Bookworm Wednesday: The Fringe Hours

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As I announced earlier this year, Wednesdays here on the blog this year are going to be short and sweet, yet personal. I want to get to know you better and help you get to know me better. I want to build relationships.

I am still working on figuring out exactly what that is going to look like, but for now I am sharing mostly things from my week that made me go…”Hmm, wonder what my audience would say about this.”

The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You

As you might know from reading my monthly goals or from following me on Instagram, one of my passions is reading and when I find a book that lines up with what I believe so perfectly as The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You does, I can’t help but share it with everyone.

So I decided I would create Bookworm Wednesdays and when I find one of those ‘Oh so good I have to share’ books, I will share it with you on Wednesday.

Two Quotes From The Fringe Hours That Made Me Go, “Oh, Girl. You Get Me!”

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I love the quote from The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You in the picture above. It is my life philosophy on so many levels.

I have talked about my family’s good enough attitude and how it effects our finances in a positive way before and I have also talked about how this same attitude is one reason I can find as much time as I do to blog without taking too much time from building the important relationships in my life.

I think women especially needed to be reminded almost daily that trying to create a perfect home, a perfect physical image, a perfect job report, and on and on is going to leave you ragged. You need time to refill you, and in our busy lives as homemakers the only way to make that time is to let certain things slide.

Talk with family members about what is enough when it comes to keeping the home tidy, to preparing meals each night, etc–it might not be as much as you think.

Quote from The Fringe Hours

Jessica was preaching to the choir when my eyes fell on this quote above in her book.

I think some people mistake my blog as only a thrifty lifestyle blog, but if you read my blog mission it is to…

Help moms find the time and money they need to pursue their passions while maintaining balance in their lives.

I want you, as a homemaker, to manage your money well so that you can have money to invest in you. Money to put into the passions that refuel you and help you go on to fuel those you love within your household.

Yes, I write money saving tips, but I also write time saving tips as well. Money and time were the two things that use to hold me back from pursuing passions, but then I found both a way to carve out more fringe hours in my day as well as ways to earn money or save money in some of those fringe hours that I could then use to spend on activities that refueled me in other fringe hours.

If you are struggling with trying to find time for you or you know what time you could be using but you won’t because you feel guilty taking time out for yourself, read The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You. The book addresses both issues, You will come away realizing that you are worth investing time in and you will also discover where exactly to fit that time into your day, your week, your month, and your year.

What book have you read lately that has caused you to go, “Oh yeah, girl. You get me!”

psst…want to know how I pay for my love or reading? Check out this article.

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2016 Goal Update: January

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Goals for 2016

Here is how I did in January with my goals for 2016.

My Mind

Read one business book each month

I listened to Do Over by Jon Acuff on the Hoopla app this month. I learned that he and I don’t define hustle the same way, but I might just switch to his definition because then that would mean I do hustle, it is just that blogging isn’t my main hustle. Nope, I do what the author of Do Over defines as the family hustle. I work hard on my blog in the spare moments, but my number one job is helping to launch 4 amazing products into the world, my 3 children and my husband.

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After finding the Hoopla app through my local library website this month, I am not sure if I will continue to use Audible after my free trial ends mid February. The app has a great selection of business books in audio form and it is free.

 You can try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks when you use this link (words in blue).

tri-goalsMy Fitness

Return to cross-training

This month I concentrated just on yoga. I have never taken a yoga class before so I was a little bit nervous, after all I can’t even touch my toes.

I am now a month in and am hooked. I plan to continue classes three mornings a week for the rest of the year.

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I even invested in some wild workout capris just for yoga–bought new with tags through ThredUp (psst…use my referral link to sign up and you get $10 in credit off your first purchase)

In February I plan to add in one to two days of swimming to my workout regime.

I really miss running, but I am taking it just one plantar fasciitis approved sport at a time until my foot is good and healed. Unfortunately running is so not a plantar fasciitis friendly exercise.

 

Just one treat--goal 2016My Eating

One daily treat only

This is not going well. I knew it would be my hardest goal and boy, was I right. Still, I am making some progress down to 1 treat. Perhaps 5 days out of 7 and then 2 treats the other two days. I need to work on portion control though, sometimes my one treat was a bit on the large size.

Date dayMy Marriage

1 date day a month with my hubby.

My husband and I had a 1/2 date day in January. We got home from church around 11:00 a.m. one Sunday and marched right upstairs to our bedroom to take a nap. After snoozing for an hour or so we had lunch and headed out to see the new Star Wars movie. We finished up our date with dinner out.

30 times 12 challengeMy Home

Get rid of 30 items in my home each and every month.

I tossed 30 items for January and it was much easier than I thought to find those items. I think our home breeds clutter.

Blog goalMy Business

Finish an eBook.

Final word count

THE ROUGH DRAFT OF MY EBOOK IS DONE!!! Sorry to yell, but I am so stinking excited. It will still be a while until it is ready for purchase, but it feels good to have the words out of my brain and on paper.

One new recipeMy Culinary Creativity

Try one new recipe a month.

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I made a new recipe out of two recipes I already love. All the details will be on the blog next Monday. Let’s just say for now that the experiment was a yummy success.

Set a wow goal!My WOW Goal

As in the past 2 years, my WOW goal is something I am going to share just with a select few. This year’s isn’t blog related but it is still big and going to be a challenge.

Update: Going slow on this goal but progress is progress right?

One!

My Word For 2016

This. Is. So. Hard! So many times this month I have gotten off track in one of my goals and then remembered–one thing.

I think I will be listening to a chapter or two of the book that inspired the word ONE as my word for 2016 each and every month just to help me keep focus.

How did you do with your goals this month? Share with me in the comments.

 

Want to set goals but not even sure how to go about achieving them? Crystal Paine’s eBook, 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life, can help. Inside the pages of this book you will learn how to break down your goals into achievable steps and how to find time in your day to achieve them. I read this eBook in an afternoon and it revolutionized how I set and break down goals.  I went from thinking I could to knowing I could.

Grab your copy of 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life today and start achieving your goals.

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10 Things Thrifty People Want Salespeople To Know

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This post has been inspire by a scope (on periscope) I watched recently. In the scope, the person was talking about how salespeople can successfully sell items without being pushy. During the scope, offering freebies to entice new customers was mentioned and I couldn’t help but notice that this suggestion got a lot of backlash.

10 things thrifty people want salespeople to know.

Commenters were saying that this suggestion would just bring out the cheapskates and they don’t buy anything. It got me thinking as to why I, as a thrifty person, don’t agree with those statements. Yes, I do claim free samples. No, I don’t claim them just because they are free–and the reason why I don’t is part of the science of how to sell to a thrifty person.

(psst…if you want to check out the scope, it was by Crystal Paine and you can check it out here on Katch.me)

10 Things Thrifty People Want Salespeople To Know

1. We are not cheapskates

Right off the bat, let’s clear up a common misconception: thrifty is not a synonym for cheapskate.

Cheapskate is defined as a stingy person, whereas thrifty is defined as someone who uses money or other resources carefully. That word ‘stingy’–which means reluctant to give or spend–is key in recognizing the difference between the two.

Cheapskate people don’t like to spend money on anything. Thrifty people do spend money, they just do so wisely.

2. We love free samples

A cheapskate is going to take advantage of free, but never going to spend a dime. However, thrifty people see more value in a free sample than just the zero price tag.

Thrifty people see free samples as a chance to test out merchandise before they buy. For instance, when it comes to bloggers who have turned into authors, I always like to read their blog first or even download their free for subscriber mini-eBooks just to see if I like their writing style first before spending money on their books.

If I like their writing, I will purchase their books. Granted, it probably won’t be at full price, but I will purchase it.

I have applied this to other areas of my spending as well.

3. We love honest reviews

If you want to sell to thrifty people, I recommend that your sales page includes at least half a dozen testimonials and not just those that make you look like the most perfect person on the planet. I want to see a few 3-star reviews as well as the 5-star ones so that I can compare and contrast.

The three star review person might be complaining about an aspect of the product that doesn’t relate to me or it is something I would love to see in a product even though they didn’t like it.

Here is a secret: if I see a page with all 5-star reviews, I am leery about buying. I wonder if you have edited peoples opinions or paid for the reviews in some way.

4. We are slow to make decisions

Because we like to sample the product and read all the reviews, when thrifty people make a decision it doesn’t tend to be fast.

Do not make the mistake of making a thrifty person feel rushed. If I feel rushed, I am going to walk away and you will lose my sale altogether.

Instead, feed my fact finding fuel by giving me more information about your product, both pros and cons, so I can make a wise buying decision

5. We value quality

I have seen many salespeople go wrong with my thrifty family by telling us all the reasons why theirs is the lowest price around. I already know that the store I am in or the site I am on has low prices, what I want to know is does you product stand the test of time? Will that inexpensive coffee table be able to put up with my teenage boys landing on it when they are rough housing with each other?  Will your book really save me money? Show me how! What makes your product valuable to me beyond the low price tag?

6. We don’t always buy the lowest price item

This goes with the point above, the lowest price doesn’t always win. Sometimes my thrifty family will spend more money due to the quality of an item. Service is another thing that will make thrifty people be willing to spend more with you than with another company with the same product.

For example, our thrifty family buys bikes at a locally owned bike store simply because his service rocks! His prices are significantly more than big box stores for bikes, but he stands behind his product, and frankly the bikes he sells are better quality than those at big box stores (I discovered this the hard way in the years before I found my local bike store).

Our local bike store owner is friendly, he remembers names, fixes small issues for free and goes out of his way in serving his costumers well.

7. We like to reward excellence

Because I love my local bike dealer so much I share his name with whoever needs a bike. I take the time to drop his store name and perhaps a picture of his store or his product on my social media sites whenever he once again gives us excellent service.

I have also done this with the car dealership that sold us our last two cars. I loved how they handled us during the buying process so much I recommended them to other families. So far that dealership has received 6 vehicle sales from our thrifty family.

However, I recently went into another dealership simply because they had a car I wanted to test drive on their lot. In the short time I was there they did 3 things that made me feel more like a dollar figure than a person and I was turned off and walked away. I won’t be recommending them to anyone, especially since then they have now called me numerous times to ask if I have reconsidered my decision or if they can help me in some way. That is just TOO PUSHY.

8. We love to share a great deal

Thrifty people are givers and if you give them something worth sharing they will. You can help a thrifty person share your great deal or amazing product by adding share buttons to your sites that don’t require us to click more than one or two buttons to share.

9. We do purchase non-essentials

This is another big misconception about thrifty people. Those who are not thrifty seem to think those who are thrifty never spend money on more than the bare minimum of shelter, food, and clothing.

Come over to my house and before you even get in the front door you will see this simply isn’t true. In our driveway you will find two older, but totally unnecessary, jet skis.

The trick is attracting the right thrifty people to your product. You see, each thrifty person or family has different passions and therefore different priorities for the discretionary money in our budgets.

10. We dislike sales noise

Thrifty people are wise consumers. We can smell a sales pitch from a mile away. Drop the sales pitch and just let your product speak for itself and you will have more chances selling to us thrifty folks.

How do you let your product speak for itself? By doing the 9 points above well. Provide thrifty people with hands on experience with your product (free samples), show us what others think of your product (honest reviews), show us that you truly do care about us (excellent service), give us time to think (no sending us an email 2 minutes after we leave your site asking us why we didn’t purchase), and then share a great deal with us. Not only will we bite, but we will share it with our other thrifty friends (just make sure that you make it easy to share because we are also thrifty with our time).

If you are thrifty, share one thing you want salespeople to know so they can serve you better in the comment section below this post.

Bonus Tip: Thrifty people love thrifty hubs

If you are wondering what I mean by a thrifty hub, I am talking about a one-stop shop place where thrifty people can find out about great deals going on for either products you sell or for products that you are affiliated with that they might want to purchase.

Deals so good I have to share.

Being thrifty and a blogger, I created my own thrifty hub right here on the blog. You can visit it by clicking on the “Hot Deals” tab found at the top of the banner for this website (if you are reading on a PC or Laptop).

I also share a link to it in my newsletter each and every week. You can sign up here. I don’t send out every update to my subscribers, that would be too much sales noise, instead I let them know the page is there for them to visit whenever they want and remind them of it in each newsletter.

On my hot deals page you will find high value coupons, freebie offers, sweepstakes listings, Kindle deals, and more.

I update it whenever I find a great thrifty deal that I just can’t keep to my thrifty self.

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