What can you control?

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Registered: 11-14-2008
What can you control?
Sat, 12-03-2011 - 11:05am

How about a positive post!

We are all here for lots of different reasons.....Some of us have lost our jobs or are underemployed, some of us are recently divorced, some of us have big medical bills,


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Registered: 01-20-2010
Wed, 12-07-2011 - 2:53pm


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Registered: 07-24-2001
Tue, 12-06-2011 - 8:40pm

I started this journey 9 weeks ago, and it has been a bit up and down for me since . . .. Up the first week that there was actually some room to save some money . . . down the next week because an expected expense came up . . . etc . . .

But I've been living and learning. . .

And truthfully feeling a bit sorry for myself (even though my bills are barely paid

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Registered: 08-24-2007
Tue, 12-06-2011 - 6:45pm
Norma, I think I should post that quote at my desk. I've wasted SO MUCH energy worrying....


empty purse

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Registered: 02-19-1998
Tue, 12-06-2011 - 6:22pm

Well, our 2-year FIOS contract ended on the bundling and it was going to go up $10/month so I lowered the TV coverage to the lowest tier for $20 less a month. We aren't losing that many channels (although dh is sad about the NFL Network lol) but hopefully it will at least keep the payments the same if not less. And unlike the last time I went through this lowering the TV selections doesn't automatically lower our Internet speed and phone features. That burned me up last time - so glad they changed that.

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Registered: 10-01-2008
Tue, 12-06-2011 - 5:00pm

A week or so ago, I ran upon this quote.


"Patience is the best remedy for every trouble"- Plautus

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Tue, 12-06-2011 - 10:35am
Kassie - You go girl on the "work at home" negotiation. I would LOVE to do that!! You have given me new hope in that regard and good for you in making it happen.

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Registered: 07-06-2003
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 11:05pm

What can I control?

How the SO and I can come up with creative ways of spending much needed time together - I was recently able to successfully negotiate a work from home plan that has me in the office only 1 week per month starting in early 2012 and will allow me to work from SO's in NY the rest of


"It is said that life has its peaks and valleys.  The challenge is to accept them equally and experience them

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 12:09pm

Good post (as usual) Karen -

What we can control is our jobs.

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Registered: 11-02-1999
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 11:21am

IMHO, what we can control comes down to two things: our mindset and our actions.

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Registered: 09-05-2011
Sun, 12-04-2011 - 11:04pm

What I can control...

My DH and I are looking forward to the new year and a new outlook on paying down our bills. We have just had a rough year this year and it's just so crazy looking back at how fast it has gone by! Things add up and things just get out of control before you know it. Now we are ready to take the new year by storm! Our goal for this month is to eat at home more so we have been doing great at that and then keep to a budget for Christmas and we have done that... so I feel like we are off to a good start. I'm staying positive that we will keep this great momentum!