When you’ve gone too far.

You know you’ve taken things a little too the extreme when it hits your REM cycle. I’m now budgeting in my sleep. Two nights ago I dreamt about a $1000 grocery purchase that I stood in line for an hour to cut down only to cut a single purchase in half. Needless to say $500, in my opinion, is still astronomical so I wound up walking out of the store and waking up in a panic. Brent laughed at me and then took advantage of the moment to say “maybe you should think about the grocery bill a little less from now on.” Perhaps…
 
If this wasn’t sign enough, then there was the conversation I had with Madilyn last night. There was an add on the radio about a fundraiser for starving children. A donation of x-amount could ensure that a child can eat for the next 40 days. Of course little ears pick up on everything and Madz asked me, “Mommy do I get to eat for the next 40 days?” I melted and said yes, of course-absolutely. Then my heart broke because every child deserves this answer but many will not get it.  How blessed are we to be able to provide that for our girls? 
 
So to answer my question above, and to set Brent’s mind at ease, I can openly admit my flaws and say yes, perhaps I have taken my frugality too far in this regard. Moving forward, I will set forth, to aim, to worry less about the money spent on feeding and providing for our family. Reminding myself that these are essentials; and even if that box of cheerios is not on-sale and it is the last, most expensive box remaining on the shelf, I am fortunate enough to have the means to purchase it without guilt and without reservation. I am providing for my family and that, in and of itself, is just cause. I will purchase it with pride and a sense of relief knowing that the little bellies which fill our home with love and laughter will be nourished and not without; a cost and reason which is truly priceless.
 
This my friends, is perspective.
 
ox

 

Another Debt Bites the Dust

I must say, I have become a huge fan of spending Friday nights “alone.” Don’t get me wrong, I love Brent more than life, and let’s be real a Mommy is never really-alone; but on the occasion where he gets in some much needed boy-time I get to spend a friday evening unwinding my week with wine, pinterest, perhaps some chocolate and getting ready for a Saturday grocery trip…it’s pretty much amazing. It goes without saying, life has certainly changed and not all 29 year olds would appreciate this simplicity but I do-I really, really do. I am an introvert naturally and the wild life, even before family life, wasn’t that appealing to me. We have always been supportive of each other taking that important “me-time.” Sundays are our designated (at-home) date night so overall it provides great structure and balance; of course I’d always prefer to be with our whole family unit but sometimes…

This week has been crazy, I have been on a huge deadline and while I made it, I won’t breathe easy until I have the tangible outcome. Regardless, it feels good to have it done. Brent has been working non-stop, what else is new? And our little ladies have battled every bit of illness, or so it seems, this winter/spring. I remind myself it could always be worse, we are absolutely blessed with overall healthy children but the germ-sharing thing combined with preschool…ugh! 

In other news, big news actually, we are paying off one of my loans this month! WOOT WOOT! This will save us an additional 205$ per month. Or in our case we will stick half of it into savings and the other half will hopefully add to the buffer we are slowly trying to grow. It feels so good to be able to do this. Another debt bites the dust 🙂

I have had a few people ask about groceries and savings and how we do it; I’m not by any means an extreme couponer and I have zero desire, whatsoever, to become one-nor do I have the storage space. Although I do have some decent tips I have learned through trial and error. I will post a follow-up to this in the next few days after my grocery trip. I’m hoping to increase my savings percentage…fingers crossed!

Happy Friday all! Enjoy and be blessed.

ox