January 4, 2015 – Things I Did This Weekend

Health Goal:
• Walked on treadmill
• Ate sunflower seeds, carrots and celery for snacks
• Drank water
• Joined FitBit group on Facebook and now have friends who are challenging me. The first challenge starts tomorrow – a Work Week Hustle.

Frugal Goal:
• Joined Refund Cents website for coupons/refunds/deals.
• Laid out/hung up clothes to dry instead of using dryer.
• I now have a printer to print out online coupons & rebates. The printer’s black ink cartridge cost ~$14 vs almost $30 for the black ink cartridge for my last printer which wasn’t working well anyway. So in the long run I will save money multiple ways.
• Got food ready for my work lunch tomorrow. I’m doing good with taking things to eat and not blowing money on high cost food at work.
• Made meatloaf with things I already had to eat for several days.

Reading Goal:
• Started reading and commenting on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with a book club I am in on the SparkPeople website.
• Downloaded 2 Kindle First books to read.

Chore Box
• Cleaned bath tub.
• Washed dishes.
• Cleaned kitty litter.
• Vacuumed computer room and bathroom.
• Washed work clothes for the week.

keep coloring outside the lines,

January 4, 2015 – Things I Did This Weekend

January 2015 TBR List

I need to read one book a week to make my goal of 52 books in one year. I figure if I can read during my lunch at work or before I go to bed, this should be an easily accomplished goal. That is as long as I am consistent. Also a few long weekends during the year and I always read a lot during the summer. I like to read while sitting outside. And another thing, as anyone who loves to read can tell you, there are always opportunities to read if you keep a book close at hand. Examples would be during car trips and while waiting on for appointments.

Besides the free Kindle First and free Amazon books, I normally use the online version of my local library. It used to be hard to get books, but now there are a lot. It is just hard to get popular books. But thankfully they have a hold system. Sometimes the hold system takes quite some time due to more than a hundred people waiting on a few copies of the book. No matter to me, except for when I want a book right now to be able to discuss it for a book club selection. Of course you can only check out so many books and they are loaned for 3 weeks at a time.

Since January is the first month, I am going to go with a theme of “first in a series” books. I pass by a lot of authors that have long running series, because it seems too much work to go back and figure out the order of things. And of course, I would have to read them (OCD) from the beginning in order. So to try this out I found some options on my library site – maybe I will find someone new to like!

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Looks like January has the potential to be a very interesting month!
And this doesn’t even include my free Kindle First choice and/or book club choices.

keep coloring outside the lines,

January 2015 TBR List

Free Kindle eBooks 12/13/14

It’s easy to get a lot of free eBooks on the Amazon site. You can input the term free and Kindle in search or you can search within the Kindle part of the website and then just filter from low to high.

I was searching out free, frugal eBooks this morning and found all kinds of things……

925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World  – that is really the name of the book LOL

Stress Proof Your Life (52 brilliant ideas)

The Productive Person Action Guide: How to be more productive and maximize your work-life balance in 2 weeks

The Organizing Checklist: Practical To-Do Lists to Achieve Your Full Potential

Clean Food Diet: Avoid processed foods and eat clean with few simple lifestyle changes(free nutrition recipes)(natural food recipes) (Special Diet Cookbooks & Vegetarian Recipes Collection Book 4)

Salads To Go

Frugal Minimalist – How to Live More Optimally By Saving Money and De-Cluttering Your Life for Beginners (Frugal Minimalist Guide, De-Cluttering Your … Money Tips, Minimalist, Living Optimally)

 

Free Kindle eBooks 12/13/14

Kindle First

I am an Amazon Prime member and have been one for several years. I paid $99 for it this year. I believe it was $79 per year when I first started so if they continue to raise the price…geesh I would hate to think about not having it.

There are good things about being a Prime member. I shop Amazon frequently. Amazon Prime members get instant video, a lot of which is free but free 2-day shipping was the draw for me in the beginning.

I have always loved Amazon. One of the very best things about it (IMHO) are the reviews on every item – unless it is very new on the site. Before I buy anything, even if it isn’t on Amazon I generally check out the reviews to see if I am getting what I think I am getting. I love all of those people who take time to write about their experiences. I can’t thank them enough for all of the FREE advice!!

As an avid reader, I turn to Amazon all the time for book reviews. I do own a Kindle and love it. It was a great investment and will hold more books than I could possibly read in my lifetime. I also like being able to highlight passages and look up words on it.

But one of the coolest things on Amazon for readers is if you have a Kindle and are a Prime member, you are able to pick from four books each month before they are released. I love this!!! Especially because there is almost always a book in a genre I enjoy. So FREE e-book. Good deal I take advantage of every month for 12 free books each year.

This month’s choices are:
Marked (Servants of Fate Book I) by Sarah Fine
The Last Passenger by Manel Loureiro, Andres Alfaro
Fatal Puzzle (Zons Crime Book I) by Catherine Shepherd, Julia Knobloch
Guardians of the Night (A Gideon and Sirius novel) by Alan Russell

I don’t like romantic fantasy, but the others were mystery, thriller and suspense – my kind of books. Reading the descriptions I didn’t know what to choose. None really made me want to pick one over the others. I am not so much into ghosts, but I picked The Last Passenger. The reviews were mostly on one side of really liking or the other of really not.

I started reading it last night and am several chapters in already. So far I am hooked, I hope it continues this way. It started in the past with a coal boat finding a luxury cruise ship deserted. No one knows why. Then in the present, the main character’s husband having already died – I had to wait a bit to find out how. For some reason I was reading in between the lines trying to figure this out until it was told. Now she is working the story (she is a reporter) that her husband, unbeknownst to her, had been working on before he died. And yes, already a ghost or should I say ghosts.

My review later…. I’m off to bed to read 😀

Keep coloring outside the lines
jackie.bzah

Kindle First