A Good Bargain

Recently, in my small town, a second-hand store was opened up for people to bring used items in need of a new home. All proceeds made at the store, The Bargain Box, go to different charities and organizations! So it’s a win win — people can get rid of old items and money gets donated to charity.

Anyway, now that I have given you a bit of a background, I recently stopped into the Bargain Box to look for some household items for my apartment as I move in in about two weeks.

I was simply amazed by the amount of items the Bargain Box had for me to purchase. And yes, the items had been used before, but they were absolutely perfect for a college apartment.

Knowing that I was saving money by doing this also made the reward that much greater.

Items I purchased include the following: colander, cookie sheet, 9×13 pan, crock pot, drinking glasses, cutting board, coasters, hangers, muffin pan, hand-held mixer, toothbrush holder, toaster, dish drying rack, measuring cups, and a can opener.

I purchased all of these items for $32.

And they look almost as good as new!

I was very proud of myself for being so thrifty as I will be off on my own in college and need to prepare for that!

Just because a store is a second-hand store doesn’t mean there aren’t amazing items inside. It never hurts to stop in and look.

You never know what you’re going to find!

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Summer of 2016

You know how you always have really high expectation levels for summer? Like, “this summer, I’m going to go to the lake every other weekend.” “This summer, I’m going to hang out with my friends more.” “This summer, I’m going to lose weight.”

Well, I had some pretty high expectations as I just graduated high school. I was ready to have a good time by going tanking, hanging out with friends, and making memories.

Instead..

I took a CNA class for three weeks and became a Certified Nursing Assistant.

I work three days a week.

I stay home on the weekends and sleep or spend time with my family.

I have been to the lake one day.

And I have yet to lose some weight haha.

Still, I have had a pretty good summer!

I had the chance to meet some wonderful people during my CNA class, and now I can find a good job when I move down to college!

I have the opportunity to make some money this summer as I am working more and even though the days are long, that paycheck sure is nice!

I have spent so much more time with my family and it has been absolutely wonderful!

I have also learned a lot this summer..and no, I do not mean learning to change an incontinent brief, how to turn someone to the lateral position, or how to orally take a temperature.

I have grown as a person because I have focused on what is truly important in my life.

I have spent time with family instead of going out with fake friends who don’t really care about me.

I have become a Student Ambassador for my school and get to attend Health Camp again.

I don’t mean to say that I have not had fun. I have had plenty of fun, I have just focused on the little and big things that matter to me and grown up over the course of this summer.

I may only be a college freshman, but I want to be a doctor, and that will take countless hours of hard work, dedication, and most of all studying, so I am taking the opportunity to better myself this summer for my future job.

I can’t think of a better way to spend summer.

So here’s to summer 2016.