Ways to live frugally while enjoying life

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How To Save Money Using The Ibotta App

How To Save Money Using The Ibotta App

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclaimer for more information.   I have been using Ibotta for the past year and have saved lots of money with it. I am going to walk you through the bests ways to use this app, […]

Dual Purpose Products

Dual Purpose Products

Who doesn’t love a product that you can use in more ways then one?! Not only is this the minimalist side of me, not wanting to have loads of items when when one product does the trick, but it also saves money not having to […]

Minimalist Emergency Supplies

Minimalist Emergency Supplies

With the remembrance of 9-11 today and all of the natural disasters currently in the news it sparked the thought of what a minimalist would need in the case of an emergency.  I know that every emergency is different so I am sure that there could more items you might need depending on the situation you are in.

  • Water-

    Keep enough drinking water for at least four days. If you are on well water and have enough warning you may want to think about filling up your tub to help you flush the toilet or just to have extra water. I also fill up my tea kettle with extra drinking water.

  • Food + can opener-

    Just like the water I would keep enough food for at least four days. Try to think of foods such as can food or protein type bars. Be sure to have a can opener to get into those can food items. Also, remember that food needs to be able to be edible without electricity and if the power is out you won’t want to be opening up your fridge because you will want to keep it as cold as possible.

  • Keep your gas tanks full-

    As if we need more reasons to not drive on E, but when an emergency hits power could be out making filling up your gas tank impossible and making it hard to get out of town if necessary. This is a simple way to be prepared.

  • Flashlight, radio, batteries and candles-

    You might want to keep a heavy duty flashlight and extra batteries to that flashlight in a place that you can easily find. Also, have multiple candles with lighters to light in bigger rooms to help bring a little light to areas where you need to get around safely. You might want to think about keeping a flashlight in your car too.  A radio may be your only way to get news and information regarding your situation. Always use candles safely.

  • Medication and pet supplies-

    If you take medications or have a pet, I would recommend having enough supplies for at least four days.

Just remember that food and water are the most important aspects of this list. I have personally been without power for over 7 days and at that point you get creative with showering and food. If you know that a storm is approaching, it might be a great idea to turn up the refrigerator and freezer to get it as cold as possible. This will hopefully keep your food cold enough if you lose power so that it doesn’t go bad. Now is a great time to meet your neighbors, if there is an emergency don’t forget check on them and help if you can.  Remember cell phones could go out and roads could be undriveable. So with those things in mind, be as prepared as you possibly can.

If you guys have any suggestions of emergency items I would love to hear, comment below!

Thank you for all those who served during 9-11 and for those who lost their lives.

What’s In My Hospital Bag?

What’s In My Hospital Bag?

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclaimer for more information.   Probably about 3 months before I was due I started researching different items I should be packing for my hospital bag. I was reading blog posts, watching YouTube videos, asking family […]

10 Ways to Live Eco-Friendly

10 Ways to Live Eco-Friendly

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclaimer for more information. Living eco-friendly has become more of a popular concept. The whole idea of green living is to reduce the amount of waste and energy you use. I am the first one to admit that […]

Tackling Those Tough Areas: Paperwork

Tackling Those Tough Areas: Paperwork

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Today I want to talk about how to apply what you know about minimalism from my last article, which you can find  here and start living this out today.

Now most of us are running from one place to another. Trying to do grocery shopping or making it to the gym on top of working all day and running the kids around. You might thinking, “ya right Sarah, living like a minimalist isn’t going to solve these issues”. Thats where your wrong… intentional living is making a conscious decision to choose how you want to spend your time and energy. This is your choice! Life can be hectic but its a mindset which also goes into sorting through the distractions and focusing on what is truly important to you!

So lets begin to get your home set up the way YOU want instead of letting everything run you. If you’re feeling rushed for time set your timer for 10 minutes and just focus on one area for this short time! For me my biggest struggle has always been paperwork. It takes no time at all for all the papers to start to taking over.

Here are a few ideas to help get that paperwork sorted and organized.

  • I highly suggest having two organizing bins…
    • File bin or cabinet- important documents: This is the FILE BIN I use!!
    • Small type bin- for papers you need to save just for a short time: This is the PAPER TRAY ORGANIZER I use!!
  • You should have three piles…
    • Toss
    • Keep
    • Need to handle (aka pay a bill or call on type mail)
  • Keep all documents in your phone if possible.
    • example- appointment cards- I just put it right into my iPhone calendar
    • I take photos of things instead of carrying a piece of paper around and if its important I will either star it in my photos to go into my favorites or email it to myself and save it in a folder on my email.
  • As far as email goes I have my statements emailed to me and I save them in a folder in my email. So once I pay them I can easily delete them.
  • Also I use an app for my budget verse paper called Every Dollar and I actually put on that bill when they are due and how much I paid and when I paid them.
  • When you pick up the mail from your mail box sort it right away and throw away what you don’t need. Open the mail you are keeping right away and decide what you need to do with it (refer to three piles above).  This is when the file bin and the smaller bin or sorter comes in handy. Remember most papers you don’t need to hold on to for very long.
  • As far as magazines…I used to keep every magazine…I was a magazine hoarder! Now honestly I don’t have subscriptions to magazines anymore because it was just to much and to me the money wasn’t worth it. That isn’t saying that if I’m in the grocery store and see a great Real Simple Magazine that I am interested in that I wont buy it…because I will! I like to have paper in my hands to read. I get tired of reading off my phone. I ended up going through all my magazines and I took photos of the ideas I loved and saved them in my favorites in my photos and I recycled all the magazines and got rid of all the clutter! Sometimes my mom will pass magazines off to me and I will actually give myself a deadline to read it by because I know I have this habit of collecting.

I think the biggest thing to paperwork is taking the time to tackle the papers all over the counter or the large pile you have on your counter. Pay the ones that need to be paid, file the ones that are important to save and shred or toss the rest! I really think that with these tips you will be on your way to getting the paperwork under control and living more intentional.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments below!