What They Don’t Tell You

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Even though I’ve only just started this blog, I’ve taken a brief break. Several things led me to this completely unintentional break. But the most relevant cause was something they don’t tell you about. They? They who? Well, the people who run similar blogs to mine. You know, the “search for a happier life” blogs. And what’s that thing that they don’t tell you? It’s hard. Sure, some of us tell you that little tidbit of info. But I’ve been following many blogs like my own for years now and most don’t tell you that. They don’t tell you that this ride gets depressing. And about all the regrets you face because you start to realize that your “unhealthy” life was easier.

But I’ll tell you this much: it’s worth it. I’ve been facing a lot of doubts about this journey I’m taking. I knew it’d be difficult finding a new job especially after willingly quitting my last one. But I didn’t figure I’d be unemployed 3 months later with my credentials. And I know, it sounds like I’m mindlessly complaining. I’m not. I’m just letting anyone who’s considering doing this too that it’s not easy. It’s a lot of work. You have to find ways to cope when you previously had the means and finances to take care of your problems. You have to scavenge and find other resources even when your problems are mounting higher and higher and it starts to look hopeless. But it is worth it.

I haven’t found as many resources as I would have liked to by now. But I can tell you that I have grown in ways I never thought I would. The extra time on my hands has allowed me to learn so many things about myself and life in general. I’ve been able to spend a lot of valuable time with my fiance and grow our relationship in ways I never thought possible. I’ve been able to really plot out my dreams. And I’ve been able to find the flaws in my plans through experience, thoughts, and the help of others. The latter is a big thing in my life now. Being nearly resourceless now, I’ve learned that sometimes you have to ask for help. And you learn that most people are willing to help.

So, do I regret my choices to find a happier, healthy life? Sometimes, yes. Because sometimes it seems too hard. But do I find it equally worth it? – The knowledge I’ve gained, the experiences I’ve had, the love I’ve found? Yes. It’s every bit worth it.

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Heating Source: Is it Really Frugal?

I tend to scroll through Pinterest a lot to waste some free time on my hands with hopes of maybe finding something cool or interesting – either for my own stored up knowledge or something I can share here. Well, as I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day, I came across this little homemade lantern to use as a heating source:

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Now, on the Pinterest post, it said “Use this to heat your home for $0.04 an hour.”

This seems pretty dang frugal at a glance right? I mean, it’s homemade, and $0.04 doesn’t seem like much at all. But how frugal is it really? So, I decided to sit down and do some math to figure it all out. And this is what I came up with.

Price of one lantern per hour: $0.04

Price of one lantern per day: ($0.04 x 24hours) = $0.96

Price of one lantern per month: ($0.96 x 31days) = $29.76

Now this seems pretty cheap right? I mean, where else are you going to find a heating source for just $30 a month? But wait… this is for one lantern. Unless you live in a tiny studio apartment, this is so not going to heat your home. So, I did some more math to decide how much this would cost for a typical everyday family. And this is what I came up with.

3 bedrooms + 1 kitchen + 1 livingroom + 2 bathrooms = 7 rooms total

1 lantern per room x 7 rooms = 7 lanterns

Price of 7 lanterns per month: ($29.76 x 7lanterns) = $202.32

So, heating with these lanterns in a typical 7 room home, it’d cost about $202.32 per month! I don’t know about everyone reading this, but my heat bill is nowhere near this. Now, my town lumps our water and gas bills together and I’ve never seen that one bill run more that $190 per month. So, only heating my home costing around $200 seems like a lot to me. This isn’t frugal at all it would seem. And what if your house was made of rather large rooms? You’d need more than one lantern per room! This could get so pricey. So, when something seems frugal, it might just pay to do some math and determine if it honestly really is.

What a Surprise!

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As I mentioned in a previous post today, I’m not bringing in a lot of income at the moment. It’s a bit unfortunate, but a small price to pay for some time to find myself. So, I’m having to live a lot more frugally that I was already used to doing. It’s a bit of an adjustment. However, every once in a while life gives you lemons. Like, seriously. Lemons. And by lemons, we all know that I totally mean opportunities.

I was scrolling through my emails earlier today when a new one popped up in my inbox. It was from Paypal. “You’ve got a Paypal balance. Don’t let it go to waste!”

I thought “What?! I don’t have a Paypal balance. I haven’t had a Paypal balance in god only knows how long.” So, I got curious and signed into my Paypal account. And sure enough – there was a balance. It wasn’t much. $1.00. But it was there and I have no idea how it got there. But who cares. When you’re living a life as frugal as I am right now, a single dollar is like winning the FREAKING LOTTERY! Though, most people would probably say “So what? What can you do with $1.00?” Well, I’ll tell you my friends.. you can do a freaking lot with a single dollar. Just go to e-bay. There’s a load you can buy there for well under $1.00.

So, I took my 1 single lemon to e-bay. And I purchased three items. Three items that I’ll easily turn around and sell for $3.00 each. So, I took my $1.00 gift from nowhere and turned it into $9.00. See… life gives you lemons sometimes. You just have to know how to use them.

Ditching the Job

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Like many of you, I’ve been working a dead-end job. That is, until I ditched it a few weeks ago. Now, I know, most of us can’t afford to just up and quit their job. We have bills and responsibilities that only money can take care of, unfortunately. So, no, I’m not here to tell you to quit your dead-end job like I did. That’s not the point of this post.

So, what is this point of this post? The point is to give you a guiding example on how to take back your life! For several years now, I have felt like my life was locked up in a box and I didn’t have access to it. But rather, other people were controlling it in various ways. And one of those people was my boss. Now, don’t get me wrong. He was a great guy – very helpful. But I felt so buried under everything he was constantly having me do – not to mention consistently adding more and more responsibilities – that I felt like I’d lost what essentially made me, well, me.

So, just a couple of weeks ago, I ditched my dead-end job. And I have to tell you, I can’t remember a time I was this happy! I don’t currently have a job – which means I’m not bringing in a lot of income at the moment. So, like I said earlier in the post, don’t go quitting your job like I did. I got lucky – I have people to help support me until I find another job. Which I am looking hard for. But since quitting my job, I feel like I can grasp life again and re-obtain all the things that made me who I am.

And that’s basically what this blog is about – me rediscovering myself and taking my life back. And hopefully all of you will learn something from me.

The Beginning!

So, you want to ditch your dead end life, huh? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve only just begun ditching mine. And this blog will follow me through regaining what makes me happy in life. And hopefully you can learn from me and rediscover what makes you happy too!

Making the best life for you!