Friday, November 21, 2014

One Christmas Gift to go

So, the holiday season is almost upon us and I've got one Christmas present left to take care of.

And I'll be working on it this weekend. 

This is good news for my bank account and budget.  This is better news for me because I can start the process of wrapping things up.  Now, being the ever environmentally friendly person I am, I have a set of Christmas cloth bags that my family uses and reuses year after year.  We started this when I was about 10 years old.  Because, that year, we threw into the trash 2 bags of just wrapping items;  bows, ribbon, paper tissue paper. 

What a HUGE waste of money!  What a HUGE waste of space in landfills already overrun with recyclable items.  What a HUGE expense to not have to worry about year after year!

I still wrap a few items each year, in left over paper from the year before that isn't creased too badly etc.  I tend to use a lot of bags for items as well. 

The cost of these reuseable, washable bags is pennies when you get literally 25 years or more out of them.  And fun fabrics that come on sale for massive discounts after the holiday season are the best ones to get.  Then you cut them up, and hand them to a youngster who needs to learn how to sew, and voila!  Unique, original Christmas bags to be used again and again.  You can get as creative as you want.  You can get as elaborate as you want.  And you can do it for a little manual labour and a couple of dollars. 

When we did some math, a roll of Christmas paper for $5.79 plus taxes, resulted in about 10 of these fabric bags.  Have stuff that is oversized, or really small?  GREAT!  Do a bag or two to fit that stuff so you've got them for years to come. 

It's an idea.  We have bags with the string built into the top of them, and ones where it's attached farther down the outside so it gives the appearance of a Christmas Cracker.  All kinds of patterns.  All kinds of sizes and shapes.  At the end of Christmas, everyone rounds up the bags from the gifts given to put away for next year. 

How is everyone else doing with their Christmas stuff this year?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It finally posted...

...all is now well.

First set of payments recorded and posted.  I've said this before:  I love zero's in my totals.

For example, one balance went from $3095.67 to $2700.00.  Zeros are so pretty and round and neat. 

So, now I wait patiently for the next payment dates and amounts to come up.  I've finally learned that I can live life between these times, and have things set up to do just that. 

In other news, I decided to post a few more Ireland Pictures.   All of these are my own photography. 

Dunguaire Castle

Donegal City Water Front

Glenveagh Castle

Glenveagh Gardens

Queen's University

The Church of St. Patrick and St. Colman at night (back)
Church of St. Patrick and St. Colman in daylight (front)

Europa Hotel, Belfast

Ring of Kerry view of Dingle