Our family currently lives on a single income – mine. And I’m a teacher, so that income isn’t exactly huge. I’d put us somewhere in the low to mid middle-class spectrum.
My husband stays home with our son while Mama brings home the bacon. It just made more sense this way – I’m the one with health insurance and a retirement plan. My job, after fourteen years, is pretty stable and the schedule is good (I mean, not too many jobs out there can boast of a 10 week vacation during the summer). Of course, I really really would rather be the one at home with Izzy, but we couldn’t argue with logic on this one.
So, we budget. It isn’t always easy. We’ve learned to live frugally. We’ve learned to cut costs wherever we can. We don’t get to travel much. When we do, it’s day trips or camping excursions, not jaunts to resorts or European getaways.
I’ve had to learn how to window shop. I get creative with the wardrobe I have, instead of buying new stuff. I do the best I can with what I’ve got. I make it work.
I brew my coffee and tea at home, instead of stopping at trendy coffee shops each day. I brown-bag my lunch to work – usually a sandwich and a Greek yogurt, nothing fancy. I use coupons at the grocery store and shop in bulk when it’s cost effective.
We don’t go out to dinner, or to the movies. Netflix and home cooked dinners are our daily specials. Happy hour means putting some Reggae or Jazz on Pandora and enjoying a glass of “Two-buck Chuck” after our almost-one year old goes to bed.
Right now, it just has to be this way. Sometimes it’s frustrating. Sometimes we cry. Sometimes it puts us on edge. But, at the end of the day, we are okay. We’ve got a roof over our heads and food in our bellies. We have good friends, good books, a lot of laughter and a lot of song. We’ve got family and each other. We’ve got LOVE.
Here’s to what’s important.
Today’s Gratitude List:
· Old friends coming to visit
· Raspberry ice tea