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Blogging Has Helped OUR Economy

Since I started spending time in the 'blogosphere' my husband has noticed a change in our checking account. The change is that there is a little more "change" in it.

Before I began writing my little stories, this was a typical family morning routine: wake-up to the alarm, make coffee, get my girls up, make breakfast, get everyone dressed, drive to school THEN go browse at Target, or Kohl's, or Michael's. You get the picture. There would always be a little something that caught my eye, or something that would look adorable on my girls. Nothing absolutely necessary, it was pure frivolity.

Well, now my browsing is done on the computer, meeting fellow bloggers and following their morning routines, or train of thought, or lovely creations. I've found that my shopping now consist's of the grocery store and Etsy. I know this doesn't help the nations economy however, it's great for our family's economy! And that's where my focus needs to be right now.

Have you noticed a change in your spending habits since you started blogging?

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20 comments:

  1. Actually, buying from the crafters on Etsy is a fabulous thing... indie artists need (and deserve) the support! And aren't handmade things the best?
    Good for you! :)

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  2. yeah, my habit is that i spend way too much time on the computer now lol

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  3. I think you make a very good point! I have not thought about that way, and I did buy a NEW LAPTOP that makes my blogging easier since I don't have to share the computer anymore in the evenings! I do notice that my evening snacking is WAY DOWN... I'm not "lonely" anymore, with blogging there is always someone to visit with!

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  4. I know! I agree! I still spend way too much, but the frugal bloggers help me too. It's a win/win...I was going to do this post too! we can compare notes..lol {great minds think alike}

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  5. Now that you mention it I have started spending less friviously since spending time blogging. I don't know if it is the time spent on blogging is time not shopping but that makes sense.

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  6. I can't possibly spend any money I am glued to the computer all day. :) No, seriously I do not know if it was blogging but I am definitely pending less these days.

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  7. I think I am spending less, now that you mention it!

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  8. You're absolutely right! All the more excuse to intensify the obsession!

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  9. Yes, I concur. Online window shopping (and not buying!) and blogging have really helped our 'bottom line'. I think we should celebrate with a nice bottle of wine! ;)

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  10. I totally hear you on this! I started "saving" money when Delaney started kindergarten, no more dropping her off at preschool and finding every store in the area that opened at 9am! And with Starbucks right next door, that was always my first stop! Now that we walk the 3 blocks to school with no coffee shops on the way, I've been saving!!

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  11. OMG...you scare me (in a good way). I was just talking with Mr. Virgo about this! I can't imagine how much $$ I have saved since blogging! Now I am on the computer a lot...but I am not wasting time in Target, Michales or Kohl's. Which incidentally, were my EXACT stomping grounds after drop-off... (insert twilight zone theme song here).

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  12. Oh...you have to watch the video I posted...seriously, not as bad as you think! You will be blown away! I have watched about 10 times already!

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  13. Yes, blogging makes a difference. It's really fun when those advertising checks arrive. Small checks, but fun!

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  14. You know you're right! I do think I am spending less time out shopping and more time on the computer. Though I do like to shop online...but I think I've been spending less!

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  15. Yes, I spend far too much time on the computer and do spend more online than I used to. I'm still a whizz if let loose in a shop - thankfully its not too often!!!

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  16. ooooh but I am SO addicted to Etsy!!!! Combine that with a new sewing machine and I'm waaaay to dangerous! It also doesn't help that I know my credit card number AND security code. Ahh! Somebody stop me!

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  17. Wow, Ann, this was not what I expected!

    I thought you were going to say that you had begun making money from your blog, and I was all set to congratulate you on your readership and other things. I have been assuming that the ads you carry were from advertisers who came to you -- as far as I can see, you are pretty dang popular. (And with good reason.) Well, congrats, after all, and on being newly frugal as well.

    P.S. Through the BlogHer ad network I have now earned -- wait for it -- $25 cumulative in the last 10 months of being with them!! Unfortunately they don't cut you a check until/unless you earn $25 a month. I think. Drat. Too bad I can't spend, like, symbolic money.

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  18. I have to say that adding a baby to our family last year changed my spending habits quite a bit!! I am looking forward to August, when Logan will start kindergarten and we'll be able to pay a little less in daycare expenses!

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  19. Oh my gosh, yes! That's so funny!

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