Last night was the marketing class. In the small group session, I got to talk about the insidious marketing methods of the formula industry.
I couldn't help myself. One of the ladies said something like "It's amazing how they've convinced everyone we need to buy something that we make for free." People seemed a little shocked.
I signed over my $25 blog ad check today. Granted, it took me 5 months to earn that $25. I'm not really a high roller.
I don't feel like we're at gazelle intensity. We're more like... turtles with intent. I can't take a second job because of DH's schedule. I would actually love to get a part-time seasonal job at Target or Borders or someplace like that, but my husband is a pastor, has meetings 5 nights a week, and we don't have family/free babysitting available. Even my very part time job as children's choir director at church ($30 a week) is tough to juggle. I've thought I should write some more-- I have several ideas simmering-- but again, with 4 kids running around all the time, it seems like I don't have the space to do that. I've been selling stuff here and there (mostly books and homeschool materials) and that helps. I've thought about going to ebay, but I'm really afraid I'll end up losing money with fees and stuff.
I'm babbling tonight.
Oh, and I have a victory! DH and I fight all the time about money. I mean, it's our number 1 marriage stresser, and we just seem incapable of talking about it without it ending in a hue screaming match.
So, remember I didn't want to give up my Paypal? I used that to buy clothes for the kids, homeschool stuff, extras. Well, I did transfer most of it over
but the budget didn't get changed. I used to get $200 every two weeks for food, another $25 for household expenses (everything from pull ups to vitamins to shampoo to toilet paper) and then another $40 for "blow" before we knew what blow was.
Now I'm getting $200 every two weeks for food and $60 for blow, but nothing for homeschool expenses (silly things, like art supplies, co-op fees, $2 a week for Katie Grace's Mandarin Chinese class, I wanted to get nuts to sort and crack, stuff like that) and the household stuff hasn't been getting put in an envelope. So my "blow money" is going towards that stuff. And I was feeling really resentful and a little skeeved out, like I was being controlled/manipulated with money. I talked to him, and it turns out the money was budgeted, it just wasn't getting put in an envelope for some reason. And we didn't fight! I was able to say how I felt and he apologized and said it wasn't his intention. Anyway, it was a small victory, but felt good.
OK, have to clean my living room.