Fierce Women Dish

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December 18, 2008

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Are you turning over a new style leaf with the new year?  Are you planning on making more of an effort to look put together when you leave the house?  Cleaning out the wardrobe that doesn’t fit you any longer and finding perfect pieces for the person you are today?  Consulting a stylist to find your signature look?  Getting a great new haircut that you can maintain?  Learning how to do make-up that is just right for you?  Dressing for the job you want and not the one you have?    

 

Rosie Molinary is putting together a series for the Charlotte Observer to run several times in 2009 about style resolutions and Charlotteans making them, and she’d love to include you.  If you are a greater Charlotte resident and have a style resolution for 2009, she’d like to hear from you.  Email her your resolution (hijasamericanas@gmail.com), your reason for it, and a little about yourself by January 5.  Thanks so much!

 

How to save money in this economy

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Donna

-Organizing food and household shopping more, which includes:            

Clipping and actually USING Coupons. This only happens if I clip weekly and organize them into a coupon organizer.

Warehouse shopping for items that are cheaper there (dairy products, paper and cleaning products) and using coupons there as well (BJ’s takes them, and will allow multiple coupons for multi packs!) 

Arranging the shopping trips to the various stores so that I can make less trips overall and run errands as I am driving to other places…the crazy gas crisis earlier this year helped me realize the true benefit of this.

-Eating out less. This is a no-brainer. But with Trader Joe’s in town now, eating creatively and cheaply is much easier!

When I DO meet friends for dinner, we really seek out the deal:  ½ appetizers or bottles of wine/beer specials, etc.  Many restaurants have these during the earlier hours of 5:30-7 or so.  You can also request the lunch portion all day at many places.

-Ask your budget minded friends where they are finding their stuff these days!

The best info on the real deals comes from other people. Ex: I have one friend that is our group’s resident wine expert and I always ask her what her new (cheaper) wine favorites are…she NEVER leads me wrong. 

-Borrowing, when I can, rather than buying. This is how I have read most of my book club books. We just pass them around.

-Reusing and reinventing instead of just buying new. I make a little game out of  coming up with new outfits from what I already own– especially around this time of year where there are more social events and I get to tap into the festive side of the closet!

-Spending less on gifts overall…especially for the kids. I tend to go overboard every year with my nieces, nephews and godchildren and I realize in the long run it’s not gonna matter how many gifts I give them because they are fortunate kids and have a lot.

-Putting off big purchases until absolutely necessary. Ex: My car is a 1997 model with 160,000 miles on it.  It’s been ready to go for about a year and but I still cannot bring myself to even look for a new one right now. I will have to when my hand is forced.  Is refusing to spend money a way to save money? I am not sure, but I am doing it.

Roise

-If you have children, buy staple wardrobe items at end of season sales for next week.  A winter coat in February can be purchased at a steal and you just buy it in your child’s size for next winter.

-Track all your expenses each week.  At our house, we have an envelope where we drop our receipts each day and on Sundays we look them over to see how much we spent, where we spent it, discuss how we can do better, and make plans for the upcoming week.

-Grocery shop with a list in hand.  Plan your meals for the upcoming week, put only what you need on the list, and try to work from your pantry.  For every week items like toilet paper, buy bulk.

-Create a monthly and yearly budget— especially if you feel like you are always being reactive.  Total up all your monthly stable and variable expenses, multiply them out by 12 to see what you will likely spend on that item in a year, total up what you have to bring in to cover everything and plan from there.  Sometimes we think it’s okay to spend X dollars in a month on something but then when we see what that will cost us over the course of a year, it becomes a lot less palpable and you decide to make some sort of change.

Jenee

-Since I work in the service industry my income is never contestant.  I have made a list of monthly bills and track at the end of each week what I have made and how much I owe.  Putting things in list form really allows me to tangible see what my finances are doing (sometimes a very scary thing)

-I NEVER used to go grocery shopping…I always ate out! Now I save that for Saturday nights only.

At the grocery store I have been figuring out what I can buy that will last me the longest.  I made a HUGE batch of veggie chili that has lasted me a month for 15 dollars!

I clip coupons and pay attention to the vic savings

Never go to the grocery store hungry!

-I have a tendency to shop online a lot…now I give myself 2 weeks before I buy anything, most times I have forgotten all about it

I have started to spend more time buying accessories instead of clothing…new belt and new purse for 20 dollars is much better then buying a whole new outfit!

-When I go out I only bring cash…

 

Workshops Hosted by Rosie! December 9, 2008

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This Year, I Will Finally…

Every January, millions of people make New Year’s Resolutions that are long forgotten by February.  In this workshop, participants will use journaling and discussion to focus in on a significant goal for the coming year and put a plan in place for achieving it. 

 

Date:  January 15, 2009 

Time:  4 pm – 5:30 pm 

Location: The Warehouse PAC, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, NC

Cost:  $22    

     

Writing Your Life

 

Self-reflection gives us a much needed pause.  It allows us a moment of inquiry, a moment to identify desire and potential.  Generating awareness and then moving to personal solutions takes time and thought, brainstorming and checking in, enough repetition to want to change our choices and build a new habit, and the knowledge of why this habit will be good for us when we want to revert.  Journaling predisposes us to a more successful embrace of our self and our choices.  In this workshop, participants will discuss the importance of journaling and will actively engage in a range of journaling tools and practices.  The first ten participants to sign up each receive a comprehensive journaling workbook as part of their class fees to encourage them in their practice.

 

Date:  January 20, 2009 

Time:  7 pm – 7:30 pm 

Location: The Warehouse PAC, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, NC

Cost:  $22    

 

 

Discovering Your Belief

 

This I Believe is a popular NPR series that invites everyday people to share a brief essay on something they absolutely believe to be true.  From the simple to the profound, essayists selected by NPR share their beliefs in radio spots aired locally and nationally.  In this workshop, participants will begin brainstorming and drafting a This I Believe statement that they may wish to complete and submit to NPR on their own for consideration.     

 

Date:  January 22, 2009 

Time:  4 pm – 5:30 pm 

Location: The Warehouse PAC, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius, NC

Cost:   $22

 

To sign up for any of these workshops, email me or call (704) 859-5930.
Sign up for all three workshops for a total fee of $55.