After a recent change at my company my husband and I now get paid every Friday. It is sort of like being in high school again with a weekly paycheck. I’m thankful for the timing of the change b/c it has helped make this all feel more doable.
We each get $200 per week out of which we have to pay for groceries for a family of six (I’ve made HUGE strides in grocery spending since the first of the year), gas and anything else we need for the week. I’m getting pretty good at making it a game for myself–to see how long I can hang on to the full $200. This little game has already made an impact on decisions. I was in such a terrible habit of using the debit card and not keeping track of the many swipes. My goal is to use whatever I have left at the end of the week and pay down debt…even if it is only 10 bucks!
It has also been a great lesson for the kids. In this world of debit cards they’ve grown up in seeing cash is somewhat unusual for them. The 12-year-old hadn’t gone into a gas station to pay cash for a tank of gas before—and that was a great experience for him, the other kids and me! All of the kids are at a great age to learn from our new spending habits.
So, it’s Friday night and I still have ten 20 dollar bills in my wallet. 🙂