This week's spin is
Turning Dollars into SENSE!Don't you love that title? How clever...
I think everyone has felt the impact of our weakened economy. If you haven't felt it, you might think of emerging from under that rock once in a while and go buy groceries or insurance or anything (and everything) else that has inflated.
Here is how I have pinched a few pennies.
No, I haven't given it up. I haven't cut down. I just found a resource for it.
1. Go to your supplier (in this case, my m.i.l.) and start randomly doing favors for that person. Perhaps he or she will offer you money right after you clean their windshield. Decline. It might be tempting to EARN money for your fix, but resist. You will get yours.
2. The next time you know of your supplier going to pick up a shipment, casually mention that you are out and need some of "the good stuff". Don't appear too eager. Be cool, man.
3. When you pick up your "order" remind your supplier of all the favors you did but do so with a smile. "Remember last week when I cleaned out your gutters? Ha ha! That was fun! Thank you for letting me do that. I really enjoyed it." By the time you reach for your wallet your dealer will certainly say, "oh, don't worry about it. Its on me."
4. After you repeat this process several times, your dealer will be trained to just pick you up some of that which you jones and deliver it to your home without expecting to be paid.
Just in case you run out before the next shipment, its ok to call your dealer to "hang out" at his/her house. After you are caught up on all the news and during the first conversational lull, say, "Mmm... doesn't (fill in the blank with your addiction) sound good right now?"
Have you figured out what my addiction is? Crack? No. Booze? Ew. No. It is coffee. And not just any coffee, the best coffee in the world! My m.i.l. drives all the way to the Houston area to get it for us (3 hours, one way)! Oh yeah, she rocks. And we like to affectionately call Settler's Blend 'black gold.'
I hope you are able to continue your coffee habit through this recession, just as I am.
And here's a shout out to my m.i.l. for being a good sport about supplying me with coffee. HOLLA! WHAT UP PLAYER?!