Being Thankful, Even When You’re Not Where You Want To Be In Life

Being thankful, even when you’re not where you want to be in life can be hard. Life can be tough, and for some even tougher than tough.

Ever wonder, “What the heck do I have to be thankful for?” “Nothing ever goes the way I want it, no matter how hard I try or how hard I work at it.” Feel like you just want to give up? This is me, and my life! Living like this can get pretty depressing and add a ton of stress to your life!

Then I have to stop myself and think, ” My children are fed and have a roof over their heads.” I have this to be thankful for and what I am MOST thankful for!  They most definitely don’t always get what they want, but they do have what they need.

My work may be very frustrating at times, but I am making just enough to pay the bills. I have this to be thankful for. Remembering to look on the positive side, not the negative side can help a lot. I need to realize that no matter how much I want to be earning money through my blog, I have in all actuality just started (only been blogging for about 5 months now). There is money invested in this venture, so I really do need this to be a success. How do I do this? I work harder even when I’m frustrated (after taking a break and analyzing my work, of course).

 I know I have been doing this a lot lately.

For example, I started in direct sales. I am a consultant for Linen World. Now, I just started less than a month ago, however, I want it to work for me so bad, that I’m already feeling down because I haven’t had many sales yet and my Launch Party seems to have been a flop. At least that’s how I feel.

So back too, remembering to be thankful for what we have. I need to remember, I don’t have any money invested in this company so if it doesn’t work out, I’m out nothing. I need to remember, all good things take time and no good business happens overnight!

Because I’ve always had to live on a budget, I know how to get by. I just prefer to get past “just getting by”, but that doesn’t seem to be in the near future. This is not really a problem, but it is goal, cause nobody wants to live on a budget their entire life! So yes, being thankful for only what you have can be hard sometimes too. Everyone wants to catch that break.

Moral of my story? Yes, life can be tough, but we always have something to be thankful for and we must remember this! What are you thankful for when times get tough?

Family Fun Night from the Dollar Tree

Family Fun NightFamily Fun Night On A Budget

Having money in the budget for family fun isn’t always possible. Whether you live paycheck to paycheck, live on a small budget, are a single parent, or just going through a rough patch, sometimes the extra money to go to a movie or out to dinner just isn’t there.

But we all know how important our family is. They are the ones we love, the ones who are always there for us. And probably the reason we have tight budgets. haha Whether you have a large family or it’s just the “two or three of you”, the Dollar Tree makes it possible to still have a Family Fun Night.

Start digging up that loose change, or those few dollars you have stashed away for a rainy day, because you can show your family a little fun and forget about the daily stresses of life for at least one night.

The Dollar Tree has everything for $1 or less!

  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Popcorn
  • Paper Products
  • Cards
  • Games
  • And so much more!!!!

Depending on what you have to spend for your Family Fun Night, you can decide, with your family, of course, what the Family Fun Night will include!

Or, better yet (I think, because I love to surprise my kids), if you want to surprise them with a Family Fun Night, just wing it, you’ll know what you want and what you can afford! Link below to help you figure out how to plan your night!

Make your next Fun Night a success without breaking the bank at


Staying Within Your Budget Around the Holidays

Holiday BudgetStaying Within Your Budget

It can be very, very hard to stay on budget around the holidays! I have this problem every holiday season as I’ve always lived on a budget. There are a few things I do to help myself stay within my budget, they include:

  • Making a list of everyone I need to buy gifts for. Then I reorder the list from low to high in the amount I plan to spend for each given person. This gives me a total of money needed for the holiday season and a challenge to stick to that.
  • I listen throughout the entire year of things people say they want or wish they had and make a mental note of it until I can write them on the list.
  • When I find a deal or an item on clearance I grab it and stuff it away for the holidays. And don’t forget to check that item or person off the list!
  • This may sound silly, but I save loose change and dollar bills. I have a spot for each and tuck them away from January until about October. You would not believe how quickly the money adds up! A couple of years back, I had $528 when I counted my dollar bills and change! Not so much this year.
  • Start a Christmas Club at your bank (if they have this), some people can’t put much in, but even a couple hundred at the end of the year helps a ton.
  • I also do a few other things to make extra money,  that I have started to share in the “Making Side Money” category. If you have a free minute you can check that out too.

Hope this can help someone out there, maybe not this year, but would be a good thing at the beginning of 2017.