Gratitude, No Buy Year 2020, Winter, Activities to do in Winter

30 Free Things to Do in the Winter Months (while keeping $ in the bank)

dwarf gnome on snow

Photo by Susanne Jutzeler

Here are some of the things I plan on doing this winter season that don’t include spending money.  Feel free to add yours in the comments!

  1. Create a winter capsule wardrobe with what I already have.
  2. Find and donate/sell 100 items.
  3. Paint a room with paint I have left over from a previous project.
  4. Declutter and deep clean each room of house.
  5. Walk outside in nature.  Hike the local parks.
  6. Practice taking pictures with my IPhone.
  7. Learn how to use my Nikon camera.  Finally.
  8. Meal plan a month at a time.
  9. Learn how to make a new dish every week.
  10. After decluttering, inventory EVERY thing in the house.
  11. CVS coupon for household items that need replaced.
  12. Clean up emails on all Apple devices.
  13. Start a yoga routine with free online videos.
  14. Work-out on treadmill, lift weights.
  15. Have a spa day.  Use up beauty products that I have in my stash.
  16. Watch a Netflix series (The Good Place,  Virgin River).
  17. Have a Gilmore Girls movie fest with my daughters.
  18. Write a blog post daily.
  19. Binge watch minimalism and low buy videos to stay motivated.
  20. Delete social media apps that are time sucks.
  21. Read books on my bookshelf, then donate.
  22. Give my dog a bath.
  23. Do a household maintenance walk through. (In preparation for Spring).
  24. Have a bill-reduction day.  Analyze all insurance and utility bills and try to lower them.
  25. Learn how to sell on Facebook Marketplace.
  26. SELL 10 items.
  27. Attend a religious retreat.
  28. Learn how to get free Walmart gift cards.
  29. Order groceries online for pick up to avoid impulse shopping.
  30. Write in a gratitude journal daily.

YOUR turn.  What do you do in your free time without spending money?

Gratitude

I’m grateful for….(Thanksgiving edition)

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“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha

I’m grateful for:

  • My soon-to-be Navy Ensign son being home for a whole week.
  • A warm bed to crawl into at night.
  • A warm husband to sleep next to.
  • A hot cup of brewed coffee to wake me up.
  • The ability to walk 4 miles every day.
  • Spaghetti. With Meatballs. And Cheese.
  • A clean home.
  • Thanksgiving cooked by my husband!!
  • Grandbaby laughs.
  • Money left over from a Christmas budget. 😉

Your turn.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Gratitude

Weekly Gratitude

yellow leafed trees
Photo by Wendy Wei

“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis

This weeks’ gratitude (in no particular order):

  • Time alone with my husband 😉
  • Time with my whole family
  • My health
  • My children’s health
  • My grandchildren’s health
  • A ‘free’ dogsitter (thanks to good friends and family)
  • Hair color
  • Red, gold, orange leaves
  • Doctors I know and trust
  • Vacations.

Your turn!

Gratitude

Gratitude. It’s a thing.

Sometimes I forget to be grateful for all the blessings that have come into my life.  Research shows that having a grateful heart improves many aspects of your life.  Practicing gratitude is on my ‘to do’ list nearly every day, but sometimes I let that slip.

Here is this space, where I’m documenting my life and money, I thought I would add in something just as important, if not more.  My weekly gratitude.

Here’s what comes to mind for this week (not in any order).

I’m grateful for….

  • The sunshine that streams in my kitchen each morning.
  • The hot coffee that warms me up.
  • The warm bed that I awake from each morning.
  • The soft sheets that I straighten out to make my bed.
  • Friends who meet me for my morning walk, and of course, the ability to walk.  I never want to take that for granted.
  • My husband, who leaves before the crack of dawn to go to work to support me.
  • My sweet boy Ben, a dog who is as loyal as they come.
  • My children and their children.
  • My parents.
  • My siblings.
  • Crisp fall weather.
  • Another trip to get excited over.

Your turn.  What are you grateful for this week?  Please share.