Monday, August 4, 2008


So, James recently came up with an idea that I really like, and we put it into action for the first time tonight. We decided that when we save up to buy things that are sort of frivolous, or fun, or basically just things we don't actually need, we will save up an extra 25% of the cost of that thing and spend it to help someone else somehow.

So, this weekend, being the undying BYU fans that we are, we bought the horrendously more-expensive-than-last-year All Sports Passes, even with the annoying extra fees. So, we spent a proportionate amount of money buying school supplies for children in an orphanage in Mexico.

We decided to make an FHE activity of it, and we walked down to K-mart (about 20 minutes from our house) and just grabbed a cart and went crazy. Let me just say that throwing school supplies willy nilly into a shopping cart is lots of fun. We went a bit over our budget, but it was totally worth it. I would recommend it to anyone.

And the bonus to it all, I think taking walks with my husband is one of my favorite things that we do together (you know, besides spending money). We have some of the best discussions. Like today, we planned what we would do with a billion dollars. Good news for all of you, if you're related to us you get a million even. If we like you, you might get a couple thousand. And if you make me cupcakes, I will buy you a house.


Stephanie-jean Weber said...

hum... what kind of cupcakes would you like dear!?

Anonymous said...

I totally want to implement your idea!! Have you seen the roll-up crayons that work like mechanical pencils so they don't break?

Jessica Wilde said...

I'm so glad I'm related! I've often thought of that billion dollar's so much fun!

Christian & Jennifer said...

I make EXCELLENT cupcakes. And I make LOTS of cupcakes. Like, an un-ending supply for life. And mine are much better than anyone else's (sorry to the first commenter). I love your idea, too. I think it's an excellent way to recognize how blessed we really are to have the extra $$ to be able to save up for frivolous things . . . a lot of people in this world don't have that luxury and this is a wonderful way to acknowledge the blessing of living in this country and having an education and good jobs!

Tracie said...

I also think this idea is a great one. You've inspired me. I'm always looking for ways to help people.

Anyway, love the first pic of you and James! You look so cute!

Elizabeth West Bunton said...

You look fantastic in that first picture. I like your hair cut.