Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Life-ing. I first heard this phrase from my youngest, a ripe old age of 20. And I realized that my first born will be 27 this month ( I actually had to count up the years, there is no way it went by that quickly- where was I?) So what is life-ing? Going through the day to day, week to week, month to month, and year to year. Somehow trying to enjoy each moment, each stage ( state) that I find myself in.

My husband is now in the state of unemployment. That's good news and bad news. Good news is at least he is not 20 hours away in a foreign country making a living like he did the last two years. The bad news is he has no job. No money. And LOTS of time on his hands. He finds lots of projects to do- for me as well as him. Issue here- I still work a full time job. I don't have time for extra projects. His latest is Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover. Which puts me in a state of financial lockdown. I totally agree with the concepts, but am having a hard time convincing my husband that you must have money in order to make it over. A by-product is, we now account for every penny we spend. (Or find- he has eagle eyes that spot lost coins in parking lots and stores). And we are on a $50 week food budget. March 15th (week #2) we had spent $197.00, shopping at Aldi's , using coupons, and hunting down manager specials. Oops. Can anyone relate?

It has made me get more creative in the kitchen, making for some interesting meals. The one saving grace is that our kids don't eat here anymore. Our youngest is appalled when she comes home and looks in the fridge and cupboards and asks if we are starving. I tell her there is plenty of food, you just have to make it, a totally foreign concept to her. I obviously missed the life-ing part of teaching her to cook. So my reflection for today is to enjoy each moment, savor each meal, look for pennies from heaven, and teach your kids how to cook from random ingredients in your cupboard. They made need that skill someday.

1 comment:

  1. Wait a minute, wait a minute. This is the same guy, when you were budgeting, had to have twenty bucks in his pocket, just in case? Seriously?? Wow. Well good for you. Tell him to pray. I also use coupons with the manager specials on sale, double savings. My best was saving seventy dollars on a 120 dollar food bill at Meijers. Awesome.



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