As I type this I am sitting in a hotel room. A double queen, on the fourth floor, with a college student and two dogs and the attendant paraphanalia. I've left my house, with my buyers closing to day and my closing tomorrow morning. After a day of lunches and goodbyes, we will head to Denver on Friday morning. I have been through some creative packing and housecleaning the past couple of days, and my truck is jam packed.
For those interested, other than my massive bedroom set, very little was sold or downsized. I kept all my possessions, leaving behind the chaise portion of a three piece sectional, the aforementioned bedroom set and a very old patio set.. Everything is packed in cheek to jowl and opening the door could result in risk of life and limb. I'm still figuring out how to get my suitcases, two dogs. a sewing machine and all of my files into my Nissan Murano.
Being on the go as much I have been, I'm reminded that my so called "smart phone" is not only smart, it is worth it's weight in gold. While I am always looking to compare prices and make smart choices, this little tool is extremely important to life, at least mine! Please understand that I am not always connected to the internet, and that I am fully capable of going to dinner, a movie, take a hike, or spend time with family without using my phone.
On the other hand, in just the past week, I have been able (simply by clicking on an app), to see the start times of four different movies at the same theater when I was out and decided on a spur of the moment film. I was also able to access my email, and use two coupons for a free drink with medium popcorn. I was able to use another app and see where the lowest price for gas was in my general area (extremely helpful with a twenty gallon tank). By using my CVS, Kroger, Joannes crafts and Michales apps, I was able to get up to fifty percent off various needed items. As I was driving away from the house to do other urgent errands, I was able to take two photos and then place them on craigslist under the "free section" so that I could get someone to pick up these good usable items so that I would not have to trash them.
Admittedly not everything I do on my phone has immediate frugal benefits, and some of the things I do just make my life easier-frugal or not. However, I figure that working efficiently (be it for work, play, or financial reasons) generally makes good financial sense. And I am the least logical, organized, or motivated person on the planet-or at least in my personal shpere. Every day, no matter where I am, I can use my phone to track my calories (on my fitness pal), as well as my walking times even has I am walking. I can track my expenses, and take a credit card for immediate payment at any time in pament for services or quilts. I have quilting calculator, so I can calculate exact yardage needed for quilts or other projects.
Many of the things I have done laterly could have been done on my desktop or lap top. During this time, however, I seem to be spending a fair amount of time out of the house (be it on the road, in class or elsewhere) and appreciate the fact that I do not HAVE to wait that long on occasion. As I drive cross country, being able to have my phone to access the information I need is a godsend, let me tell you!
Meanwhile, I hope to be in Denver by Sunday and heading off on the next portion of my living richly in retirement journey. I'll be settling in with my sister, and exploring the greater Denver area. I've already begun planning a spring road trip. I've registered for an art class. I look forward to eating out (and eating in) more often with my family. And, as always, I cannot wait to settle in and resume life in a much more low key way. I'm looking forward to quilting, sleeping late again, reading a few books a week, and voluntering as part of my relaxed retirement routine. I am more than ready!