I looked through a big stack of catalogs today that said things like: “You have 5 star credit with us.” Or, “No payments until July”. I really want a sound bar to put with my cheap flat screen, to enhance the sound quality. I really, really want to get a record player. I have crated my albums around for 20 years and have nothing to play them on.
But, i learned to deal with a much smaller income and still have a quality life. The whole getting rid of cable thing sucks, but I have Netflix and Hulu so I can make it work. Also, when I didn’t have cable before, I wrote more and read more which is a better way to spend my time. I can eat healthy by buying Kosher instead of organic meats because they cost less. I have cut down from a 5.23 latte to a 3.13 coffee. We go to events, but use discount sites like Living Social.
I am in no way saying that I love pinching pennies, but until I can do better financially, I have to make the best of it. My money goes to piano lessons for my kid and driving her 5 days a week to play rehearsals, so we are not at home a lot. This makes it difficult to eat healthy and save money. So, I pack food when we are going to be gone. I also make sure she has a hearty meal before evening rehearsals which saves us in the bank and keeps us in shape.
The point is, it requires a lot of patience and planning to be in my situation. It is also very difficult to be in a wealthy area where a lot of my friends are stressed over paint color or if they need a new car. They just don’t get it. So, I don’t tell them the deal. A handful of people know my situation and I think it works better that way. I don’t want people to feel guilt over their comfortable lifestyle with their hubby footing the bill, because that is their fortune and blessing. For whatever reason, I am in this place in my life and it isn’t their fault.
So, I really am grateful to have this blog to spill out all of my heart and worry and grievances both great and small. Thanks for reading it…