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I know you’re there and I need your help.

Over the years, the focus of this blog has evolved and grown right alongside our own camo-covered lives. We started here talking about cooking and crafts, and now here we find ourselves in the midst of personal finance with a hint of military lifestyle. It’s been quite the journey.

Lately, though, I’ve been spending my time on furthering my freelance writing career, all of my time. I could easily retreat into the darkness of all the other abandoned blogs out there in cyberspace. In fact, that decision would likely make the most sense business-wise.

There’s just one little problem.

Every time I log into my dashboard, I see that you’ve been here, diligently visiting despite my spotty attendance. It’s hard to walk away from a blog that gets so many readers even when I’m AWOL.

Go ahead and finish your coffee first. I'll wait.

Go ahead and finish your coffee first.
I’ll wait.

So, dear reader, let’s give this one last go. If you’re still interested in reading Our Camo Covered Life, then let me know by taking this quick survey. Or don’t and we’ll part ways. No hard feelings. Either way, you get to decide the future of this humble corner of cyberspace.

It’s all up to you.

See you next time?

Perfectly Imperfect

I have a terrible tendency toward perfectionism. I tend to want to be the very best at everything I do, and when I don’t like the work I put together, I will procrastinate the heck out of submitting (or posting) it.

That’s why you haven’t seen anything on the blog lately. I’ve been caught up in thinking that nothing I had put together was worth posting. And, heck, that might very well be true, but if I dwell on every tiny imperfection, I’ll never post a thing.

That got me thinking… Have you ever felt that same way about getting control of something in your life? Whether it be your finances, or a messy garage, some progress, however flawed, is still progress. Some budget, even an imperfect one, still initiates good habits that will help you tackle the bigger challenges in the long run.

Stephen King wrote recently of his first days submitting his work and how he collected his rejection letters on a huge stake in the wall. He learned from them. He gleaned the constructive criticism from them. And now look at him. Thomas Edison is quoted as saying that he didn’t fail, he had simply found ten thousand ways that don’t work.

We can learn from our faulty budgets, but we can never grow if we don’t take a leap and make those mistakes first.

So go ahead and tackle that budget, or that garage, or whatever else you’re afraid of failing at.

 

The only true failure is failing to try.

Fast Money: Sell Your Clutter

We are big fans of Craigslist and eBay. We love the idea of purchasing gently used items without paying full price for the brand new versions. This way someone else pays for the depreciation on new purchases and we still get the same item we could have paid full price for in a store.

By Vectorink (for sale by owner sign) [Public domain], <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AFor_Sale_by_Owner_Sign.svg">via Wikimedia Commons</a>

It’s easy to forget, though, that the web goes both ways. For instance, just yesterday I spent about a half an hour total taking a few pictures, posting a few ads, and meeting up with a couple Craigslisters… I walked away with $16 from two of my items. eBay isn’t too shabby either. (Just remember to take into account shipping costs, listing fees, and paypal fees.)

Take a hard look around your home. I guarantee you have something worth selling. Do you have name brand jeans in decent condition that no longer fit? DVDs you’re no longer crazy about? Books you’re not going to read again? These types of items are prime targets for selling.

Furthermore, you might be surprised by the type of items you can turn into cash. I’ve sold things that I was sure no one would want, like my husband’s old scratched phone case, but it sold. (The best bet for these types of items would be Craigslist with its free listings.)

Moral of the story: Don’t let your clutter sit collecting dust. With just a bit of effort, you can turn it into money in your pocket!

Military Tip

Many of our military installations, like MCAS Miramar, host swap meets on post where you can sell items. Check with your FRG leadership or in-processing center for more information.

Also, don’t forget that online swap meets might be another option for your post, like the online yard sale site for Camp Pendleton. A simple Google search with “(your post name) online yard sales” should aim you in the right direction.

Déjà Vu

You might remember a post from last month wherein I SWORE I would write a post every day of November. It was a lofty goal that I absolutely tanked on. I blame it on equal parts the flu, a particularly notable case of writer’s block, and, let’s face it, rampant time mis-management. Thank you to the readers that have stuck with me with multiple stop-and-go spurts. I promise I won’t leave you hanging again!

Good Judgment Rita Mae Brown

Moving the blog forward, I’d like to put it out there into the universe that the mission of Our Camo Covered Life has officially evolved as our own Camo Covered Lives have changed.

As a military couple working our way back from financial catastrophe, we have become quite skilled at making the most of what we have so that we can live below our means and subsequently build a brighter financial tomorrow.

It is our sincere hope that others can benefit from our hard-learned lessons. Therefore, moving forward, Our Camo Covered Life will be geared toward frugal living, with cameo appearances of DIY and food in a frugal context.

If you happen to be further interested in money-wise writing, you may want to consider liking my Facebook page over at http://www.facebook.com/katyreiberwriter. Whenever I happen across a great frugal living/personal finance article, I tend to share it there.

I truly look forward to sharing this journey with you and I hope you’ll consider coming along for the ride. After all, carpooling is a great way to save money!

 

It’s aliiiiive!

I have a confession.

I haven’t posted to the blog since July. Oh, you noticed that too? Hmm…

Well, this is awkward.

The good news is that the freelancing project tsunami has finally retreated and left new blog life in it’s wake. It’s November… and it’s National Blog Post Month. A perfect time to come back with a vengeance, don’t you think?

So, this month I’ve effectively cleared my freelancing schedule to give us some time to reconnect… we’ll have much frugal and food-related fun as we recap some of those posts I meant to share in the last couple months and some new content too.

I hope you can carve out a few minutes to drop by from time to time as we head into in this increasingly hectic holiday season and, as always, suggestions are more than welcome!

Here’s hoping to a fun filled November and a joyous holiday season!

Cheers!
Kate

PS First post on the docket is an introduction to couponing. Saving you some dough during the holidays so you can afford more… dough?

Yeah, we’ll go with that…