Fight Blue Monday hangover by enjoying the sun and saving for a rainy day

Brenda says bill collectors trudging towards us through the snow need not keep us down.

Brenda Mallory

Feeling blue? Probably a hangover from Blue Monday that washed over us Jan. 15.

It has been said that the special Monday is the most depressing day of the year. So, what is all that about? Those who know more about this sort of thing tell me that this depressing day is the time we are aware of our hammered bank account. The Christmas spending frenzy now has to be paid for.

Maybe you have a bulge around your waist. I assume that is from eating too much. I am like an old tree with years of Christmas treats circling my body.

For some the depressing part is the gloomy weather. I have to tell you the gloomy weather of the coast was one of the reasons we moved north. If I were inclined to feeling depressed it would have been lifted these past few days when the sun did shine, the snow stayed on the trees and the beauty of this valley was for all to see.

How have the New Year’s resolutions been going for you? This blue Monday concept is close to when those resolutions vanish in a puff of smoke or a wee drinky.

The depression I hear about from those I speak to is more often than not tinged with worry about health issues. Next on the list is having to find a way to pay for all the stuff and such one has purchased over the long holiday season.

On the spending and paying merry-go-round I have to say I don’t have a lot of money nor do I have a big pension. So as a result of all that I admit I am a penny pincher. Not cheap but a pincher. Since we have a choice of places to buy our food as an example, it is easy for me to shop where I know my pennies will go a little further.

I check the prices here and there. If I find a store where my choices are a lot cheaper that is where you will find me. Why for instance would I pay $2 or more for a small product? Why would I buy very thick toilet paper when I can buy a No Name brand for many dollars cheaper? Trust me my backside is not on hold while I choose a very soft toilet paper.

You can be sure that for me any Monday would be blue and depressing if I thought for some reason I would pay too much for food or other items.

Something to think about I suppose. If you feel blue find a way to save a few dollars. Go to the Salvation Army or New to You to find some dandy clothes at a good price. If none of this works take yourself and your dog for a walk on one of our glorious sunny days.

Enjoyed talking to all of you while I was in town. You can call 250-846-5095 or just email a comment to mallory@bulkley.net.

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