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~ wendi is the author of 2 books, you can view them here, thank you.
The title of my blog gives away the fact that I live with at least one chronic illness. Now, I don’t want to brag, but I actually live with several, and as interesting as it sounds, it is not a whole lot of fun. Unfortunately I am not the only one in my family who lives with such a burden. Every person in my immediate family lives with at least one chronic illness.
As a result of all of our medical bills, we have learned to live on a tight budget. Over the years I have had to learn to be frugal and about 6 months ago I decided to put some of my frugal ways into a book, Frugal Seeds: 501 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar. It is now available in both paperback and e-book on Amazon. The entire book can be read for FREE with an Amazon Kindle Unlimited membership.
You will notice it is written under a pen name. This has been done as I working on additional books and I am determined to keep the lives of my children private. Thank you for understanding.
Sometimes we are just not able to personally remove all of the unwanted stuff out of our home. It is either too heavy, too big, or there is just too much to physically put in a vehicle. So, during my last decluttering session, I went on a quest and searched for places that would be willing to come and pick up all of my discarded treasures.
The quickest pick-up date was given by Goodwill and they were willing to come to my house and take all my stuff as long as it was on the first floor and was near an exit. Done! I set up an appointment via computer and they showed up on time and away my stuff went. In fact, it was so easy I had them come back for more! It felt so invigorating and freeing to let stuff go. Less stuff = less cleaning = more energy for other activities. Woohoo!
The organizations below are not available for pick-up in all locations, but I have provided links below for further information. These are not posted in any particular order and is it not an all inclusive list. Happy Spring Cleaning!
General household donations:
American Kidney Fund
The Salvation Army
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Vietnam Veterans of America
Disabled American Veterans – DAV
Volunteers of American
Military Order of the Purple Heart
St. Vincent De Paul
Lupus American Household Goods Donation Program
Cell phone/Smart phone/Tablet
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Secure the Call
1 Million Project
Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship
Chapman School of Seamanship
Angel for Hope
American Children’s Cancer Foundation
American Kidney Fund
Wheels for Wishes
Kars 4 Kids
Volunteers of America
Habitat for Humanity
Don’t forget to get a receipt for tax deduction purposes. All of the stuff you move out of your house to make it more comfortable and enjoyable is going to help others also live a better life. A BIG win-win situation!
wendi, under the pen name Charlie, is the author of Frugal Seeds: 501 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar
Until next time…….
If you are anything like me, you need to watch your pennies. My chronic illnesses have put an enormous of strain on our budget requiring me manage it closely. As with de-cluttering books, I have read many (and I mean many) books on how to save money, budgeting and frugality. Some of the books were a total waste of time, others have been very helpful, but the one that changed my life more than any other money saving book is, The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn.
The Complete Tightwad Gazette is not a typical book that reads like a story, instead it is based on the subscription newsletters that Ms. Dacyczyn published from 1990 – 1996. Therefore, the book is divided up into smaller articles ranging from………..should you let a bar of soap dry out before using it, how to make a volleyball net with plastic rings from a 6-pack, to a basic muffin recipe, and everything in between. Because the newsletters were published in the 1990s many of the money saving tips are now outdated and no longer relevant. Despite the book having some out dated money saving tips, I found it extremely useful. I did read the entire book cover to cover, all 959 pages, and it was the only book I have read that encouraged me to start thinking of as many ways as possible I could save us money, how to creatively use up what we already have, and make the most out of every single penny. No other book has pushed me past my comfort zone, to think creatively and encourage me to search for even the smallest ways to save…………hey, it all adds up!
Because this book has been so wildly popular you should be able to check it out from your local library. If you cannot find the Complete Tightwad Gazette, you maybe able to find one of the first three volumes: one, two and three………the later ones would probably be more beneficial. I have seen copies of her books at Half Price Books and Goodwill. In my very humble opinion, it is worth the time and effort to find a copy of her book.
~ wendi, under the pen name Charlie, is the author of Frugal Seeds: 501 Ways to Save, Make or Stretch a Dollar
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