September 1, 2014

Getting organized

I spent most of this morning before work crying and freaking out because my to-do list was too big and I was all burned out. And as a result I made myself more stressed and my list did not get smaller or more manageable. This is a daily routine.

I'm a big fan of the "Edit your commitments" series on zen habits. I believe in minimalism. But I'm still finding myself overwhelmed with projects and tasks and work. I can't find time for myself or my family in this chaos.

I've talked about getting organized a lot before. And I've given up a lot.

I'm here to give it another shot. Small steps.

The first step? Work lunch. I spend 3 hours a week combined packing my lunches, sometimes 6. I don't want to buy food (too expensive and unhealthy). So I'm going to pack a weeks worth in one day. The goal: in under 2 hours. Hopefully even one. These lunches are going to be vegan, healthy, and filling. Each one will have a salad, a sweet and an entrée.

Wish me luck.

What have you done to organize your life?

August 21, 2014

Why Millionaires Ride Bikes

Well, once they became millionaires they probably stopped. But seriously - riding a bike instead of driving can save you thousands of dollars in just one year.

I'm a wee bit obsessed with money lately - supporting my family on one minimum wage job with no government assistance and a plethora of medical expenses has caused that. And I'm very aware that biking isnt feasible for everyone.

But, it's definitely worth considering.

In one month, including insurance, gas, maintenance and repairs our car costs us about $300. That's not counting how much the car cost to purchase (we payed cash - so if you have a car payment yours is probably even higher), change the title, and get me and my husbands license. ($900 total). Then there's new tags every few years, new tires, etc.

Cars are fucking expensive.

On the other hand, a bicycle (a good one) costs $300, then get a basket to attach to the back for running errands or carrying groceries (or a trailer for your kids) - $75. That bike will need less than $100 in maintenance a year. And it will last at least ten. Broken down, that's less than $25 a month. Significantly cheaper than a car.

For young, single people, students, parents even - this is very feasible. For long trips carpool with a friend - just give some gas money over.

What do you think? How much money could you save riding your bike to work?