http://www.thredup.com

http://www.thredup.com

I’m thinking a lot of people might have champagne taste and a beer budget like I do (sometimes I have a tap water budget…), so I thought I would share my new discovery, which is thredup.com . They have some really cute, second hand, name brand clothes and seem to have a pretty big selection. Also, you get 20% off on your first purchase, so that’s pretty cool! ¬†Just thought I’d pass this along!

Good luck with the bargain hunting!

<3, Elizabeth

 

You Mean Elves Don’t Clean the House While I Sleep?

You Mean Elves Don't Clean the House While I Sleep?

I like to think I’m a good friend and a good roommate. I’m nice, I share my food, I always make time for roommate bonding date nights. When it comes to sharing the load in houshold cleaning, I have definitely been lacking.

If I make a mess in a common area, of course I do my best to clean it up, but in general, cleaning a house is usually not at the front of my radar. Not because I don’t care, but because I have other things on my mind (don’t ask me what, but things, I’m sure) and I walk in and think “this house looks pretty nice.”

Then there are those times I walk in and actually catch a roommate scrubbing, mopping, vaccuming and dusting a common area and I get this feeling of shame and guilt. Of COURSE the house looks nice! Someone else cleaned it when I wasn’t looking!

Contrary to what some frustrated friends and family members may have said in the past, I am NOT just content to let others do things for me, I do want to be helpful and useful. But unfortunately, I’m about as observant as Mr. Magoo. (I’m working on this during my journey as well, I’m sure there will be posts to follow on that.)

You will see I have posted a cleaning schedule, courtesy of a fellow blogger at http://ateaspoonofhappiness.com . My goal starting Monday is to follow this schedule. I will be entering the schedule into my iphone calendar at certain times and will have an alarm to go off at these times, because otherwise I will completely forget.

Many cleaning lists I have found on the internet look incredibly intimidating to me. I have zero patience, and tend to like to have things done as quickly and painlessly as possible, and I look at lists with like 40 things on them and completely freak and shut down. (Who has time for all of that?!?! Where do I start?!? Screw this, I’m going to watch Orange is the New Black on Netflix for 4 hours…) I really like this schedule a lot, because it breaks down large tasks, like laundry, and divvys them up by day, rather than just a long list of things to clean in a house. Just what an overly anxious, hedonistic individual with adult ADD like myself needs!

Anyways, I hope both you and I find this list to be helpful and useful. I will check back in later on how I do with this.

Happy cleaning!

<3, Elizabeth

I am not a successful adult…..

I am not a successful adult.....

Ok, it could be worse. I’m employed, and it’s actually a great job! I have a very cute townhouse over my head that I share with 2 roommates. I wouldn’t say I am unsucessful. But it is a rough road, my friends, and I know I am not alone on this.

My job pays a very decent salary, but somehow I have completely missed the boat on handling money. My bank account is constantly being overdrawn, simply because for whatever reason, I can’t seem to reconcile my largely shared bills with my decent salary. I have a lot of formerly nice things that are broken, worn. Relics of a past life where mom and dad paid for me or very generous gifts that I have literally loved to pieces and I cannot afford to replace any of them, including some very important things, like cars and computers.

Organization? Forget it. This was never a skill I possessed.

Time management… oh geez….let’s not go there. The internet truly took care of any hope I had for getting on top of that.

So basically, thus far in my life I have had no self control and it has driven me into debt, it has affected my health (just one more cookie!) it has affected my relationships. I have mused for years that I have wanted to change, but somehow always conforted myself with “I am still in my 20s, I’ll figure this out eventually.”

I have approximately 500 days until my 30th Birthday, so with time running out for me to use my “I’m just a poor dumb kid who doesn’t know any better” excuse, I have decided to actively learn and develop skills that one might expect a 30 year old woman to have.

In 500 days, I hope to:
– Organize my life
– Pay down A LOT of debt
– Learn how to make a realistic budget and stick to it
– Save money
-Learn to cook
-Get healthier
– Basically just become a functional adult!

They say that those who can’t do teach, so I hope you can learn from and maybe even be amused by the trials and tribulations of my journey.

Wish me luck!

<3, Elizabeth