I am SO excited for June! I am not looking forward to a tax return, or waiting with anticipation for beach weather. I am excited because a new Costco will be opening up less than 5 minutes from our home!
If you’ve watched Khaleef’s videos on YouTube, then you know that we love Costco and shop there frequently. Right now we have two stores that are equidistant from our home, and it is a 25 minute drive to either one. When we had two cars, this wasn’t a problem because I was able to go when the store first opens, or time it so I could avoid rush hour traffic. Now, with one vehicle, a lot of times it ends up being most convenient for us to go together on a Saturday 😯 .
You can’t imagine the horrors that arise when going to Costco on the weekend!
So, the first way we’ll be saving money is on gas and wear and tear on our vehicle. It will be so helpful not driving that distance to Costco (both locations are off two extremely busy and congested highways) in rush hour or bad weather. Also, because we are buying bulk items, our car is definitely filled up and weighed down by the trip!
The second way we’ll be saving money is because the new Costco will have a gas station! The gas stations there offer lower prices than at other places. I’ve never gotten this benefit because the lines are usually long when I go! At least this way, we can schedule the best times. And since it is so close to home, getting up early won’t be too much of a hassle to save at the pump.
I think I may have a Costco opening party! Okay, I really won’t. Maybe I will have one in my mind :-). I guess I’ll just have to be careful with our budget so I am not shopping there more often since it will be so close!
Now on to the great posts from this week!
I am in the group, like Jason from LiveRealNow, who has money in many locations. He shares about his efforts with debanking and the challenges he faces.
Lisha, from UpGusto, shares a 5-minute podcast that will motivate you to move towards success. This podcast was quick, and to the point. It definitely made me want to get up and move forward!
Do you have cash put aside for a rainy day? Shane from Beating Broke explains why a rainy day cash fund is a good idea. We used to have one, but really allowed that idea to slip over the last few years. We will definitely be putting this back into action.
Peter from Bible Money Matters gives monthly checklists for home maintenance. Even though we rent, we do a lot of the smaller maintenance things mentioned on this list. Our landlord has been really good about handling the major things that need to be accomplished.
I became a victim of an April Fool’s joke with this one! Derek from Money Ahoy gives shoplifting tips. He is only kidding. Read it for a laugh… only for a laugh.
Barb from Barbara Freidberg Personal Finance gives tips on how to rent an apartment. This list is almost all the steps we go through when looking for a place to rent. The only thing I would add, is to be informed about all the services available to you in that area (phone, internet, etc., even cell reception!) Having that information will effect your comfort in your new place.
The Frugalweds share a little on how they balance the line between being frugal and being cheap. The great thing is that they seem to agree on what that balance should be for them! It’s always helpful (and happier) when spouses are on the same page.
How do you handle pain and suffering? Brian from Luke1428 takes a look at the apostle Paul, the difficulties and trials he faced, and his perspective of them. Paul’s life is a great example to us of a Christian who did not have a simple, perfect life; yet, he was able to strive through the challenges, and keep moving forward.
I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I have. Enjoy the rest of your week!