I wanted to do a thankful Thursday. Really I did. But instead I am sitting here with the budget. It doesn't look good, people! When did living become so difficult? And my kids are growing. It's only going to get harder!
Okay, I am not a detailed oriented person, so sticking to a budget has always been difficult for me. I have created some really big messes in the past. Sometimes my husband is a little more gracious about it, and sometimes notsomuch. I have tried to hand over the checkbook and the stack of bills. No dice. I have tried to sit down with Hubby and do it together. Still, no dice. He doesn't want to be burdened with the details. He wants to go to work, earn a paycheck, and come home to a house whose electricity is running, and the cars are not being hidden from yon repo man. It shouldn't be too much to ask, should it? Should it????
So how is it that the savings account is rather quickly dwindling a bit at a time while we are trying to cover our hinies and all the money we are spending?
So I sat down with the checking account statement and the budget today. Now I know why we went over the budget this payday. And I called him and told him that we need to close up shop, so to speak. Fortunately, all the bills are paid, and current, so we are no longer trying to play catch up. And we have no credit card, so we have only a little debt. (two car notes and a camper note) What is eating us alive is the gas budget and the grocery budget. I was standing in the grocery store the other day looking at canned peas, and wondering when they started costing a freaking $1.25 a can?! And milk is near $4 a gallon.
So I went around turning off lights and adjusting the temperature on the window air conditioners. There has to be a way to conserve around here.
I guess I should be thankful that all the bills are getting paid, and we are all healthy.
And Shawn hopes to see a cost of living increase in the near future. 'Bout time, if you ask me. He hasn't had one in three years.