A while ago, I spent a year cutting over $5000 out of our family budget. I cancelled magazines, newspapers, and cut out cable TV. I am cloth diapering kid #4 and have been reselling my kids clothes. I am posting lots on eBay and have considerably downscaled the birthday celebrations at my house. I clip coupons, buy on sale and am always on the look out for a bargain. Since is it has been sometime, I thought I'd document where we stand with our budgeting.
Here are some positive moments in the budgeting process:
Paying off my husband's car
Getting all the kids on board with the "party or a bike" birthday plan
Great garage sale haul for kid #4
A TON of summer clothes for kid #1 given to us by a friend
Here are some down times:
Paying more out of pocket for health coverage
Husband's transmission died 2 weeks after pay off
Kid #3 wants to play hockey (YIKES!)
Copays for kid #2 over and above what we are used to
Adding a gluten free diet for kid #3 (Those groceries aren't cheap!)
So, I am getting ready to take some of our extra items to my parents' house for a neighborhood yard sale. I have some items listed on eBay. I am looking for a flexible part time job. I am trying to get okay with telling the kids no. I am missing a real hair cut and highlight.
We have goals. I want to be debt free. We want to move or renovate. So I am trudging along. I know that the real blessing is that I am home with the kids and I need to appreciate that.