There are certain things that make us comfortable in life, that perhaps we think we are entitled to. I know that economic times are challenging so many people right now. Today I decided to be grateful for this forced effort. We have always struggled financially, primarily because we have chosen to be a one income family whenever possible to have mom home with the kids. Couple that with a lifetime of unforseen debt, and plain stupid debt. We have some practice in “making it”.
Today is a new day though, time to take off the training wheels and apply our skill more fully, riding on the balance of a more experienced perspective. Times are tough, but they have been tougher. Savings is gone, it has been before. Retirement funds are only something we distantly remember. But in the face of our particular situation I was suddenly inspired. The girls and I sat down and discussed how we could contribute more to the living my husband works so hard to provide for us.
Perhaps we have no money to offer to add, but we can reduce the output. We are fairly frugal, but there are often still leaks to plug. This is where the experience comes into play. There used to be things we thought we had to have. Cable, etc. ( I won’t lie, I still miss cable like crazy) In our little brainstorming meeting, we came up with several areas we are still finding that we can do without for a period of three months while we make every effort to shore up while the gales of uncertainty will blast away at us. 10 years ago we lived in the moment, we are learning to look to planning for the unexpected as we are able. I am not entitled to Starbucks once a month. We don’t have to have many little luxuries. Do we like them? Sure, and one day we will have them again.
It is not easy, and often unpleasant to live this frugally. All I have to do is look around me, our area makes it easy to see we still have it really good no matter if we cut out every single extra. And the effort? It is minimal compared to the sweet smile of peace on my dear husband’s face.