Has your wallet just recovered from Christmas and now you’re sweating Valentine’s Day?! Well have no fear! You don’t have to go the traditional route with roses, chocolates and dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant that will charge you twice the amount that they normally would with their Valentine’s fixed priced menu.
Part-Time Money put together a list of 33 inexpensive and non-cheesy Valentine’s ideas that are sure to please your significant other. Here are just a few of our favorites:
- Acts of Service
Who doesn’t love a little extra help around the house? Surprise your loved one by doing a few of their chores for them: dishes, laundry, cleaning up, sweeping the floor or grocery shopping. It’s a sweet gesture that will be greatly appreciated (and unexpected)!
When most people hear the words “Arizona” and “summer” in the same sentence, they probably just think of unbearable heat and being uncomfortable. While temps in Arizona do get pretty high in the summer, there are lots of cool and fun activities that this beautiful state has to offer. According to Planet Ware, there are 17 must see attractions in this beautiful state: The Grand Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Phoenix, Hoover Dam, Jerome, Havasu Falls, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Bisbee, Lake Mead, Tombstone, Petrified Forest National Park, Saguaro National Park, Antelope Canyon, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Tumacacori National Historical Park. All of these places are in different parts of the state and would allow someone to appreciate all the beauty Arizona has to offer.
We’re coming up on springtime and that means getting outside and connecting with neighbors. But what happens when the small talk starts to run short? Well here’s an answer – just bring up storage – because who doesn’t want to know some interesting self-storage facts?!
Whether you are looking for a storage unit or already have one, here are some fun facts about these precious extra units of space that are sure to make you the hit of the neighborhood! Continue reading
We all go through life collecting memories. We collect them in our head, heart and the material things around us. The christening gown your mom saved for you, the high school year books signed by people who once meant so much to you, your old varsity jacket, your wedding dress, the blankets you brought your baby home in, photos of parties, milestones, life….and the list goes on. When you look around your home, memories are attached to the things that you keep. In your 20’s there aren’t too many “things”, but as you get older and life keeps going by those things start collecting. Add in a spouse and a couple of children and all of a sudden you realize you have more things than you ever thought you needed, but you can’t seem to part with them. You cringe when you think of Continue reading
Last post we discussed how lakes are used as storage for water. Lakes are not necessarily the first thing that people would think of when discussing storage, and this week’s topic falls into that same category – batteries.
Dating back to 1800, batteries have served as an excellent way for people to store power in a dense, portable form. In a world with more and more electronics, batteries have become essential to everyday life. They are in our phones, laptops, cars, and many other items that are used daily. The batteries used in electronics are rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries, a technology that has been around since the 1970’s, although there have been many improvements. Continue reading
In a recent article from SFGate.com, it was reported that in the recent heat wave that caused temperatures in parts of the Western U.S. to skyrocket into triple digits, snow melt was accelerated. With the high temperatures turning snow into water, 12 billion gallons of H2O poured into Lake Tahoe in the last week. That’s over 18,000 Olympic sized swimming pools!
Lakes and reservoirs are one of the main ways we store water – and they are crucial in dry areas like the Southwestern United States. After the outlet from a natural lake has been damned, the water level can then be regulated in order to match the amount of rainfall, snow melt, and needs of the surrounding community. Continue reading
It is said that politics is the art of compromise. This could also be said of marriage. Two human beings who plan to live together for an long period of time will need to learn how to successfully compromise.
One area of contention (and thus a great opportunity to compromise), is what to keep and what to get rid of – or more likely, when to get rid of it.
Often the level of emotional attachment to an object varies between the spouses – especially as life changes and situations change. Children arrive into the world, grow up, and leave (or at least we hope they eventually leave). Those old college text books fade and become outdated. The artwork that looked great with that brown couch didn’t cut it with the blue one and has been relegated to a position under the bed. However, our emotional attachment to the items we no longer use may still be too strong to think about letting them go – at least for one of the members of the household. So, how to make room for new things without causing a marital rift? Continue reading
It’s not uncommon for people to ask our managers about whether or not our storage units are equipped to become an office or if they can be used as a workout room. The short answer is no. Although we store a lot of office items and business inventory, and also a lot of exercise equipment that is temporarily not being used – units are just not able to be used for those type of ongoing activities.
However, it’s likely the real reason for someone’s desire to use a storage unit as something other than a place to store things in is that it’s clean, uncluttered, and often air-conditioned. It’s away from the distraction of family, co-workers, phones, and to-do lists stuck on the refrigerator.
Order and tranquility are what are wanted; an uncluttered environment to think or work-out in. Shape magazine had an excellent article of the benefits Continue reading
There is a lot of talk about minimalism these days. It may be coming about because as “first-worlders” we have the ability to accumulate a whole lot of stuff. We also have access to so much information and so much distraction that we can start to feel lost in the vastness of our personal empires of gadgets, user profiles, and twitter feeds.
Whatever the cause, the attraction to rid ourselves of clutter can become compelling. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, two Minimalists, have become well known by their journey to minimalism and their positive feelings toward it. Continue reading
Lose weight, get in shape, get organized, do more, do less, we’ve all made at least a few New Year’s resolutions in our time.
Some resolutions require a lifestyle change and some require a single act of action.
For me, the resolutions that tend to be more successful are those requiring a single act. Lifestyle changes take more than just a jotting down a foggy wish on a napkin at the breakfast table on January 1st. They take a whole mental shift, a concerted effort to change who you are. Well for the most part I kind of like who I am (at least most days), I just want a few improvements.
So look to “single-act” resolutions that can positively impact your life. This works especially well if that impact then extends beyond the single action. Some examples:
- Want to lose weight, take your neighbor’s dog for a walk.
- Want a nicer yard, dig a hole.
- Want to get organized, sign up for a bigger storage unit.
Now experts might call this addressing the symptoms and not the problems, but I say “Hey, if you’re not coughing, sneezing or feeling lousy, does it really matter that you have a cold”, – of course not.
So here’s how it works …