If there’s one problem that us humans never fail to solve, it’s being bored. These days, most people who find themselves with nothing to do end up binging Netflix, browsing Instagram, or playing Xbox. While you are obviously free to do with your spare time as you please, it’s worth considering how excessive media consumption can affect your life.
In a 25-year study of over 3,200 people, participants who watched television for more than three hours per day performed worse on cognitive tests than those who spent less time behind the screen. Another study of 11,000 teenagers found that girls who use social media were more likely to suffer from poor sleep quality and depression.
But let’s not get too morbid here. You’ve come this far, which means that you’re interested in finding fun and frugal ways to spend your free time. Fortunately, your options are wide in variety and plenty in number. And if you’re anything like me, and sometimes need a break from all things domestic, here are six ideas to help you get started.
If there’s anything I hate, it’s wasting food. Goodness. When I find old leftovers in the fridge that we’ve forgotten about, and it’s covered in mold and I have to toss it, I get so agitated with myself. I hear the voice of my mom in my head after she sat dinner in front of us and we wrinkled our noses: “Children in Africa are starving. EAT!”
Americans spend an average of 9.7% of their income on food with 5% for food at home and 4.7% for food away from home. Unfortunately, Americans also waste a lot of food with consumers throwing away one pound per day or 225-290 pounds a year according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Decreasing the amount of food that is thrown away not only benefits your household budget, saving you money, but also helps the environment reducing methane emissions and conserving energy and resources.
Sustainability Goals at Home
Reducing food waste is a sustainable business model that is currently trending among restaurants and food establishments. It can also be replicated at home considering that around 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown out each year worldwide.
A few months ago we had a new normal to get used to around here: my hubby started working from home full time! For us, the flexibility that offers is perfect with two little ones, but we’ve had some challenges, too. Like, keeping two little ones fairly quiet during the day so daddy can work! But one of the big things that has helped all the way around is giving him his own office space in which to function.
So when Ashley Wilson floated me a post idea on making working at home more enjoyable, well: I knew my husband FOR SURE would appreciate it! She’s got tons of tips – keep on reading for more!
When working from home, many people tend to improvise when setting up their home office. Many tend to skip the organizational aspects of the home office, and the comfort of the work area. All you need is a desk and chair, right?
Sometimes I think about you, reader. And I think that, no matter who you are or what you do or what you’re like…we can all agree that what I have just experienced in my life in no way, shape or form has been…FUN.
Allow me to share with all of you that I believe we are FINALLY at the end of POTTY TRAINING. Potty training TWINS. (I’m still shuddering thinking about it. I’m also waiting on some kind of huge regression to happen because, well, that WOULD be my luck.)
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about potty training, it’s that potty training is MESSY. Oh my goodness. Is it ever MESSY.
My husband noticed the other day that the value of our home had risen. (He’s so good with stuff like that – I would have never even though to CHECK IT. Mercy!) But he loves all things financial, and was pretty pleased to see the equity we’ve built in the past couple of years. So he shared his joy with me! Which led to a conversation about a few remodeling projects we still want to complete in this house. Which led to a discussion about where we would pull the money from in order to make those changes.
Somewhere along the way, Jorge Adevop sent me an email to see if I was interested in publishing his article regarding ways to pay for remodeling projects, and yes, I was interested, not only in publishing it, but in reading it for myself! Check out his ideas below…they’re good ones!
Putting money back into your home through remodeling to maintain a modern look and appeal is usually a wise investment, but the scenario has to make sense and you should never be over extending yourself if the line between income and expenses is getting extremely thin. There are, however, certain times when finding funding for your investment makes very good sense, especially when you have a good strategy on how your going to pay it back, maybe even quicker than its term. If you’ve been looking into alternate funding sources then here are a few for you to consider: