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Positivity and a “Can Do” Attitude Could Make You Rich!

How do you motivate yourself to keep working when something has gone wrong or when others see more success? Here's my motivation. Pinning this for inspiration!

Do you read Budgets Are Sexy or Making Sense of Cents?  How about Smart Passive Income?  ESI Money or Money Boss?  I read them all, though less often than I should.  They are all at the top of their game.  J Money recently turned down a $1 million deal for his sexy blog bunch.  Michelle is making $100,000 a MONTH from affiliate income…and created a course about it. Pat Flynn is…well, Pat Flynn (Google “king of online money”).   He’s making millions a year. ESI Money just pulled off early retirement.  Money Boss sold his previous site for beaucoup bucks years ago and is restarting a blog empire. Shared Qualities of the Successful Do you know what they have in common?  They are sincerely wonderful people.  I’ve met them.  They are awesome.  But more importantly for our class today, they’re positive people and are all more motivated than squirrels are for nuts.  Yep, positivity and a “can do” attitude is what it takes…makes you gag, right?  Well, suck it up.  I know for a fact that those two ingredients make the recipe for success.  How?  Because that’s how I grew BFS so quickly when I started in 2010 and how I’m … Read more…

Another November, Another Huge Board Gamer Party!!! Woot for #BGGCON16!

We attended our first Board Game Geek (BGG) Convention in 2012 and have returned every year since then. I loved the overall feel so much, I joined Team Geek in 2014 and volunteer 20+ hours every year in exchange for free tickets.  We still pay for gas, food, and to stay in the convention hotel (which we split with friends).  Overall, it ends up being a 5 day vacation every November the week before Thanksgiving for $500-$750. Team Geek 2016 Since this was my third year on Team Geek, I was finally able to sign up for the primo volunteer shifts!  “Primo” for me meant that I was able to count the setup and tear down shifts as actual time towards my required 16 hours (I usually do those shifts anyway for free just to help).  The team this year was even more efficient together and just as friendly as always…they make me feel like part of something important and bigger than myself.  I know that sounds weird when talking about convention staffing, but it really does feel like an annual family reunion. My only tiny complaint was that I didn’t end up in the amazing BGG library for my … Read more…

How to Craigslist Your Garage Sale Leftovers

What do you do when your garage sale is over and you still have lots of stuff leftover? Don't just donate it - make more money off of your old stuff by selling it on Craigslist! These tips will help you make the most of your junk and turn it into cash you can put into your pocket, without causing too much hassle.

About a month ago, I went on a cleaning spree. I wanted all the crap out of my house. BUT, I hate garage sales. Just takes too much planning and time. I know they can make big money, but I rather just sell things off or give them away as soon as I decide I don’t want them anymore. That said, I noticed people on Craigslist listing loads of stuff leftover from garage sales as a huge lot. I thought I could try that with some of our stuff too. Separating the Crap from Maybe Money If you need to ensure you don’t miss a single money-making opportunity, do a quick search on Craigslist or Nextdoor.com (like Facebook, but just for your neighbors and surrounding neighborhoods) for stuff like yours. If it is selling for anything, then list it. If it’s not or seems to be trash, you can list a free load of stuff to pick up on Craigslist or Nextdoor.com too. I just want stuff gone, so I only sell the things worth $15 or more usually. The rest of it, I give away. Listing Garage Sale Leftovers on Craigslist as a Lot Several years ago, I listed … Read more…

SherryH’s Action Plan: Doing Something About Our Situation

I’ve hired my friend and huge blog supporter, SherryH, as an occasional staff writer here at BFS.  😀  SherryH lives near the coast of North Carolina. Her family consists of her husband, their two adult sons, and the requisite writer’s cats. In 2013, Sherry survived a brain tumor that destroyed her eyesight. She’s determined not to let that slow her down. She recently started blogging at http://www.blindnotinvisible.wordpress.com/. In one of her recent vlogs, Crystal advised people who complained that they couldn’t do the things she’s done to Stop Whining, Start Doing, or Shut Up.  I don’t think Crystal gives herself enough credit. She’s got an awesome blend of talent, drive, and creativity that I don’t think many people can match! But I think most people can almost always do something to improve their situation. My Action Plan I made a somewhat whiny post here not long ago, When Does It End?  I felt like our family was holding onto the last thread at the end of our financial rope, and more and more kept piling on. I couldn’t see any way out, and I was feeling pretty desperate.  Some great comments here and some very supportive emails really helped me … Read more…

Jury Duty Again…0 for 2 Now…

Three years ago, I posted about receiving my first ever jury duty summons and the poopy experience of sitting around for hours, just waiting, then being chosen, then waiting some more in a hallway, and then being released since the case was settled out of court. It was an unfulfilling 5 hour process. Summoned Again Well, I was summoned again for yesterday. This time I didn’t have a ton of jobs and emails waiting for me, so I went in with a happier disposition. Sadly, it was even less fulfilling than before. Same process but I didn’t even make it past the first room this time. Just woke up at 6am, got dressed in business casual and ate breakfast as requested, did the hour commute into downtown Houston, got scanned and whatnot to get in, waited in the exact same seat for 3 hours, and was released since they had everyone they needed with the first two rounds of people they pulled out. Oh well. At least the $6 check they are sending me will cover the exactly $6 I paid for parking again… Just FYI In case you have never been summoned, here is the general process (at least … Read more…

Decluttering and Organizing!

I was staying at home last week for pet sitting at the same time they had hired someone to come organize and declutter their kitchen and butler’s pantry.  After semi-watching the process over 3-4 days, I realized a few things: There is no magic to decluttering and organizing.  It takes time, the ability to purge, and patience. I can’t afford to have someone else do this for me. I was tired of living in everyone else’s home and going home to clutter. Decluttering – One Thing at a Time So I came home and spent a few hours every day this week on decluttering and/or organizing a different area of my home.  I started with the kitchen counter on Monday and knocked that off pretty quickly – about 90 minutes in total! Then I moved onto the pantry on Tuesday…that took 2.5 hours total but that also included bagging the non-expired stuff that we weren’t keeping, listing it for free on Nextdoor.com, and it being picked up by a family that just became single income suddenly with four kids.  Woot! Wednesday and Thursday were dedicated to my bedroom, about 6 hours in total. I forgot to take before and after photos until … Read more…