I’m trying to be optimistic about our new spending habits and decided on…
My Top 5 Reasons Why Living Within Your Means (Especially While Broke) is Totally and Completely Awesome
#1) For once in my life, I’m not all that concerned about a purse snatching. The days of credit cards in my wallet are long gone. If a thief can profit off my purse containing only a Costco card, a snotty tissue, and a pair of tweezers… more power to him.
#2) My husband and I get to try ‘experimental’ cuisine!
The old me used to take grocery lists to the store with silly items like: Expensive pre-cooked chicken, organic herbs, fine chocolate, $3 avocados…
Now my list reads: Anything on sale.
If anyone knows a good recipe for pigs intestine, Safeway brand peanut butter, and Ragu pasta sauce, please pass it my way.
#3) When solicitors come to my door peddling everything from magazine subscriptions to pest control, I can say, ‘We can’t afford it at this time’ and for the first time, it isn’t a bold faced lie.
#4) I finally have a sense of value. I value everything I have worked for….
And I think about how much I could get for it on EBay.
If my husband comes home tonight and all the furniture is gone…
I didn’t auction it off, we were robbed. Or at least, that’s my story.
#5) My husband and I are forming a tighter bond in our marriage. No, we aren’t ‘holding to each other during these trying times’ or whatever romantic notion you have, we simply cut back on our cable tv. Since neither of us are fans of the Public Broadcasting Telethon nor the 50,000th re-run of Everybody Loves Raymond, we are forced to…
After 15 seconds of that garbage (wink), we warm up the Nintendo and shoot the crud out of each other in Contra.
Bonding I tell you, Bonding.
Hmm. Maybe this optimism thing isn’t so bad. What do you have to add? What makes you smile about living within your means?
Beks is a full-time government employee who enjoys blogging late into the night after her four kids have gone to sleep. She’s been married to Chris, her college sweetheart, for 15 years. In 2017, after 3 long years working the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps, they paid off more than $70K and became debt free. When she’s not working or blogging, she’s exploring the great outdoors.