Today’s Tip: Skip a coffee, find an ancestor!
I don’t know about all of you, but I have to watch the old pocketbook very carefully these days. Especially when it comes to my ‘sweetest passion’, genealogy. First, I cannot afford to let my genealogy passion get out of hand from a spending perspective and second, I know I will want to do things that cost some money every once in awhile. So …. what to do? Where to get the money?
I did a bit of smoke and mirrors, but it feeds my ‘sweetest passion’ habit! I skip my other passion … espresso coffee!
I was in the habit of an espresso coffee at my local coffee shop each morning. It cost me $2.09 a cup. I did this each day on the way to work, so it was costing me $12.54 a week, and at 4.5 weeks to the month, $56.43 a month! When I realized that this ‘small’ coffee was running me this ….. I decided to do without the coffee and each night I put exactly $2.09 in a jar on my desk. This is marked ‘genealogy’!
I use this money for my research payments and when I am really frugal on that … other expenses …. it is paying for my tuition at the CGSI conference this year! All for free, in a way!
So …. I could either have an espresso …. or as I got this past week, for the cost of less than two weeks of espressos …. a four generation research paper on a branch of my family! I guess for that I’ll stay a bit groggy in the mornings!
Just one way I squeak out some genealogy money in my life.
Onward To Our Past,