Roundup: Instant Gratification, Motivation, and Locomotion

by Nora Dunn on March 15, 2012

bundled up in Florida

You’d think from the getup I’m wearing in this picture that I’m in some chilly wintery clime. Nope – that picture was taken in Florida! Granted I was in northwestern Florida, on the beautiful Gulf Coast. On Monday I’ll tell you more about the area where I was staying, which believe it or not – gave me a bit of culture shock (in addition to temperature shock).

After a soul-destroying 24 hour bus tribulation (which was supposed to be “only” 14 hours), I’m now back in south Florida, staying with a friend, recovering from an illness, and gathering my resources for my upcoming trip back to Grenada – a place I love and am returning to for a second round of house-sitting. I’ll be there for three months, and I’m looking forward to returning to my little beach villa, beautiful pup, fresh tropical foods, lots of down-time, and – of course – good friends.

If you’re new to this site, it might be because you heard my nationally syndicated interview on Rudy Maxa’s World recently; and if you haven’t heard it, you can listen to one of the abbreviated interviews below.

And please have a peek at my latest articles; and consider whether (for you) $35 is well-spent on a “splashy” martini, and how it might all tie in to saying motivated with your budgeting and savings plan.

Wise Bread

The Case of the Martini: Is Instant Gratification Financially Responsible?

Would you buy a $35 vodka martini because it’s New Year’s Eve and you’re thirsty? Here’s a look at how instant gratification and finances blend (or not).

Care One

Budgeting and Saving: 18 Ways to Stay Motivated

You decide to clean up your finances, create a budget, and start saving money. But a few months later, progress is slow and you’re losing inspiration to stay on track. Welcome to the club!

Here are 18 ways to stay motivated, keep your budget buckled, and your savings swinging.

Profiles & Shout-Outs

I recently was a guest on Rudy Maxa’s World – the most widely-syndiated radio show about travel in the USA! We chatted about full-time travel on the cheap, and about the hugely popular article I wrote on Wise Bread about How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 per Year (or Less)

You can have a listen to the interview I did for the show’s LA Audience here:

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