Category Archives: Spending Money

My Shoe-Shopping Struggles Have Come to an End

I know, women are supposed to love shopping for shoes. But I don’t.

In fact, I hate it.

For me, shoe shopping is usually a disappointing and exhausting ordeal. It’s a struggle to find shoes in my size at all, let alone ones that look good, fit, and are affordable. I wear a size 10 medium, but it appears most stores believe that everyone wears a 7 or an 8, or else 10 wides. Sure, they put a few token shoes out there in other sizes and widths, but the selections are terrible. » Read more

My Favorite Things (And Yours Too)

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “my favorite things”? Is it the song from the Sound of Music? Oprah’s annual show? Something else?

Me, I literally think about my favorite things, most of which aren’t things at all: my family, traveling, the moment when you first get under cool sheets in the summertime, etc. » Read more

Back From Vacation and Catching Up

Whee! We got back from a vacation not too long ago and I’ve been busy doing a little catching up since. I always think we should schedule a vacation to recover from our vacation. Someday I’m actually going to do that, too.

If you’re curious, we went to the island of Cozumel in Mexico (just in time for Hurricane Ida to pass nearby. Thankfully the extent of its effects there were that it created some surf and a nice breeze.) We had a fun time scuba diving in the beautiful, amazingly clear water and relaxing on the beach.

I also learned that my bargaining skills have fallen off to about zero. Most things seemed so reasonably priced to begin with that I didn’t even bother trying. (Not that I bought a lot of things — we only had $30 worth of items to declare when we came back to the U.S.)

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