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Spending time with your family - Priceless !

Football Sunday in our house is a HUGE event. My husband gathers all his snacks, his cold drinks, throws on his football jersey and heads to the game room of our home where he becomes lost in some sort of black hole. Every now and again you hear some sort of scream or cheer and you know, okay, he is still alive in there. Some Sundays are louder than others. His favorite losing team " The Raiders" always seem to fizzle out towards the end of the game and that's usually how I know "he's still alive and well" or at the very least half time is over !

For a long time we would spend our Sundays at the local Pub. A nice relaxing time over some hot wings and a cold beer. With the economy tightening up, Christmas around the corner we have decided lately to become a little more home bound. Although I DO believe our economy will be just fine, we WILL bounce back, as we always do, I also understand Rome wasn't built in a day and things do take time. Fortunately, Tennessee is not hardest hit like other states such as Florida, California and Arizona. Along with the economy you ad the housing markets in those three states and there is a higher level of panic amongst it's citizens. For them too, I believe they will bounce back.

There are some mis-guided perceptions out there however where many believe today is not the time to purchase a home. On the contrary-today is a GREAT time to purchase a home. If you can and are already affording to rent than you can purchase. Sure, we all have to change our way of living sometimes but isn't it worth it in the end to know that every month you are putting into a stock that will gain you a return later ? Instead of paying the landlord's mortgage every month why not pay your own ? Wouldn't it be better to gather your family around the dinner table every night to eat rather than all of you racing to a "Big Mac Attack" ? Wouldn't it be better to wash your own car rather than spending what seems like an eternity at the car wash ? You would be amazed at the little things one could do to save a few extra bucks and put it towards the biggest investment of your life...your new home !

This past Sunday my children decided they wanted to spend a couple dollars of the allowance they saved. We headed off to the Dollar Store where snacks were the name of the game for them. You simply cannot watch Football with Daddy without the snacks of your choice. My little guy decided on " Sour Skittles" whereas my daughter who has been sick and isn't into " puckering up" decided on some gummy bears.

One year ago things would have been done differently. I may have not realized how much fun my kids could be through the hussle and bussle of everyday ordinary life. I may have not realized how far you could stretch the imagination on only a couple of bucks. I may have not realized that every moment counts. Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves. Instead of getting back to the basics of life and family we grew accustomed to throwing a few bucks down on the table allowing others to prepare our meals, entertain us. This year as I re-vamp my budget in an effort to save more for rainy days not only have I learned the power of a dollar, I am grateful for what I do have as things could be worse and I am savoring every moment with my children and family.

I am not any different from you. I worry, I struggle. I have a mortgage, electric bills and so on. By omitting just a few things that I have found are luxuries rather than necessities my checkbook does not seem as bad. So, yes, I can sit here and say : by cutting a few cost's, by spending only what you can afford at the end of the month, by dining in rather than out you CAN afford so much more than you think.

Don't believe me ? I can prove it ! Take a look at the power of some sour skittles: 

Bag of Hot Wings - $5.95 ( on sale at Kroger w/ Buy One Get One Free )

Sour Skittles - $1.00 ( Dollar Tree )

 

( the scream you hear in the background is my husband alerting me he is alive and well, in other words, the Raiders were not doing so well ) For more information on real estate in Crossville TN on the Cumberland Plateau call Melissa Grant direct at 931-210-8277 or visit www.crossvilletnrealestateforsale.com !

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“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” ― Helen Keller

 

                                                                              

                          

Comment balloon 50 commentsMelissa Grant • October 20 2008 05:50PM

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Melissa, I just bought skiddles too, at the Dollar Store, problem is my kids, adult kids, have just about eaten them all, so I will have to go back before the 31st.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago

What a great message!  You don't need to spend a lot of money to have fun.  Now, I don't really consider sour-ANYTHING too much fun, but my kids sure did when they were younger.  I could never understand why they enjoyed that taste so much, but now with your video I can see that it could be quite fun!

Posted by Jeannie Kontis almost 11 years ago
Missy - Okay, I want to see the video and all your " adult" kids eating sour skittles ! That will be funny !
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago

It is so important to keep the things that are important in their right place. Excellent remender for all of us.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Melissa,

That video was too funny!!! Lemon & sour apple...you can't get any sourer than that!!!

Hard times can tear a family apart or it can bring families closer together...no problem seeing how you've handled it!!! Good job! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 11 years ago
Fran - Thanks ! Every now and then when I need to laugh I just come back to that video ! It does help to put things back into perspective !
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago

I am not a big fan of the sour candy...your hubby screaming about the Raiders...that is priceless!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 11 years ago

Wow that video is priceless!  Great Post Hilarious  you can' stop laughing

Posted by Greg Dallaire, Green Bay Homes (Dallaire Realty) almost 11 years ago

We just spent a day at a State Park for a picnic.  You can't go wrong spending time with your family.

Posted by Steve Lauver, Omaha Realty -- 402-689-7550 (Nebraska Realty -) almost 11 years ago

Melissa...

Now this is some unique marketing and I like it. The kids are adorable and you did a great job narrating. Just so you know when I was growing up we didn't have candy, toys or any of the things children have today. We used to have to walk 10 miles to school too :) 

What was that my Grandmother used to say...Oh I remember...A penny saved is a penny earned. So just how true is that anyway? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

It does not have to cost a lot to have fun and a good time. And most of all time with the family.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago
Lissa, I had to laugh at TLW above! Me too! In fact I had to walk to school and carry all my brother's and sister's books. When I got there I had to polish everyone's shoes before I was allowed to join in on all the raindeer fun! Thanks for the laugh TLW. I'm glad you're feeling better. Lissa, talk to you tomorrow. Later in the rain~Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

There is nothing funnier than watching the antics that kids can become involved in.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 11 years ago
So cute and goes to show that life, simple and fun is really the best there is. Good for you.
Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) almost 11 years ago

Melissa - Those are some seriously SOUR candies, apparently.  This was a lot of fun.  I hope Grace is feeling better.  I want some "sour bour hour" candy now.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 11 years ago

I just love to go on long walks or a visit to the park. Inexpensive and great times for everyone.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) almost 11 years ago
Jeremy- yeah, what a time to start screaming at the Raiders huh ? lol
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago
Gary - Thank you !
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago
Greg - lol, you are right. I couldn't stop laughing.
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago
Steve - Family time is pretty awesome isn't it !
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago
TLW - yes, you walk 10 miles up hill both ways in the snow will holes in your shoes. Ahhh, those really seem like the day !
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago
Bob and Carolin- No, actually it doesn't cost that much to have fun with your family and make loads of memories !
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago
Myrl - My little one, oh my..the things he comes up with !
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago
Jason - actually, I decided to try one of the sour little skittle things, NEVER again, I am telling you, they make your eyes water and nose run ! Gracelyn is feeling a little better. Her fever broke on Sunday. She is still very tired and does tire easily but thank GOD the fever seems to be gone. We are keeping our fingers crossed. If she does well this week we can send her back to school next week. Thanks for all your prayers. Did you receive my message, I called you back ?
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago

Awww Melissa... this video is priceless... Great job.  Looks like he really enjoys sour skittles

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) almost 11 years ago
Deb- You really need to get some rest. We will talk tomorrow.
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago
Roland - Thanks ! Hey did your client call you the other day ? I meant to call you but got side tracked with my daughter. Anyway, odd thing, I answered my cell phone and there was a woman asking for you. She specifically asked for Roland w/ Exit Realty. I looked you up on AR and wow our numbers are pretty similiar, I redirected her back to you, just wanted to make sure she made contact. If not, I think her number may still be on my cell, we may have to call a few to back track..lol but I am sure it will be there.
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago

Melissa..... you have some cute kids. And tell your husband that I was actually cheering for the Raiders because I had them to beat the Jets... and it was way to close at the end.

In regards to your message, very good.  I have cut back a little, but at the same times, yes, it's a great time to buy. Home values are down and shouldn't really be going down more... and rates are still semi low.  I will be doing a rent vs buy blog series in the next few days..... ps, and yes, your husband is alive.  lol

jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) almost 11 years ago

Great post! We work so hard to provide for our families and often forget to enjoy our families. Good for you.

Posted by LS Rogers Realty (LS Rogers Realty) almost 11 years ago

I totally agree; spending time with family is one of the most important priorities you can have.

Posted by DJ Swanepoel (Real Estate Wiki) almost 11 years ago

Kids are so much fun.  Not only are they easily amused, they amuse those around them as well.  It sounds like you were having a great time.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 11 years ago

Melissa: Not sure... Maybe we can track the number...   Thank You !

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) almost 11 years ago

That was priceless. Family, laughter and good real estate advice. Your a true Gem!

Posted by Christina Williams. REALTOR® TN property search & local insights (First Realty Company) almost 11 years ago

Sour Skittles = good times. Family is always most important on the priority tree. 

Posted by Everard Korthals, Mountain Realty (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) almost 11 years ago

Good advice - All Around - Great to remind us how you can simplify your life and STILL HAVE FUN!

Posted by Marcia Kramarz, CDPE,LMC,CBR (Re/Max Executive Realty) almost 11 years ago
Jeff - that was a great game. Still can't believe the Raiders beat the Jets OMG!
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago

Thankfully with gas prices coming down 30% here...maybe the holidays won't be as bad now that some can start to recover instead of everything going up in price and drowning...I still enjoy the weekends watching sports and sitting aroundwith the family. I was in NY this weekend and missed the giants game due to a family party at a restaurant with no TV! Caught the Jets choking though.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Brokered by eXp Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago
We've decided to simplify Christmas this year---no presents for adults, just the children will receive gifts. I'm absolutely fine with this---it surely makes things easier for everyone.
Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) almost 11 years ago

I am sure it won't be the only scream about the Raiders the rest of the season LOL

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 11 years ago
Great times, and boy does time fly. My son is a senior this year and It really makes me think were does time go.
Posted by Kathy Honeycutt, Realtor/ Neighborhood Specialist (Carolina Moon Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

I agree 100%.  As a Realtor, consumers assume you are available 24/7.  Yes, availability should be a priority, but not your #1 priority.  Schedule or set aside some family time and stick to it.  Your clients will (should) understand.

Posted by Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team (RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs) almost 11 years ago

I laughed throughout your entire post and video.  Melissa, please tell you hubby it could be worse.  He could live here and have the Poor Pitiful Lions as his local team :-))

Stay home, have fun with your kids and hubby and enjoy every second!

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) almost 11 years ago

Awesome post and well said my friend.  Family is everything in this world.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Andrew - LMAO ! My husbands brother won't talk with him either...he is a Jets fan as well !

Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago

Melissa - Are your sure we aren't married to the same "Football Fanatic" ?

My hubby disappears into the "Black Hole" of our basement to cheer on the "Redskins". All the kids follow him ,because he has all the snacks & goodies in the basement with him.

As for the Sour Skittles they are great ! Almost as good as the Sour gummy worms.

Great Post

Posted by Laura Gray (RE/MAX Realty Group) almost 11 years ago

Melissa~ I think when you are eating sour skittles, keeping your eyes shut makes it easier to eat those sour little things! LOL.  Cute video! 

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) almost 11 years ago

HI MELISSA! Absolutely priceless. That boy is too cute! What a great reminder that although we have to cut back on some things, we can clearly find joy in other things.

Posted by Yvette Smith, Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale (LONG & FOSTER) almost 11 years ago

Melissa-That was too cute. What a great marketing idea....I love the message you sent. Family is SO important. Buy a home, and enjoy your family!!!  Glad to hear Grace is feeling better. Now, to get you some long needed rest:)

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing, Great Post, without family we don't have much.

Have A Wonderful Day

Posted by Doris Freeman, Broker/Agent, Realtor, Madison-Gibson-Crockett (RE/MAX REALTY SOURCE) almost 11 years ago

Sometimes we lose touch with what's important and need a place - an event - that will help us turn down the "noise" and hear our hearts.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 5 years ago

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