Is Saving Money too Overwhelming?

Sometimes I sit and think about how much money I’m going to need for the future, and it freaks me out. I think about how much it’s going to cost to have kids, replace one of our vehicles, and even how much money we’ll need for retirement. I feel like I’ll never be able to save enough money!  I can save and save and save, but who knows how much is enough?  What if I don’t plan for ___?  I realized that I can’t prepare for everything, so I really need to calm down and think of constructive ways to ensure we are as financially fit as we can be.

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6 Month Emergency Fund

I think it’s so important to have some type of emergency fund, even if it’s $100.  That’s still better than nothing.  I’d like to have a years’ worth of expenses saved up, in the event that we decided that we are actually going to move or one of us loses our job.

Be able to live on less

I think this is one of my greatest goals.  I think that by being able to live on less money each year, we’ll have more flexibility and be able to do more things we love.  If we can afford to live on a small amount of money, then we can pretty much live anywhere we choose and be happy.  We won’t have to worry about the economy; we’ll be set.

Keep saving for retirement

We’ll keep plugging along saving money for retirement.  Even though it may not seem like a lot of money now, in 25 years or so, hopefully it will be a lot!  Every little bit helps.

Does saving money ever get overwhelming?  What do you do when you feel overwhelmed?


Why I Should be Amish

I have a slight obsession with the Amish. There’s something about their simple style of living that just makes my heart sing.  There are numerous times I’ve thought about finding some Amish people in my area and asking them if I could shadow them for a weekend to see if I could live Amish.  I don’t think they would appreciate that too much, though! 😉

Why I love the Amish way of living

-It’s based on family and community.  Many Amish farmers live very close to each other, often helping each other raise crops and tend to animals.  I like the idea of being neighborly.

-They don’t normally use electricity and many modern conveniences, making their carbon footprint lighter.  Personally I could do without the tv, but without computer and internet? I don’t think I could make it very long.

-They believe in paying cash for everything.  They don’t rely on credit, so if they can’t afford something, they don’t buy it.

-Amish people cook a lot from scratch and use wholesome ingredients, many times with ingredients they’ve grown themselves.

-They drive horses and buggies, which is cool and doesn’t use gas (although it emits gas).

I think I’d probably do pretty well being Amish (minus the internet- I’d miss it terribly!).

Do you think you could live like the Amish?  What would you miss?


Decluttering Books

It seems as though on my many decluttering sprees, I’ve managed to miss the book case. I’ve got numerous books on there, with subjects ranging from nutrition to green living to aviation. The fact is, I haven’t read most of these books in months, and here they are taking up valuable space in my office. When I try to get rid of them, I look at the book and think “hmm, this might come in handy some day.” The book I looked at was a breastfeeding book that my mom gave me that must have been hers from the late 1970s. Um, yeah.

So I decided that I would go through my books and decide what I wanted to do with them. Some of them I really don’t want to part with yet, so those I’ll keep. But what about the books that I don’t want any more? What should I do with those? I came up with a few ideas.

Sell books on, Amazon, or eBay.

When I sell books on or a similar site, I make a few bucks in the process and gain valuable space.  It’s really easy to list books on  All you do is put in the ISBN number and it pulls up the title!  Awesome.  Sometimes the books aren’t worth enough money to make it worth my time, so I don’t bother.

Share your old books with friends

Some of the books I knew one of my friends would like, I kept back and dropped them off at her house when I was able to.  She appreciated that!

Donate books to the library or schools

The libraries are generally very appreciative of book donations, and you are helping many people enjoy the books over and over again!

What do you do with your old books?

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