How Friends Reruns Changed Me

I’ve been going through a Friends rerun phase lately.  It has made me reflect back to when I was younger and how simple things were back then.  When I told my dad that I have been in a writing rut and binge watching Friends he laughed and said something like “sometimes you just have to clear your head with TV or other distractions for a while” and assured me that my urge to write will come back.  Well it did and it has EVERYTHING to do with my Friends binge!

Now, before I go on, I will confess I am a huge fan of social media and most of you know that but lately I feel as though I do not need it as much in my life anymore.  When I say “social media” I mean, needing to know what everyone else is doing all the time.  Not to mention the TIME wasted on what other people are doing!  It is exhausting, addictive and before you know it it’s the end of 2018 and you look back and think about all the time spent on social media and you just shake your head.  Of course I am talking about myself here.  YOU may not spend as much time on social media as I do and that’s a good thing unless you make money on social media and it is your job to be on.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy seeing my family and friend’s pictures (especially of their animals 🙂 ) but it snowballed into needing to see more and more and before I knew it, I was spending HOURS on social media a day just scrolling, liking, commenting and scrolling some more.  One day a few months back I woke up and felt this craving for a simpler life.  Not a life without social media but to scale it back…A LOT!  I felt this need to go back in time to see how life was before social media to realize how much I do not NEED it in my life and to treat it more as a WANT.  And that is how my Friends binge began.

Some of the things that I learned while binge watching Friends:

Simplicity

The life of the characters on Friends was so simple yet fun.  The simplicity of meeting your close friends at a coffee shop to catch up or at your apartment in the City was the way of life.   Although their lives could be filled with major drama, they always found a way to work through it.  And, yes, I know it’s a TV show but what if we started living that way again…simple.  I mean, meeting at the coffee shop was the highlight of their day!  These days people are more worried about how many complete strangers are watching their political or agenda driven videos.  Not simple.

Laughs

Why don’t we laugh anymore? Why are people stressed out more than they were back in the day?  Hell, you can’t make a joke anymore without someone getting offended.  Our world has become so serious and honestly I’m getting sick of it!  Why can’t we just laugh at someone who has a turkey on their head?  Or how about when we wear leather pants, sweat our asses off on a date, go into the bathroom, take them off, then can’t pull them back up because we have put water, lotion and baby powder on our legs then walk out naked?  Have you seen that episode?  I’ve linked it below.  Be careful, you may laugh your ass off!

Ross’s Leather Pants

Friendships

Friendships are soooo important!  Everyone should have a few good people in their life that you can trust WITH YOUR LIFE.  Having your tribe is such a great feeling.  It may take a while to find out who your REAL tribe is but when you do it’s magical.  You can be you…no filter and no judgement.  You may all be different in personalities as the Friends characters were, but respect is key.  When you have that, you’re family.

In closing, I think I’m going to take a break from some of my social media outlets that waste my time and concentrate more on my real life friendships, this blog, my writing and maybe do some more videos.  You may say, “well, blogging and videos are social media too”.  Maybe it is.  But I don’t think those are a waste of my time.  Big difference.

Till next time….I’ll see ya soon!

~Stacy

 

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Two Freebies!

Hey all!  So I received two freebies and coupons with each of the samples this week!  One was Olay Whip moisturizer and the other was Breathe Right nasal strips.  I have used the nasal strips before receiving this sample and they do help with my snoring and opening up my nasal passages.  I will add these 2 strips to my collection and use the $1.00 off coupon for my next purchase.  I’ve never tried the Olay Whip moisturizer so I look forward to trying it out and will be posting my review on Instagram soon (don’t forget to follow me @stacyslivingroom).

Have I convinced you to try sending for freebies yet???  No?  Stick around and you may change your mind!

Till next time…I’ll see ya soon!

Stacy

Free Sample Update

Hey all. So I started sending for free samples from a few websites. I found a website called Sweet Free Stuff and it has a bunch of different companies who send out freebies. I wish I could remember every company that I requested freebies from but I know that one of them was a Clay Mask sample from Sephora. They sent me the email below 🙃

The other website that I signed up for is Sample Source. With this website, you sign up with your email address and they send you an email when freebies are available (side note: I recommend opening up a separate email address when you sign up for freebies and use it only for that so it doesn’t annoy the hell outta you in your primary email).

That’s all for now. Looking forward to getting my free samples and sharing with you what was sent to me!

Till next time….I’ll see ya soon!

Stacy

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A FREE Sample Experiment and Money Update

Hi all. So I decided to try a Free Sample Experiment. When you search the internet it’s amazing how many FREE things are out there for the taking. You just have to ask for it! Anything from makeup, to detergents, to food. I thought that the experiment would be fun and I’m curious to see the outcome and how long it would take to get the samples (plus, save some money). Anyone wanna play along?

MONEY UPDATE

We’ve been doing okay with saving money except I had to buy some new clothes for work which put us in the negative of about $100. Grocery shopping has been under $100 every week but more like $85-$90 a week instead of $70 (FAIL). I have to work harder on this. As for my clothes, the reason why I had to buy new clothes is that a few months ago I went through all of my clothes and either threw them away or donated them. Problem was, I never replaced them which caused a severe lack in my work wardrobe so the other day I went on the New York & Company website (which is one of my favorite places to shop) and there were a lot of items on sale! I used my Ebates app and got $7.50 back and also FREE shipping! I’m excited to receive some new blouses for work and freshen things up a bit. It is MUCH NEEDED!

I’ve saved about $80 a month on gas since I started working at my new job which is much closer to my house. The only thing that takes a chunk out of my gas tank is that I drive about 60 miles round trip for bowling once a week. And that’s fine, I enjoy bowling ….most of the time ;).

How’s everyone’s week going?

Till next time…I’ll see ya soon!

Stacy

~Make sure to follow me on Instagram @stacyslivingroom ~

My Grocery Trip 7/14/18

Yesterday I went food shopping at Winn Dixie and went over my goal of only spending $70 on groceries. See my total and savings below:

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I received $.25 back from Ibotta and 1,541 points toward a $5.00 Amazon gift card on Fetch Rewards which brought my total to $85.45!  I also completed a Winn Dixie survey which will earn me $5 off of my next trip of $40 or more. I could have done so much better but it’s not easy when you’ve been slacking on couponing lately and trying to get back on track.  Next week I’ll have to try and make up for overspending this week.

Final analysis of my trip:

  • I spent $15.45 over my goal of $70 a week (UGH)
  • I am now eligible for an Amazon gift card (you can choose other stores but I’m an Amazon freak) with points from a few weeks of shopping
  • I’ve been doing Swagbucks surveys and am almost at a total where I am eligible for a $5.00 gift card to Amazon or other select stores.

Another thing that I did this weekend was check balances on some of our gift cards that we received for our birthdays and Christmas.  We had a total of $55 in gift cards! 

Do you have gift cards that you’ve forgotten about? Time to check them!

Till next time..I’ll see ya soon!

~Stacy