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Stop paying for bottled water. In most cases, you can drink your tap water. I get it. Your tap water may not be drinkable, or it could taste bad, but you still have options. You can find reports of tap water quality here. Tap water is regulated in most countries, just like bottled water, and in some cases more so. Instead of buying thousands of bottles of water each year (by the way, 64% of bottled water is tap water), consider getting a water filter, like this simple Brita Filtered Pitcher. If you have really bad water, and that filter isn’t enough, try a reverse osmosis water filtration system like this. It’s a higher cost upfront, but it will pay for itself over time.
We don’t watch a lot of TV, but when we do, we try to watch something worthwhile. When we let the kids watch cartoons, we usually turn to Superbook on YouTube. They create high-quality cartoons on Biblical stories.
When it comes to decluttering, you have to do what works for you. We’re all different and different systems resonate with different people. Find the system that works for you. There are specific methods, games, and systems to declutter quickly or slowly.
If you feel overwhelmed (especially mentally), then I highly suggest 10% Happier by Dan Harris. Basically it’s strategies for life written by someone who was skeptical of strategies for life. He wasn’t some self-help guru; he’s just a regular guy who was so stressed out that he had a panic attack on national television. He was forced to learn effective strategies to deal with stress, anxiety, and daily living. His strategies and ideas are practical. They work.
Teach your kids the power of automation. There is no need, with technology today, to pay your bills manually. You can automate investing, saving, utilities, monthly bills, and even giving. That’s exactly what I do. Automate everything you can, and you’re left with a small amount to budget each month. You can even automate budgeting to an extent with the tools above, by connecting your accounts and having the categories sorted automatically for each expense. You can take the time, in the beginning, to set your finances on a system of automation. That leaves you focusing on a small percentage to actually make the spending decisions.
When it comes to travel documents like passports/visas, travel itineraries, and even other sacred documents like birth certificates, you can store them online in a secure system like Dropbox, which can be accessed on a computer or through the app on your phone. It’s a great backup in case something happens.
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
What’s one negative habit in your life that provides you no value and only takes away from your life? Is this something you could stop today? Or set a course today to stop this month or year?