Activities

  • Reading Magazines
  • Spending time at our cottage
  • Keeping our Westie pretty
  • Putting tealights around after the kids are in bed
  • Adventures with my awesome hubby
  • Making microwave smores...just for me
    1 graham cracker, broken in half 1 small piece of chocolate 1 big marshmellow On one side of cracker put piece of chocolate and marshmellow on top. Place in microwave and heat for approx. 17 seconds (while cooking replace marshmellow on top of chocolate if needed). Put other half of cracker on top, eat and enjoy and watch out for oozing chocolate!

My Organizing Tool-Box

  • Time - Outlook
    This is a great way to keep papers off the desk and track where you need to go, task list, jot down quick notes on the virtual "post-its, keep up with contacts in the virtual Rolodex
  • Personal Finances - Quicken
    This simple yet practical program keeps your bank accounts in tact...did I mention simple?!
  • Business Finances - QuickBooks
    I have used this program for years and have set many clients up on it. It is a must for keeping track of business transactions and keeping tax time easy...push a few buttons and out come the reports, your done and your tax preparer loves you.
  • Space - turntables
    I love these things! You can put them in cabinets, the fridge, garage, and closets. They are inexpensive, easy to find and available at any discount store and you can even find fancier ones. If you are not sure what they are, they are the white (or other fancier kinds) and spin around like a lazy susan, you can have a single or double-tier one for spices.
  • Personal - Magazines and Internet
    I love to look at magazines and the internet for good articles on personal development, pictures for decorating inspiration and fun projects to do with my family. I keep my magazine subscriptions to a minimum (3) so I can read them and enjoy each one. I look for things on some of my favorite websites for whatever fancies me at that time.
  • Online Recipe Boxes
    Use these on some of your favorite websites, bring the laptop into the kitchen while the recipe is up and you never have to have the paper clutter. One of my and my husbands favorites is Williams-Sonoma.


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