Friday, December 02, 2011
I began a planning mode yesterday that seems to be continuing today. I'm going to take and run with it. This may be what I need to get into a routine and lifestyle that I can live with. It started when I decided to work on a budget. I got my checkbook and receipts out and really took a good, long, hard look at where I was spending money. I don't like what I came up with. Too much money going out and not nearly enough coming in.
I looked into whether or not I could lower some of my bills, like my phone, electric, cable and gas bills. I realized that I was on the best plans that I could possibly be on. I'm aware of how much I'm using and now can work on lowering the phone, gas and electric bills. I feel like I'm on a quest to see how much I can lower them. If I really watch how many phone calls I make and when I make them, I may be able to lower my plan and save $10 a month. Hey, it's $10 more to go to something else.
My grocery bills aren't bad. I used to be better at hunting down and using coupons and need to make a conscious effort to get back into the habit of doing this. I do keep track of how much I do save and I want to see how much I can increase it this month. I am also checking into seeing if there's a food pantry that may be able to help me out since my only income is what little I make with selling Avon.
I've been talking with other Avon representatives and going through some training videos on line. I'm now more aware of the fact that I need to expand my customer base and of ways to do that. I want to see how much I can improve in the next two months.
It's time to take another look at things around the house that I can possibly sell. I have sold a couple things this past month on Craig's List, but not as much as I had hoped. So, I'm going to check into a couple places nearby and see if they can help sell some of the stuff. I'm one that doesn't like a lot of stuff in the house anyway and this seems like the perfect time to get the place de-cluttered and organized.
I'm still spending a fair amount of time each day applying for jobs online. I wish there was an easier and less time-consuming way to do this. At least it's not like it was before the internet where a person had to go from company to company and fill out applications that way. I still get discouraged with the process and wonder what exactly it is that I'm doing wrong. But, I must keep plugging away. I have no choice.
So, I've got lots to do in the coming weeks. I'm off and running....