I know, I know… tsk tsk. We’re almost to July and I have yet to post my Real Simple Roundup for this month. Oh, the shame! I know you’ve all been thinking what a terrible blogger I am and how much I’ve neglected my prompt RS posts, but alas, the day you’ve all been waiting for is here (wait, I’m the only one eagerly awaiting this post?). Enter, this months rocking issue of Real Simple. Wahoo!
1. Either…Or? Car washes. Scott and I have quite the debate going on, and I am proud to say that I am once again RIGHT and I even have RS on my side. Ahh, can you smell the sweet scent of victory? Scott is a do-it-yourself-er in just about every aspect, so he has a hard time paying to have his car washed. I’m all for his go get ‘em attitude, but I enjoy putting a couple of bucks into a car wash machine and letting someone else do the work. You may call it laziness (which it is) but I call it saving the environment. Turns out that washing your car at home can use up to 30 gallons of water in just four minutes – the equivalent that an automated car wash will use during it’s entire cycle. Plus, that water runoff you see flowing into your storm drains (and into streams, lakes, etc) is full of gasoline and antifreeze, which can coat the gills of fish and suffocate them. While I’m on my soap box, I’ll also mention that automated car washes are subject to waste water laws so their water goes to sewage treatment plants that filter the water and make it fresh and clean for proper reuse. Feels good to gloat, doesn’t it?
2. The Classic: T-shirt. Seriously, who doesn’t love a great t-shirt? I love dressing up as much as the next girl, but sometimes a t-shirt is where its at. And why not throw on a t-shirt that blows the plain white t’s out of the water? This article lists some great alternatives to the wife beater, in a varying scale of prices (most of which are budget friendly). As much as I love this t-shirt the hubs bought for me, I think I might need to class it up a bit and purchase some of these lovely little tees.
3. Moneywise: The Recession’s Silver Lining. If Real Simple is anything, they’re eternal optimists. And I love that about them. They’re the friend I can turn to when I’m thinking life is crummy and they’ll show me how, actually, life is pretty fantastic. This short bit points out some good things about our current economic situation that the pessimist in me hadn’t taken the time to realize yet. Scott and I have been eating in more, thanks to trying to watch our eating-out budget, and our healthy hearts and slim tummies are thanking us. We spend more time thinking about what we purchase, so we’re actually buying better products for less money. We’ve definitely beefed up our already hefty monthly contributions to savings, which makes us rest a little easier at night knowing our nest egg is perfectly plump. RS also points out that getting laid off may be the perfect time to rethink a career path – turns out Harry S. Truman jumped into politics after the clothing store he ran went bankrupt. Now isn’t that a silver lining?