Rethink Thrifty

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted some tips for saving money and the reason is that I’ve been busy earning — and spending — it. We thrifty types love to find ways to pinch a penny, but recently I started to wonder if we’re taking the right approach. The purpose of being thrifty is to live well and live within our means, but what if our means expanded? Not by winning the lottery or suddenly getting that far-off promotion, but in incremental steps by using our talents to earn a little money on the side.

We all have talents that others are willing to pay for, we just need to find them. What are your talents? Can you fix a boat or paint a house or bake a wedding cake or design a website? If you want help cultivating your talents, visit the library and check out some books on the subject.

During the month of June, I used my technology skills and my ability to work well with children to get a job teaching a computer class for kids. It felt great knowing that my skills were valuable enough to earn a little money on the side. I used that money to take a vacation earlier this month. The picture to the right was taken in the Black Hills National Forest during my trip to Mount Rushmore.

Would I have been able to take a vacation if I hadn’t gotten some extra work? Probably. But it felt great not pinching pennies.