Saturday, December 22, 2012

So, The Apocalypse Didn't Happen...

A Maritime Christmas scene
A Maritime Christmas Card by Cape Shore
So, The Apocalypse didn't happen as promised(?) by the Mayans. I guess that means that we will be able to get on with Christmas after all.

I just wanted to wish all my fellow bloggers, followers, friends and family a very Merry Christmas. May we all feel the joy and magic that this season has to bring and remember to help the less fortunate with our good will throughout the year to come.

I'm a very lucky person in that I do have a full time job which pays out a bonus in the new year. This year's bonus will go to "Because I Am A Girl" and the local humane society. Last year I gave to "Smile Train". It makes me feel good to be able to donate which is why I do but also because I think that I am responsible to do so.

I'm certain this year will be more challenging for everyone to save money as the cost of everything is on the rise. I'm going to be tweaking my budget even more, with Gail's help of course. I have a challenge for myself to pay down more on the mortgage because retirement is close for both Hubby and I.

When I first started my blog it was about the challenge of saving and paying down debt so I'm going to be writing about these ideas again and about the ways I plan to stretch our budget. The first challenge will be about shopping wiser and smarter so as not to waste any food. Now that will be tough because everyone has waste whether it be produce that went bad or unused. I'm going to try to buy less and use more of what we bring home.

Wish me luck and together we can come up with some new ways and ideas to save some bucks.


Marguerite said...

Merry Christmas to you too! I'm very impressed that you put money from your Christmas bonus to charity. How right you are that prices are going up on everything these days. I'll be watching your budget posts as we are pressed every tighter here.

its me, sam said...

Merry Christmas! Awesome Charities to donate to.

grunge-queen said...

Happy holidays to you and yours, and I send you a huge cosmic hug from across the world for giving your bonus away, especially to the humane society. I used to support my home chapter (and was in fact married by a gent who sat on the board and gave part of his fee to the organisation). Now is the time to see if there's something similar in Annecy. Looking forward to hearing your budget ideas - it is a challenge not to waste food. Xoxo

Gill - That British Woman said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Glad to see you posting and that is so nice of you to donate to those charities.


Jolie said...

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family! Here's to a great 2013.

megan blogs said...

Merry Christmas to you too, Witch! I always try to give a bit away from every paycheque. I have a few favourite places i give to often and some others i give to a few times a year. Like you, i feel it a part of good financial stewardship.

I, too, shall be looking forward to hearing about your money-saving ideas. I've got a few i'm looking at now and want to try them out for a bit before i decide if they are truly working.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

(⁀‵⁀,) ✫✫✫
.•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫✫✫ MERRY CHRISTMAS! And what great charities to donate to, and what great goals to have as you look towards retirement--We're doing the same, and I hope it works for BOTH of us!!