Money Saving Monday: Time-Off
I’m back at work now. Oh, Corporate Servitude. I do not miss you when I’m gone. Between the 4th of July Holiday and my scheduled ‘stay-cation’, I ended up with 7 business days off work, 1 work from home day, and 2 uninterrupted weekends. Not too shabby. I get quite a bit of flack for these at home vacays of mine. No one gets it. “What are you going to do on vacation?” “Stay home?” “Oh.” As in, that’s not a vacation. As in, why the heck would you want to stay home?
We spend so much of our income (30% if you’ve got it right) paying for our houses. How are they an unappealing place to hang out? It’s an opportunity to revel in my biggest expense. Get something extra out of that Big Fat Mortgage. And save money.
The pretty blue dress pictured above is on loan from The BFF. To be used for an upcoming wedding weekend. No purchase necessary. Much as I like new clothes (on occasion), I’m not a fan of buying when I can borrow. Amongst my well established group of friends, there’s a lot of opportunity for that. Especially when you have to time to make the pilgrimage down to The BFF’s abode for a little closet shopping. Money Saved? A lot.
Then I used my week to get ahead on writing (done!). That doesn’t make me any damn money (yet,… someday). If I return packages from my birthday (cha-ching), and sell gift cards from kind hearted gifters who perhaps aren’t aware of my big box restrictions (cha-ching-ching)? Direct revenue production.
On the in-direct front is the opportunity to get lost in management of The Financial Empire. A task usually reserved for a few hours of Sunday Morning. A task The Husband calls me away from because we inevitably have ‘other things’ to do. This was my chance for uninterrupted budget building, for wants vs. needs analysis, for projections and lists of upcoming expenses. I transfered money around. I opened another wrung in my CD Ladder. I spent hours on this, with no one to stop me, and it was lovely.
It’s not that I can’t do these things when I’m working. I do. All the time. Its that with a little time off, chores become enjoyable. The variety of what I can accomplish is greater. My creative juices flow, but not necessarily my money.
That’s a nice switch.
Does anyone else partake in the stay-cation? Do you use the time to engage in creative money saving?