Thursday, February 20, 2020

Three on Thursday

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.


New Trash Can.  Finally got the new trash can that has been on my wish list for 8 months.  It was expensive considering it's literally a vessel for trash, but I wanted it.  It's double sided so we're able to use one side for recycle, freeing up the space under the kitchen sink.  We got the brown color so it doesn't show finger prints, but it's also soft close so we don't actually need to touch it.  And it's air tight so it never smells.  The inner buckets have handles so I can lift it right out and carry it to the recycle bin (no bags allowed for Chicago recycling.)  And it just looks really nice in our kitchen.


$100,000 is the New Broke.  I find this video fascinating.  He looks at the average expenses of typical American households and how those fit in to a $100,000 salary, leaving little leftover.  Obviously these numbers will fluctuate depending on where in the country someone lives, but it's still interesting to see just how much the 'average' person spends on things.  Look how much car payments and student loan payments eat into that monthly budget, it's nauseating.  We're looking at $920 freed up every month just by getting rid of those two things.  Really highlights the importance of paying off debt and not being a slave to lifestyle increases.


Library Afternoons.  One thing I love about cold weather is that I spend more time in the library.  Ours isn't very big, but we do have reciprocity perks with some of the surrounding suburbs so when I have a free afternoon, I love going to different nearby libraries and exploring the racks.  Anyone else love the quiet and the smell of the old books?

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