I just lost my post.
Alright, so my circumstances (divorce, way less income than even our subsistence needs, so cutting into savings each month) make it a given that I will get nearly all thumbs up for the month so I won't be posting those. I will post if I do stray. (I did briefly waver today about getting $10 in firecrackers for my kids, but the truth is that there are many happy and memorable ways to celebrate the fourth that are totally free, so I let the temptation subside.
)My current challenges are:
To increase my clarity about what is truly absolutely necessary in this current situation, as opposed to what would have seemed necessary three months ago
To continue my commitment to library returns -- only 75 cents last month, and hopefully no fees this month; this one has kicked my butt in the past
To find the right arrangement for phone and internet, so it is cheaper, and boy is my head spinning with the options and the pros and cons
Do you have any input?? I started a thread about this:http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=702413
To be active, creative and inspired about pursuing sources of income, to create more breathing roomThings I started doing this spring to reduce unnecessary spending:
cold water wash, line drying
no eating out
almost no convenience foods --lots of home cooking
budgetting carefully, tracking my spending
going rarely to the grocery store, eating greatly out of pantry
reducing meat eating
being attentive to gas usage before deciding to drive somewhere
set AC at 80+ with lots of fans on
making presents rather than buying them, also collecting good stuff for free
learning a lot from MDC!A question in my head right now:
I would like to take the kids to the pool to have outdoor cool playdates with their friends, but the pool is like $10 for the bunch of us, I think, so that's a hard one to be sure about, as in, can I justify doing it once a month? Once a week? Still trying to figure that one out. We do have savings, so I *can* dip in as needed, it's just that it's finite, and it's our security, with a lot of uncertainty up ahead.
Thanks, mamas! Here's to a July full of love, friendship, nature, deep breathing, good sleep, laughter, and all the best things in life, since they're all free!