Got No Money Guide To Saving Money and Good Living – Cricket Diane C Phillips – 2008

Got No Money Guide To Saving Money – 2008

* Can’t save what you haven’t got.

— short chapter. . .

* This is what we call a  fantasy  – it’s a fantasy you’re having if you think it’s a problem.

Got No Money Guide To Good Living – 2008

* Good living does not require money to be done and it sure doesn’t need to wait till you got some.

* There are all kinds of great ways to add good living to every day living. Throw a sheet on the floor and have a picnic.

* Or, if you don’t mind ants and bugs – throw the sheet or blanket or old quilt on the grass in the backyard and call it a picnic. You can bring stuff out in baskets – even the pretty napkins and glass cups. Its your picnic – do it so it delights you and those you love. Its good living.

* We grew a beautiful trailing red rose bush to have rose petal baths with rose hips tea. With four blueberry bushes, we had fresh blueberries with the dew still on them warm from the sun.

* It was great fun until my husband put himself in the bath with burnt motor oil and diesel crud all over him. I will never forget that rosy smell.

* Some people just don’t have prosperity thinking when they got no money. They would pay $6,000 for a rose petal bath at a spa but wouldn’t buy a $5 rose bush to have that bath at home.

* A satin pillowcase isn’t but a two dollar remnant or prom dress from the thrift store and a little sewing. Who needs a $50 hair stylist with a satin pillow to sleep on, a hairbrush and blowdryer.

* In fact, a blow dryer comes in handy for all sorts of useful stuff when you got no money.

* Its not real efficient for drying socks compared to the top of a good station wagon – but it is very useful for quick setting glue to fix upholstery on sofas, chairs and free-form macro furniture.

* It also sets the caulk on the bathtub when you redo it to get off the burnt motor oil from husband’s baths.

* A good blow dryer will melt some good plastics for sculpting and making handles fit, too. Never melt plastics in a toaster oven – its an air quality thing.

* Every time you buy groceries – put back the cookies and go buy a hammer or a screwdriver or pliers or scissors. You can always bake cookies, but you can never find something to make do as well for the others.

* Although, a dime will make a good screwdriver and even an old phone book can hammer some stuff, its easier to have the tools for easy good living handy.

* I would definitely say  always have  to a few things like duct tape, scissors, hammers and screwdrivers, measuring cups, measuring spoons and some good glues.

* It helps to have nails, tacks, tapes – electrical and otherwise. They are all good living necessaries. When you have to glue something and there isn’t any glue, then what? You’re stuck with taping, stapling, nailing it or leaving it the way it is.

* Of course, I’ve caulked some stuff that shouldn’t have been touched with caulk just to get it to stick together and there’s something that’s obviously been fixed poorly.

* I also used duct tape to stick a gutter back on the house and that didn’t work very well either. It appears that water sources have to be handled a little differently than sticking it back on with a good long piece of duct tape.

Got No Money Guide To Good Living – 2
Written by Cricket Diane C Phillips 2008

* I have an active living environment. This means a got no money good living environment dedicated to actively living in it. Things to do, workspaces for doing them and living by doing.

* You’ve got to ask yourself what you’d be doing if you had all the money in the world anyway.

* If its sitting around reading books – get some books. If its cooking special meals for people you love – get some recipes and do it.

* This isn’t a hard concept to grasp. I found it in a book once. Then I bought seeds for gardening and planted them.

* It was during a bad drought and only one marigold and five tomato plants grew out of thousands of seeds – about $8 worth of seed packets.
* But the seeds from those six plants have grown tomatoes and marigolds everywhere I’ve lived since. They’ve provided flowers and tomatoes in my friends’ and neighbors’ yards, at my parents’ house and I still have some today from them.

* If I don’t have a yard to garden – I just go and garden somebody else’s yard or plant them in the window inside the house. Its all the same to me because if I were rich its what I would do. So, I do it. Why wait?

* Between books from the library, books on sale, books online and books at the thrift store, yard sales and friends of the library sales – there are whole libraries available to own when you got no money and want good living.

* Be aware that what you have in your hand may be a library book before you stick it under the couch where the leg used to be. And, as soon as you use the dictionary for that you’ll need to look up a word. Better go find a brick instead.

* May as well not sit around thinking about what you haven’t got. Build it, create it, do it with what is around you.

* There is always something – some way to do it – somewhere to find it – some way to acquire it even with no money.

* In fact, with money is one of the most inefficient ways to go about it for most things most of the time.

* By the time I’ve shopped for what doesn’t really suit the purpose I have for it, I could’ve built, acquired or reclaimed four things (at least) to solve the problem that suits the purpose.

Got No Money Guide To Good Living 2

* Most good living is going to happen whether or not you got any money. Trashy living will happen too whether you got any money or not. The trick is to do more of the good living than letting it slide into trashy regardless of your economic reality.

* I’ve got to say, though, there is some comfort in trashy living – nobody expects much and its easy enough to accomplish that.

* If you wanna do good living when you got no money – its really easy. Satin pillowcases for your head and day-old cakes, donuts and collecting stuff everybody else is done using.

* We had do it later mentality for a long time until one day I realized we were going to be poor for probably ever and ever so that day we started good living anyway.

* We bought fancy napkins that cost fifty cents each at the clearance aisle one week which isn’t too bad if you don’t mind that they won’t match each other or anything else either.

* Those napkins were a one-time investment for years of imagining the fine dining of a fancy restaurant without leaving home.

* We were scared to get those nice napkins messy so we brought home a library book about folding them, set the table with them folded all fancy and used paper towels.

* My children loved folding those napkins from the directions in the book – this made it a multi-part family activity. I think there are still some around somewhere I’m saving.

* Appearances are an important part of good living when you got no money. Canned peaches really do taste wonderful with candy sprinkles and stars on top.

* Do not bake canned peaches expecting any improvement. *
* There are wonders you can do when you stick a pie crust under something, though, and put those little dough strips on top with some butter and sugar. Now, that’s good living right there.

* I remembered that my grandmother talked about a peaches and cream complexion and yes, I did try using that for a facial mask – it is not the same with canned peaches and milk. This is not a good living experience with or without money.

* That mask would’ve worked maybe a hundred years ago when there was no way to compare it to anything else but now that I’ve thought about it – maybe the weather was just different.

* We didn’t generally have air conditioning because we didn’t need a $600 electric bill. Some things involved in good living need to be modified when doing it without air conditioning.

* When you got no money you might as well do with what works. Doing what doesn’t work costs money that you aren’t going to get to fix it. Then you’re living with it that way for who knows how long.

* A chair could be a good example of things that have to be modified without air conditioning and an idea of the cost involved when stuff just doesn’t work. Vinyl does stick to the skin when its hot and humid outside – and without cool air – its like that inside, too.

* Strangely enough, the cost of a leather chair at the thrift store is about the same as vinyl or naugahyde, but the difference is whether you pick the chair up on the back of your leg when you get up from it. Good living says the chair stays where you put it.

Got No Money Guide- Second Edition

This is the Second Got No Money Guide

The Got No Money Guide to Fun and Activities

10000 and One Cheap Thrills

Like I would know what all that could be. There are always possibilities. If and then, if . . . and then, maybe, if . . . Eventually, I would think of something.

Right now, I discovered the carrots that aren’t in a can. They are a three part activity that is likely lost on people who got money.

First, the peeler that is the old-fashioned, trick to use kind that gets the peel and flips it on the floor, the wall and down the side of the trashcan. Second, the cutting each stick into little bite-size morsels with a steak knife that has to be used in a prayer and saw motion to work. And then, thirdly, the switch pans and use the microwave activity – look for a bowl to cook in the microwave and a lid for the glass and how long does it take for carrots to get soft anyway. My bet is twenty minutes which may lead to a new activity – cleaning up the burnt rubberized carrot pieces in the microwave. That would be a bonus activity – at no extra charge.

All told, this is a got-no-money great activity because it is a three-fold activity and has a bonus thrill, if the results are different than edible. There you go, it don’t get no better than that.

Got No Money Guide

About Me

Name: Diane Phillips
Location: Marietta, Georgia, United States

I’m here. I love hearing the birds sing in the middle of the night and early in the morning. I like walking but I’m tired of it and wish I could ever buy a car of my very own and afford to actually drive it places. As it is now, I would maybe get a car, unlikely, but it would sit in the parking lot because I got no money to insure it and to put gas in it. So, I might sit in the car and have somewhere to go besides my apartment, but that would be about it.

Diane Phillips

* Industry: Arts
* Occupation: Artist
* Location: Marietta : Georgia : United States

About Me

I’m here. I love hearing the birds sing in the middle of the night and early in the morning. I like walking but I’m tired of it and wish I could ever buy a car of my very own and afford to actually drive it places. As it is now, I would maybe get a car, unlikely, but it would sit in the parking lot because I got no money to insure it and to put gas in it. So, I might sit in the car and have somewhere to go besides my apartment, but that would be about it.
Your people want to make a statue in your honor. What will it be made out of and what victory will it commemorate?

Now, that would be interesting. It would celebrate the victory of creating art, writing, music and invention that helped the world while I have lived and beyond. It is what I want most of all – to make the contribution that is mine to give.
Interests

* Art
* Writing
* Creating Things
* Have three borrowed pets
* got no money ever
* probably won’t ever have any money ever either
* been psychotherapized to be okay about not having any money ever
* and drawing by hand
* with photoshop
* and other artstuff. My new hobby is Ebay with a store of my art
* paintings and prints. It is the most time-consuming handy dandy thing I’ve ever been involved with. ever.

Favorite Movies

* Ones that are playing on the telebox. Although
* I prefer ones that aren’t mushy
* tearjerkers. I’d druther watch Lethal Weapon than a bring your own kleenex thing.

Favorite Music

* My favorite music is Christmas music which I play when I’m painting to imagine that what I create will be a gift to someone. Most music
* I like. I play music on the piano and keyboards and create my own music. I really like a lot of the new music and old music
* well – almost any music is good for awhile.

Favorite Books

* The dictionary. The Bible. Art Books.

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