A hearty welcome to our new hosts for March Fun Mondays, the Georgia Girls of In Good Company .
Their assignment for the 7th is for us to identify five things that we're willing to spend hard earned cash on and five things we'd rather steal or that we certainly regret spending money on.
It's safe to say that what we're willing to spend money on are the things in life that we value, both large and small. Here's my list:
1. Books - I like knowing that the dog doesn't even feel the need to get up and bark when the UPS guy makes his several trips per week with boxes from Amazon.
2. Self Care - regular dental visits and work done to keep my teeth in good shape (no "wooden" teeth here); regular eye exams and top of the line cool eyeglasses; pilates classes; professional haircuts and color.
3. Travel - annual trips to other countries with really good tour companies so I'll feel safe traveling alone. Just booked a trip to Sweden, Norway, and Denmark in August.
4. Pet Care - regular medical care for my old senior citizen Willie.
5. Care Giving Support - I don't do this, but I'd like to be able to afford paying for some help for my older sister's housekeeping so I don't have to worry about running two households.
1. McMansions - I'm quite satisfied with my modest, minimally furnished and gadget free home.
2. Car - the fewer bells and whistles the better--I'm happy with my little breadbox Scion xB.
3. Eating Out - much prefer cooking at home except for the chance to combine a friend's dinner out and some entertainment like a play.
4. Clothes - just a few black outfits and I'm happy.
5. Taxes - well we all feel that we pay too much. I always remember another single friend who was bewildered at her annual tax bill. She just didn't feel that she used that many governmental services and almost never needed for the police to come out on Saturday night and settle her down! :-)
So, Georgia Girls that's my splurge vs steal list. Something tells me it's going to be about the same as everyone else's!
- Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.