I’m trying a new way of being a better wife, mom, and business owner. This is a tactic that I haven’t tried in the last few years.
It’s called turning off my phone during the day.
I know, wild, right?
Since my hubby wants to be able to reach me during the day, I can’t turn it completely off. I can, however leave it on my nightstand. Any messages or calls from him will still come through to my Apple Watch.
I know, you’re thinking that having an Apple Watch just defeats the purpose of the experiment, but you’d be wrong. It’s hard to explain, but my watch doesn’t cause me to look at my phone more, it actually decreases my time spent staring at a screen.
Welcome to money Monday, where I share my highs and lows from a week of money management. Join in and share your money thoughts from the week. I’d love to hear from you!
Wise Money Management
This week my husband saved money by buying a game from GameStop. He loves using Game Stop for purchases because he can easily find used games that get get reviews. Have you seen the price of a new console game lately?
The standard cost is $50-$60!!
Considering that a game can provide hundreds of hours of entertainment, that’s actually not a terrible deal. But, if you can find your game at Game Stop, it might be purchased for as little as a few bucks.
Here’s how it works:
Shop & Save at Game Stop
- Visit your local store or the Game Stop website
- Sign up for the FREE PowerUp program to earn points for purchases and trade-ins.
- Search for discounted games.
- Trade in your unused games for cash or store credit.
- Buy a discounted Game Stop gift card to use on your purchase for even greater savings!
We’ve been traveling room-by-room through the house. It has been a joy to toss, donate, and organize like crazy. I’ve no doubt that we could easily do the process all over again when it’s complete in a couple of months.
Over a decade of junk sure adds up.
Here’s the sobering bit: each of those bags of donations (so far we’ve gotten rid of a combined nearly 15 bags of either trash or donated items) represents money spent on items that weren’t valuable to us.
The bags of outgrown kid’s clothes and baby toys? I can let those slide.
But the bulk of knick knacks, impulse Wal-Mart purchases, and must-haves (that weren’t so must-have a couple of years later)?
Those bags deserve a moment of reflection and renewed commitment to only bringing into our home stuff that brings value.
How did you manage money wisely this week?