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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1150 on: October 16, 2018, 03:28:56 AM »
Self-taught salsa evenings with coworkers

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1151 on: October 16, 2018, 08:14:21 AM »
My beautiful black suede and leather tall boots fit again.

I had gained about 20 lbs over the last 7 years due to depression, overeating, and inactivity. I bought these beautiful boots on clearance about 8 years ago and haven't been able to wear them in at least 2 years because of weight gain. I've worked hard to drop 17 lbs since June 1, and the boots fit again as of this evening (I couldn't zip them up 6 weeks ago).

I found out last week that a beloved dress that hasn't left the closet in 3 years also fits again. Yay for a free wardrobe expansion!
Congratulations @OtherJen!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1152 on: October 16, 2018, 08:31:37 AM »
...Yes, the library - although I often cuss it, since they don't always have what I want to read - so I've begun to see that as my opportunity to hang out at B&N, spend a bit on a new book and coffee and a croissant - what's not to love?:)
Being Mustachian I have a 20% discount card and I often find something in specially reduced section too:)
Wait! Is this a test or a joke or something?

Let me see, it's bad to do this at Starbucks, but it's okay if you're buying a brand-new book?

Let me be clear, you are free to spend your money any which way you want, but posting what you did where you did is hard to swallow, especially when you add the part in bold above. Glad it makes you happy, but it ain't cheap, especially compared to the library.

Where is my face puncher when I think I'm going to need it?

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1153 on: October 16, 2018, 08:55:26 AM »
Where is my face puncher when I think I'm going to need it?

Banned. RIP42 :D

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1154 on: October 16, 2018, 02:18:17 PM »
Cracking open a beer and taking a long stroll around the neighborhood after a storm has left us with no electricity and really pleasant cool air.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1155 on: October 16, 2018, 04:06:00 PM »
Goldfish are cheap and make people happy.  The "feeder fish" for under 20 cents each are really cheap.  :)


Last year I bought "$5 worth" from the pet shop to stock the empty little pond at the nursing home where my dad was living.  I got about 40 fish and saved one to keep in his room.  We named that one "Lucky". ;)


Btw, if you place a plant cutting or two in the goldfish bowl to root you really don't have to feed it.  It'll just nibble on the roots. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1156 on: October 16, 2018, 04:25:39 PM »
A flavored sparkling water. Can almost squint & feel like it's a cocktail. (Caveat, I get them for free at work) I'm a big fan of the La Croix Berry flavor.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1157 on: October 16, 2018, 04:26:25 PM »
Going for a walking meeting with someone, vs sitting at a desk or in a conference room. We're in California so the weather is perfect for this right now.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1158 on: October 16, 2018, 11:17:32 PM »
Where is my face puncher when I think I'm going to need it?

Banned. RIP42 :D
Way back when, there were facepunchers aplenty. Now they're getting scarce. I can hardly believe no one else even noticed.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1159 on: October 17, 2018, 03:26:23 PM »
High quality talks and lectures on Youtube.  Good content is soo accessible in these times.  Good.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1160 on: October 17, 2018, 08:04:28 PM »
High quality talks and lectures on Youtube.  Good content is soo accessible in these times.  Good.
True. I hear some inspiring & funny talks while working (the work that doesn't need thinking).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1161 on: October 18, 2018, 06:51:33 AM »
The cool online Amazon-Kindle-Local Library connection that my two boys use now. They download and read to their voracious appetites and now we dont have to pay late fees or replacement fees for books lost.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1162 on: October 18, 2018, 07:29:18 AM »
pre-portioned, frozen steel cut oats that I made months ago, that have been making the past few mornings breakfasts so yummy! I hate waiting for oatmeal to cook, and forgot I had these in the freezer, and have been loving a warm breakfast on our first week of winter temperatures.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1163 on: October 18, 2018, 07:40:56 AM »
Not having to scrape the frost off of my car windows this morning.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1164 on: October 18, 2018, 09:46:42 AM »
Walking my dog, especially on 60 degree mornings like today. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1165 on: October 18, 2018, 10:25:27 AM »
...Yes, the library - although I often cuss it, since they don't always have what I want to read - so I've begun to see that as my opportunity to hang out at B&N, spend a bit on a new book and coffee and a croissant - what's not to love?:)
Being Mustachian I have a 20% discount card and I often find something in specially reduced section too:)
Wait! Is this a test or a joke or something?

Let me see, it's bad to do this at Starbucks, but it's okay if you're buying a brand-new book?

Let me be clear, you are free to spend your money any which way you want, but posting what you did where you did is hard to swallow, especially when you add the part in bold above. Glad it makes you happy, but it ain't cheap, especially compared to the library.

Where is my face puncher when I think I'm going to need it?

Whoah Dicey - I never said a thing about Starbucks - here is my entire post:
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Being able to afford to stay home with a good cup of coffee - with fancy milk foam and what not, without any impact on my budget.

Yes, the library - although I often cuss it, since they don't always have what I want to read - so I've begun to see that as my opportunity to hang out at B&N, spend a bit on a new book and coffee and a croissant - what's not to love?:)
Being Mustachian I have a 20% discount card and I often find something in specially reduced section too:)

My coffee comment means that I remember a time when I had to re-use my coffee from the day before, never mind affording coffee beans and I certainly didn't even dream of a milk foamer (mine is a cool little hand operated thingie that was a free giveaway when I ordered the coffeemaker). 
So yes, I enjoy the hell out of good coffee and I am happy that I am retired and I am able to afford any damn coffee I want.

But, squeak, you stepped on my toes:) I think I should clarify my post, since in re-reading I can see that it sounds a lot worse than it is.

IRL context - I've been to B&N four times this year - one of those times was just a walk-thru to see what they had in the finance section so I could then order those books at my library.
The other three times I did indeed enjoy my coffee and even a lunch croissant for $4 half of which I enjoyed for lunch the next day.

As far as the new books, yup I bought three brand new - one I first got at the library and wanted to study further, the other is the JL Collins book which I could not get at my library at all and finally decided to buy.
The other is by a romance author I love and it was just really nice for once to hold a crisp new copy of her latest book - read it and donated it to my library.

In addition, I bought two books in their reduced, specialty edition section, one a specialty book I'd been looking for and the other simply a frivolous purchase.

The fact that I can tell you in detail what I purchased and why, months later, should signify that none of these purchases were without thought.
Let me add that the first half of this year was especially rough for me, because I was focusing on two financial goals and ridding myself of an acquired jewelry addiction - so this B&N day became the only highlight and "allowed" expenditure - because otherwise, I would have run screaming for the hills.

I've already met all my goals for this year and then some, so my strategies paid off and I actually feel pretty damn good about my MMM inspired ways.

Roughly $120 for books, coffee, food at B&N for the entire year so far - I consider that part of my annual dining out and entertainment expense - without apology.
A jewelry habit - finally kicked - yeah, I had a lot of wins this year. Maybe I should list that as a Cheap Thing that made me happy, because it cost me nothing to take part in the gazingus pin gauntlet, except excruciating pain working through the why's and wherefore's and facing bitter truths like most of us who are totally emotional about money and wrestle with an MMM mentality. 

I would say that we are all trying our best - that is why we are here. I don't mind you calling me out, I see why, but I couldn't let it stand the way it was presented. If you still feel the same way - so be it.
Maybe you are one of the lucky "I've always been frugal and sensible with my money and MMM is my spiritual home" people.
I'm not, I have to work hard at many concepts introduced in this forum and then find ways to adopt the necessary strategies into my own financial life. 

Perhaps on the surface, it sounded face punch worthy since I said "often", but what I really meant was that when I do go (which is not often:) - I often find something in the reduced special edition section as well.
That is the exact area I completely curtailed when I first started culling my bookshelves and rethinking my book purchases, which was way before MMM even existed.

I remember times in my life when payday meant enough gas for a trip to the library, a bag of pretzels and a big bottle of Coke. I would have shrieked at laying down say ten bucks for a book and there were also decades in my life when I made good money and picked up $120 worth of books without thinking, because I could - and believe me I read every damn one of them.
I grew up in a family of bibliophiles with very little financial sense - so learning that you do not spend hundreds on your favorite thing, books, even when you think you have the money was something I had to figure out on my own.

Books and coffee are definitely two pleasures in life that I am not willing to give up. Over the years I found ways to throttle my book addiction mainly via thrift stores and the library - but you will not find the latest books on the many subjects that I am interested in reading about in a thrift store and at least 40% of my interests have little to no representation in the library - that is a fact.
Maybe I'm just a weirdo with strange interests all over the map:)
I actually found that the little beach town near us has the best selection of finance books for instance - so yeah, I do my research.

My next two evaluations involve whether that B&N discount card actually paid off (it was an X-mas gift-but a renewal) and finding out if there is a way to link online to more libraries then I have access to online right now. More cheap thrills:)

Given the choice between clothing and a book - I'd choose the book.
Given a choice between eating and a book - I have on rare occasions, back in the day, chosen the book.
I am a bibliophile who has learned to stick with three bookcases - period - via the 'one in and one out' method.
End of squeak:)

Just sayin' - sorry to have derailed this thread - my apologies.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1166 on: October 19, 2018, 08:04:43 PM »
Speaking of cashmere, a cheap thing that makes me happy is a lightweight cashmere sweater at the thrift store with a hole or two in it - the perfect decadent pajama top. The one I'm wearing currently cost me $1.

I used one of my days off to go to the nice Goodwill in my city. My objective was to look for nice work jeans to wear on Fridays. I found a pair of Joe's Jeans (super pricey $156 new) in my exact size for $6. I snapped those right up along with a nice Climalite North Face shirt for 99˘. I then went to the library & got the documentary "OJ: Made in America" along with a beautiful ukelele, both of which I have for 3 weeks. For $7 & some electricity to charge my electric car, I have a fantastic new work outfit & entertainment for 3 weeks. I've been wanting to try out a ukelele & see if I enjoy it enough to purchase one. My 3 year old son has really been enjoying helping me play the ukelele. He's a not very verbal kid with Autism who is now singing along when I play the few chords on the ukelele that I know. This melts my heart.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1167 on: October 20, 2018, 12:03:47 AM »
[Big snip]

I am happy that I am retired and I am able to afford any damn coffee I want.

[Even bigger snip]
@Rosy, if you are retired, you have won the game! Hell yes, you can have anything you can afford. I know I do. But the fact that you are retired, and presumably FI, was not apparent to me in your original post. Maybe a FIRE status designation in one's profile might be more useful than the size of one's [in my case and probably yours, imaginary] mustache. Alas, there are so many variations on the theme, it might be way too confusing. Nonetheless, I think it's a good idea, but I digress...

If you are FIRE and still hanging around here, I'd guess that you and I might have similar motivations. I stay because I want to be a beacon to others, especially single women, on the path to FIRE. I was never a high wage earner and I live in a HCOLA. The path in the days of YMOYL and The Tightwad Gazette in book form was far less interactive and far lonelier. It pleases me to help others who are still learning the ropes. Therefore, your comment could not go unremarked upon in this place, especially on this particular thread. It was the words as they were written that I reacted to and not you, the person, Rosy. I congratulate you on your success. Wanna meet at B&N for coffee sometime? My treat. I think I have an old gift card moldering in a drawer somewhere.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1168 on: October 20, 2018, 11:23:16 AM »
Come on down to Florida anytime, @Dicey - you are welcome:) to enjoy some coffee in our gazebo in the garden. Sorry for all that confusion.
While I'm retired it is Mr. R. who has a couple of years left to RE.
He was/is the main reason that I am here, but then I found that I also could do a lot more for my own finances than I ever imagined possible. (we met late in life and keep our finances separate).

So presently, I am sort of reverse engineering to improve whatever is left of my financial future, but I'll officially be done in Dec 2019 - so in MMM terms maybe that should be my true FIRE date.
I do have a tough time with scrimping and saving for an extended period of time, I need a break in between. I'll be glad when I can leave off the scrimping part in 2019 and simply sail into the sunset:). Saving will remain part of my budget, I am happy to have enough money to easily save some. It is the scrimping part that I'm not OK with - but hey - it is all for a very good cause - my financial freedom.

Together we will have a comfortable retirement with his 401K and investments. Thankfully MMM saved our asses from borrowing from the 401K and other stupid shit ideas. I needed the motivation to dig up one more, small pension I could have started five years earlier - lucky for me, they paid it retroactively.

Yup, I remember the Cheapskate and Tightwad gazette fondly and a few early sites, then I found My Money Blog which I still like, although Jonathan doesn't write much anymore and if I want a good laugh, good links and quirky ideas I read Budgets Are Sexy.
The main idea I came away with from the first Your Money Your Life book was my first true understanding of compounding interest and I started evaluating each purchase from the perspective of how many hours or days do I have to work for this item?

For me and that is humbling to say, the JL Collins website and book was the last piece of the puzzle. Why did it take me so long to figure it out? I'm still secretly intimidated by the Bogleheads:)
MMM has changed my life in unexpected ways, but it is this forum that gives lifeblood to his ideas and polishes them up or takes them apart and re-invents them to fit "our" lifestyle.

... and I am totally on board with inspiring single women to pay attention and plan for their future, but I've also seen too many married ladies who never paid attention, did only for others, neglected their own security and paid a hefty price when it was too late to fix their own financial wagon.
I have had a rollercoaster life, so I don't quite fit in anywhere. A lot of poor decisions and a total disregard for money and property cost me a good 401K and a property I owned. Consequences, baby, consequences.

I'm still reeling from the reality that I went from nothing but two suitcases, just before I hit fifty, to a now comfortable retirement. Mr. R. came along and turned out to be a really good man. Slowly I fixed my financial life once more and now we have a good life near one of the finest beaches in the land. I lucked out financially only because I have decent pensions and health care for life - so all in all, I'm just fine after all is said and done.
... which, btw was the second time in my life that I started from scratch.

Some people are shining beacons of what not to do:) - and maybe, just maybe, there is something to be said for - it is never too late - you might not be able to fix everything, but I can think of a time when $200 more a month would have made a world of difference and warranted a huge sigh of relief. Now I'm saving nine times that much and still have money left over to spend on whatever I want.

I will echo the universal sentiment of, "Make hay while the sun shines" - but - it will do you no good, unless you actually invest/save 30%-50% of your income. My age and my health made it a lot more difficult to fix my financial life a second time around - the first time was a breeze - good job, good habits, but I didn't understand that you have to fight for what is yours or live with the consequences.

FWIW Dicey, I always enjoy your posts and y'all do come down to see us:) It was nice to hash it all out with you:)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1169 on: October 21, 2018, 05:42:00 PM »
Husband's friend gave us a butternut squash from his garden. For dinner, I peeled, cubed, and roasted it in a mix of butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and sea salt. Mmm.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1170 on: October 22, 2018, 02:43:51 AM »
I might have mentioned it before, but I like my monthly free Kindle book on the Samsung book deal. But I recently got an email from Amazon that they are stopping the deal. :-(

Maybe, instead of buying books, I should start reading over the books that I already have. Some might even be a surprise.

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« Reply #1171 on: October 22, 2018, 03:25:37 AM »
It’s autumn, and that means apple season. Except I live in a hot and humid foreign country with no autumn, no fall leaves changing colours, no crisp chilly air, and no snuggly sweaters.

So I did the next best thing and baked apple strudel muffins, and now a wonderful aroma of apples, cinnamon, and butter permeates my apartment. Just had a soft, warm muffin straight from the oven — delicious!

I was going to let DD take some to class to share with her classmates, but they are too yummy! And...er...I don’t think I sprinkled the strudel topping artistically enough, yes, now that I think about it, they are quite ugly to look at...I had better keep them at home and eat them all myself. :P

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1172 on: October 22, 2018, 03:54:52 PM »
Catching the train to work.  It takes a little longer, but it costs less than the fuel alone, let alone the maintenance on the car.  And I get to read.  I haven't read in a long time and am really really enjoying it, even when I do get slight motion sickness from it.

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« Reply #1173 on: October 22, 2018, 05:15:45 PM »
Catching the train to work.  It takes a little longer, but it costs less than the fuel alone, let alone the maintenance on the car.  And I get to read.  I haven't read in a long time and am really really enjoying it, even when I do get slight motion sickness from it.

Oh, me too! I'm not sure it even takes longer, now that my city is all clogged up with cars: one of my happy train moments -- I'd thought of posting that here, but I thought maybe it was more gloating than happy -- is glancing up and seeing that I'm flying past all the cars stalled out on the freeway. An eighth of the cost *and* half the time *and* I get to read my book.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1174 on: October 22, 2018, 09:06:47 PM »
We were invited to test an escape room tonight. A young man we mentored a few years ago invited my DH and I to get a group together for the test session. The young man has been helping the owner build the room for 2 years!

The room was so much fun. There are still some small issues to work out, but overall the whole experience was a blast.

I think the room would have cost $20 each. So $100 savings for our group.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1175 on: October 22, 2018, 11:48:44 PM »
Catching the train to work.  It takes a little longer, but it costs less than the fuel alone, let alone the maintenance on the car.  And I get to read.  I haven't read in a long time and am really really enjoying it, even when I do get slight motion sickness from it.

Oh, me too! I'm not sure it even takes longer, now that my city is all clogged up with cars: one of my happy train moments -- I'd thought of posting that here, but I thought maybe it was more gloating than happy -- is glancing up and seeing that I'm flying past all the cars stalled out on the freeway. An eighth of the cost *and* half the time *and* I get to read my book.

I used to commute by train for 15 years and I also loved to read. I don't take the train anymore, because my job is now somewhere else and I miss the reading. I do not miss the delays, though. Trains are great as long as you can sit in them and they are not overly crowded. And as long as they go on time.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1176 on: October 23, 2018, 03:23:39 PM »
I started getting up 15 minutes earlier each day so I can sit around and sip a cup of tea .  Tea is cheap and it makes my mornings so much better!

Right on. I used to wake up, shower and drive straight to work when I had to be there early.  They feed us for free but not necessarily the healthiest of foods. 

Now I wake up 25 minutes earlier, make breakfast which is healthy and have a cup of coffee before work.  My entire day is so much better because of it.  Even if I get 25 minutes less sleep.

Or wake up 45 minutes earlier than that, make breakfast and coffee - and then bicycle to work. Its so close to bliss that I almost don't even mind going to work. Almost. Now if I could ride a bike path with a view all the way to work I might be unbearably happy.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1177 on: October 24, 2018, 01:34:16 AM »
Or wake up 45 minutes earlier than that, make breakfast and coffee - and then bicycle to work. Its so close to bliss that I almost don't even mind going to work. Almost. Now if I could ride a bike path with a view all the way to work I might be unbearably happy.

When I was at school, from age 12 to 18, I cycled 30 kms a day through some nice scenery on quiet roads, passing this windmill:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Netherlands,_Vlist_(3),_Bonrepasmolen.JPG

At that time I didn't value it that much, although I did enjoy it from time to time in good circumstances. It was much further than if I would have visited the local schools. But I was sent to a school for children with higher IQ-test results.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1178 on: October 24, 2018, 05:22:34 AM »
Not free, but relatively quite cheap, I just bought a sunrise lamp for $25 (as opposed to the $200+ model I've been eyeing for 5 years) so that I can wake up to "sunrise" light every morning instead of pitch black darkness well into the morning. It's usually still pitch black by the time I get to work all winter.

It's cheap because it's not a SAD light, which I don't need. I don't actually mind the cold darkness of winter here and don't get depressed at all, I just find it really hard to wake up without light, so this has been awesome. It's only been 2 days and I'm already waking up without my usual dark-morning headache.

I have a Philips Wakeup light alarm clock. And before that one from Lumie. I think the philips cost approx 100 USD a number of years ago.

I really like waking up with a light rather than a beeping alarm clock. And going to sleep with a fading light. My current alarm clock also has options for the sound. When I use bird twitter, I wake up really early because the birds outside my house start long before the alarm clock in the spring (4 in the morning or so). So now I have Zen piano or something like that.

The Philips Wakeup Light has way too many buttons, I think 15 or so. I regularly press the wrong one with my sleepy head. The number of buttons is partly because it also has a radio function that I don't use. But in comparison, the Lumie had only 3 buttons. With the Lumie I sometimes changed the clock time instead of the wake-up time, because you needed to press the buttons in the right sequence.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1179 on: October 24, 2018, 10:43:47 AM »
FIRE means you don't need an alarm clock, right?  ;)


I've got the fury type of alarm clocks.  The pitter patter of their little paws on the hard floor tells me to get up now, or mop up a puddle or two later.  They're sweet & I love them, but I'd sure like to sleep in some days...

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1180 on: October 24, 2018, 11:04:43 AM »
I've got the fury type of alarm clocks.
What, you get woken up by Samuel L Jackson every morning?! :P

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1181 on: October 26, 2018, 05:34:17 AM »
Spending a few hours hiking in the local forest, at my own pace. I brought everything I needed and didn't feel anxious about anything.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1182 on: October 26, 2018, 12:13:08 PM »
Re-truing my bike wheel. Maybe even replacing a spoke if necessary. Buy a bundle of spokes and they last forever. Anyhow a task that is very thoughtful and calming.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1183 on: October 26, 2018, 12:38:25 PM »
Re-truing my bike wheel. Maybe even replacing a spoke if necessary. Buy a bundle of spokes and they last forever. Anyhow a task that is very thoughtful and calming.

My DH has the same idea about doing this.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1184 on: October 26, 2018, 02:17:03 PM »
Tea, popcorn, and Netflix with my 3-year-old on a rainy afternoon.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1185 on: October 27, 2018, 01:16:23 AM »
Spending the evening home alone, laying on the sofa, nice melacholic music on, tempered light and reading the last hours of my book.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1186 on: October 27, 2018, 05:04:39 AM »
My four-year-old’s logic. A few days ago she told me she wanted all of us to live with grandma when we repatriated. Great! She’s frugal and she loves grandma, right? Nope. I asked her why and she said, “Because grandma has a big bathtub.”

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1187 on: October 28, 2018, 01:36:52 AM »
A long walk tbrough the forest with my wife this afternoon.  Blissful.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1188 on: October 28, 2018, 03:04:07 AM »
Realizing that I live in modern times - I found out by electronic means that my train is an hour late before I got out my chair to walk to the station.  Now I can read some more. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1189 on: October 28, 2018, 03:04:29 AM »
Roses. A big bunch of Souvenir de Mme Leonie Viennot, grown from a cutting taken from an abandoned garden a few years ago. They are so beautiful.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1190 on: October 28, 2018, 02:26:56 PM »
My walk in the forest this morning. Late in October with vold, but sunny weather. It felt like pure medicin against whatever difficulties I might have.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1191 on: October 28, 2018, 06:24:27 PM »
Guacamole, because really, what more do you need? Oh, and chips to help facilitate the guacamole eating.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1192 on: October 28, 2018, 07:16:54 PM »
Art books from the library sales, all softcovers for $1 and hardcovers for $2. It is always worth the trip downtown for me, invariably I find books on my wish list as well as a surprise or two.  My favourite art books in my collection were found there.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1193 on: October 29, 2018, 06:14:21 AM »
Finding flowers in the garden even after waking up to snow on the ground.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1194 on: October 29, 2018, 06:34:53 AM »
My old dog still having the energy to go for a walk in the woods twice a day.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1195 on: October 29, 2018, 07:12:26 AM »
My friend with advanced cancer celebrated another birthday over the weekend, and the current meds seem to be controlling the disease really well.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1196 on: October 29, 2018, 09:17:45 PM »
My friend with advanced cancer celebrated another birthday over the weekend, and the current meds seem to be controlling the disease really well.
That is wonderful.


Over the weekend we went to a state park with my annual pass. I’d pay for a pass even if we didn’t use it, just to support the parks. Day of hiking that I paid for over 6 months ago. Perfect weather and good times with DH and the doggo.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1197 on: October 30, 2018, 11:07:11 AM »
Swimming in the river in our village.

Erma - you posted this a long time ago, but I took a vacay to Switzerland this year and I envy you! The rivers and lakes looked so inviting - as if they weren't even real, like Disneyland or something. What an unbelievably beautiful country. In fact, when the jackpot for a lottery in the US was $1.5B recently, the fantasy I kept returning to was escaping to a Swiss mountain village for a few months and just breathing that air.

Free thing I enjoy - I am crazy for the fall colors on a sunny cool day this time of year.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1198 on: October 30, 2018, 06:22:34 PM »
Leaving work after a really stressful day to run a company errand. Normally I'd be irritated to have to drive across town to pick up one tiny item, but today I was really grateful to get out and see the lovely fall foliage and listen to my (free from the library) audiobook.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #1199 on: October 30, 2018, 10:41:02 PM »
Getting into bed that's been warmed up by a heated mattress pad on a cold night!  Should have bought one years ago!