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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Consider spending more time on...

just about everything. One of the most common excuses for: not taking public transportation, shopping at expensive 'convenience' stores, frequenting 'fast food' places, not exercising, impulse buying, buying pre-packaged meals, expensive gas, expensive airline tickets, you name it, is "I don't have time."

Make time. How many times have you ran a red light? How many times, in a more relaxed mood, have you commented to the passengers in your car- "I can't believe that guy ran a red light, it's not like he's going to get there any faster."

Think. Consider. You probably do have time. You need to arrange your priorities. If your priority is family relationships, then spending time cooking with them, eating with them, and talking to your family is worth the time you spent buying and preparing fresh food. If your family is a priority, than your life insurance better be paid up if you're running red lights, because your actions don't mesh with what matters most to you.

If your future retirement, college savings, and your personal finances are a priority, its worth the time to check out airfare savings sites such as Expedia and Travelocity, and its well worth the time to plan far enough in advance (of anything) to get the best rates.

While I'm not an extreme adherent to the 'slow living' lifestyle, there are a lot of things there we can all take advantage of to add value to our lives, in monetary and emotional terms.

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