Friday, May 9, 2008

How much does your commute cost?

How much does your commute cost? For me, I never thought I'd enjoy being disabled and unable to work outside the home anymore until I watch the cost of gas rising and rising.

I can't imagine what I'd be paying out for gas now. I commuted 45 minutes to work, one way, every day through city traffic. I remember sitting behind the wheel growling as I watched the gage sinking. I still shiver at the thought, even though the only thing I'm allowed to drive now is a handicap bicycle.

I did everything possible to save on gas. I'd do all my shopping on the way home so I didn't have to go out more than necessary. I hated doing that. Sometimes after work I'd be so tired from all the frustrations that I just wanted to go straight home. Unfortunately when you're single, paying the rent and bills on your own you have to watch every penny so you get it all done while you're out.

So, how much does your commute cost? What are you doing to try and save? Are you one of those who ignore the raising cost of gas and are determined to do what you want regardless? How much does your commute cost, plus all the other running around you have to do if you have kids?

If you're not feeling the strain now in the ol' purse or wallet, you will be before long. Eventually the rising costs will catch up with everyone, regardless of your income.

For those like myself who don't have the mega bucks coming in each month, we need ways to either supplement what's being used up in the tank and on groceries by finding more convenient ways of shopping.

I rely heavily on the internet for most of my shopping needs. is my favourite hot spot for close on everything. I love Amazon. I've also taken to eBay!

Plus, I rely on Avon. It's helped me a lot becoming an Avon rep. I get all kinds of discounts on personal items and other stuff. I buy in bulk when there's a great deal on stuff like Skin So Soft. I might be able to get $59 worth for only $21.50, like I did this month. Since there's around 100 uses for Skin So Soft it's the perfect buy!

I love multi-use items and I'm surprised when I hear someone say they don't care if an item is or not. I'm mean, doesn't it make sense to try and save money by buying products that can do more than one thing? Wouldn't it help with the family budget?

Anyway, that much Skin so Soft probably sounds like a lot, right? But! The benefit is there's around 100 uses for it, so you can go through a lot. Plus, I can make some extra money by selling some to my friends and customers or do like I did today, I gave the Skin So Soft spray pump to my mom for Mother's Day!

She was really happy to get it because she loves all the things she can do with it. Within minutes after I gave it to her, she was diluting it in water and sprayed her dogs to kill the fleas! Talk about a great, useful gift! She also uses it to keep the ants out of her kitchen (they're a bloody nuisance).

So, do you see what I'm saying? There are easy time saving routes to helping save money and ease the burden on the family budget. One of those ways is becoming an Avon rep and save by buying in bulk and use the extra to make money. Which, by the way, there's a lot of women who become a rep for that reason alone. They're not into selling, but they like the personal discounts.

On the other hand, you don't have to be a rep to save. You can save time and travel money by ordering your personal items, educational kids toy, home decorating, clothes, etc. by shopping Avon online. I have family and friends who absolutely love this new aspect of Avon. They shop whenever they want and their order is shipped directly to their door. Reps, like myself, also offer coupon codes for free shipping! How awesome is that?

So, if you're looking for ways to save - think buying Avon online. And if you're looking for an extra income - think about becoming an Avon rep.

Get creative! Keep looking for those bargains, and while you're at it take a look at what Avon has to offer you online - you just might be surprised at what you'll find!

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