Rob and I were once again chosen as a Neilsen Rating Household. Those of you that know us well – are probably laughing histerically. Other’s don’t understand why it’s funny at all. I am writing this because we get so much grief for having the money and taking multiple vacations every year. So I wanted to give you some things to think about.
Each morning Rob dutifully sits down to flip the Neilsen Ratings Survey Page from “yesterday”, to “today”. But he doesn’t have to write a thing down because we don’t watch TV. We have not turned on our television since the winter olympics early in 2018, and most likely the Chicago Cubs World Series before that. We are a special event ONLY Neilsen household. But the survey only wants to know what we watched today, so we continue turning the page, and writing nothing down!
If you think about it – I bet you could say that we trade our TV time for Vacations. By not turning on the TV – we have plenty of money to take several very nice vacations each year. What would you choose vacation or your favorite nightly Tv show?
Let me explain.
First of all we have no Cable Bill. I know – not paying for cable isn’t going to net you enough money for multiple vacations. But here is another way to look at it.
Time is money. The more time you waste in front of the TV, the less money you can have. What does that have to do with it you ask? With our extra time we either save or generate more money!
Rob and I do a lot of food prep. We eat well and we make most of it ourselves. For instance – a bacon wrapped filet dinner out could cost between $50 and $150 at a restaurant. It is one of the fastest, easiest and best meals we prepare at home for as little as $15.
Rob grows a HUGE vegetable garden! In the Spring he plants. In the Summer he waters. Each fall before we head out on one of our amazing trips Rob spends evenings making and canning things like spagetti sauce, barbecuse sauce, canned tomatos for use in chili, pizza sauce and other things most of you buy at the grocery store. This food is not free, it costs time, but time is money.
Lynn keeps the house clean and does all of the laundry. We keep all of our shoes in the garage which really minimizes the amount of cleaning it takes to keep our home clean. Hey – that’s a no brainer right? If you don’t bring any dirt in, you don’t have to clean it up. How many of you pay someone to dust and vaccum each week, while you spend your spare time watching TV?
We limit our “Eating Out”. Rob carries a business card with check boxes for different eating out values. We are allowed an assortment each month. You know like 4 – $20 meals and only 1 – $60 meal at a restaurant. The total adds to our monthly “eating out” budget. When all the boxes are checked, we are done, until next month.
Rob mows the lawn and we both do maintenance outdoors. If you live in a condo, you can’t do this yourself to save money.
We work late in our home office. Most evenings after enjoying a very nice dinner together (when you might be headed to the sofa) we return to our home office to finish up something. The extra time allows us to clear our plate for a fresh start tomorrow. Even if you work for someone else you could get a jump on tomorrow by cleaning up your email, or doing a little laptop work at home. Better use of your time will yield higher productivity and ultimately more MONEY!
It’s not all about saving or making money though. For the most part, these things that we do are things we enjoy doing.
What do you enjoy?
Is there something you could do instead of watching TV, that would free up YOUR money for Vacations! – – – – I bet there is….
Finally – when you are ready to shop for your vacation, call a travel agent. They are experts at what they do. You can continue earning or saving money while they find you the best deal on a vacation. Rob and I like Cruises and Cruises Inc. always has the best deals! They have a nice website but call them when you are ready to book – they can even find better deals than you see some times…..