Almost Frugal, one of my favorite bloggers, has an interesting set of links today, from loaning money to a friend (don't!), to paying your credit cards when times are tough. Another comment: reducing your wardrobe, so it takes less space, saves money on replacements, and is less stress. I started thinking harder about doing this, when realizing I was wearing the same 25 or 30 items over and over. But:
*Buying them higher-quality (used or new, doesn't matter) means they last longer and look better.
*Keeping them clean and in good repair means they're ready for the next wearing.
*Replacing items means I stick to a color scheme that lets everything go together. In my case, that generally means tan, cream, blue (periwinkle, light blue, robin's egg), sage green and black.
Shoes are harder. It's hard to find good brands (and condition) at thrift shops. I spent the most on two pairs of cowboy boots -- one hand-stitched (and the most striking), the other basic. I wear these over and over and over -- they, along with a pair of green flipflops and some workshoes, were my summer wear. And the boots, along with two pairsof Swedish clogs ($1.00 each at a garage sale!) will be winter wear.
Husband has spent most of the weekend watching football. I defrosted the freezer (to get ready for the upcoming pig) and built up a new garden bed. (It gets planted with kale and spinach after a fresh wheelbarrowload of dirt gets added tomorrow.) The beans are bearing like crazy -- no frost yet, but it's not far off. Watched some football, too -- enough to see Michigan win its first game, and Colorado's Buffaloes lose to Colorado State. Sigh. Tomorrow is a Rockies game with friends -- then back to work.
Hope your holiday is going fine.