In-between balancing the checkbook, researching the best smartphone to buy, and filling out student loan master promissory notes, I thought I would take a moment this week to get away from the biggest financial decisions in my life to focus on a few of the smallest.
Thus, may I present: yet another post of 5 inexpensive, yet simply wonderful things I am so thankful to have in my life.
1. Mix and Match Home Decor
We can all agree that being organized is important - but I just love the look and feel of unframed or miss-matched frames on many pictures to decorate a living space. My bedroom has a random assortment of pictures - in color, black and white, ink, pencil, and paint - to decorate one very long wall. I love the way you can add just about anything you have lying around to make this totally unique - and totally frugal - home decor.
2. Rice Krispie Treats
I imagine a world where every man, woman, and child can know the simple, sweet satisfaction of Rice Krispie Treats. As a kid, I always asked for them on my birthday and as a delicious summer snack. In college, they were the perfect reward for making it through a long week of classes. Quick, easy, low in fat, and very inexpensive - all you need is 3 simple ingredients.
3. Green Tea
I’m a heavy drinker of an assortment of teas. I’m on a 3-5 cups-per-day habit at the moment. I really, really love tea. It’s one of those things that is so simple, but can totally change your day. My favorite this time of year is green tea, which I drink with either lemon or honey. There are so many amazing health benefits, it’s very inexpensive, and green tea can totally lift your spirits no matter what gets thrown your way. I can’t wait to try this morning start green tea with honey, lemon, cinnamon, and cayenne. (It’s supposed to improve your skin and boost your metabolism - bonus!)
4. Wii Fit
I know what you’re thinking, “Deborah, those things cost about $100! That’s not very frugal!” Yes, that is not a very small purchase. However, I am thankful I have a Wii Fit because it is a great way to get in some exercise throughout the day without a gym membership and no matter what the weather is like. Plus, my parents were so gracious as to purchase one for my family, so I didn’t have to. Very, very thankful.
5. Nail Art
I realize I may be losing some male readers here, but hang in there with me. I really like having my nails done - whether it’s a simple clear-coat or an elaborate nail art design. I almost always have nail polish on because it makes me feel more put-together and makes my nails stronger. I refuse to pay through the nose for this habit of mine, however. I’ve never paid to get my nails done - never even been to a nail salon - and I get tons of great ideas to do my own nails at home, for just pennies a week!
What are some frugal things you are thankful for?