Thursday, November 12, 2015

There’s always news that someone might not appreciate. There’s always news that business people don’t want to hear.

The local news outlet really shouldn’t start this movement. I mean, some folks might even cancel their subscriptions or some thing.

No-Spend November Can Help You Find Leaks in Your Budget

From MomsEveryday.com November can be a rough time for personal budgets. By this time of year, many folks have already blown the financial goals they set for themselves in January.

Speaking of not spending; I’ve been Christmas shopping. I have a bad habit of not giving gifts often. Actually, I go out of my way to ignore occasions where gifts would be appropriate.

On the other hand, when I do decide to give a gift it is usually the best of its kind that I can afford. As long, of course, you consider, as I do, a Dollar Store high shopping. I got to thinking yesterday, after the trials ad tribulations with an on-line store and my credit card provider, that down through the years I cannot honestly say the people that I’ve gifted actually have and use the gifts I’ve given.

Odd that.

I really tried to remember a number of things given and to whom and had I seen them actually use or retain the items given. None came to mind. 

What did come to mind was an ex-wife’s comment, when I asked what happened to the gift I’d given to our daughter. She said that they had take the gift back for a refund. But, I said, you didn’t have a receipt, I still have it.

It didn’t matter, ex-wife said. The store took it back and we kept the money.

But what happened to the money?

She shrugged. I don’t remember, she said. We spent it.

Which should give the reader some idea of what led to ex-wife. The fact remains, however, that I remain parsimonious toward both and the Goodwill store became my center of preference from that point forward.

I even included the receipts in the gift box after, also.

I mean, I did remember, after all. 

All this means,, I suppose, is I’m in complete sympathy with the people that want a No Spend November.

That in spite of the fact that gifts are better given if one follows the children’s college Golden Rule: Send Money.

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From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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