Charley and I are having 'fun' working together to save money. Duh, I know we can't control what might go wrong, like our septic system going hay wire, but we are attempting to be more conscious of our expenditures. There are things we can do to save a little more efficiently and responsibly such as planning meals, not having so much 'fun' with frivolous purchases of media etc. Sigh. The rumor of Bosch moving to Detroit gets stronger as time passes and we would like to not move so will have to pray for other solutions and basically for God's will in all this. I am NOT freaked out which Charley sometimes forgets and attempts to 'protect' me from by not sharing this information with me but it really helps the family to realize what is going on. So Charley has taken up going to the bread store for us, is helping with processing some food which was basically free to eat this winter, and also goes on milk runs. This saves on out of the way trips. Everyone knows how to do this of course, it is just a pain to keep up with. I appreciate his willingness to work with me and he feels better knowing effort is being made to make conscious decisions.
So........we went out to eat last week for my bday. Holding with tradition, boring though this sounds, I got myself a gift. Charley called uncle on this years ago. And as tradition goes, I went outside last night to fetch him from his hobby of digging holes and pouring cement, to ask him please come in and give me my birthday gift. He comes in and asks where it is and 'wraps' it up and gives it me. I open it with the appropriate exclaims of surprise. It really was a gift to both of us this year. 'His' gift to me seasons five and six of 24 bought used on Amazon. Our addiction can carry on now. I think we are going to start over when we are done as they are pretty entertaining.
My brain is screwing itself into more thriftiness and not changing our giving. The Lord will certainly take care of us, but he sends boats and helicopters too. I like being able to work with the husband on these goals as sadly we have not taken the time to manage finances so well in the past so off we struggle along on this continued adventure. My other birthday gift to me was to completely eliminate ALL credit card debt. It happened Monday. House, vehicles, and credit cards all paid off and zeroed. Time for a new debt to crop up but maybe not. It seems that is the way things go but at least it seems more like progress. I don't have a payroll job but am trying to do what I can to get organized and help out more.
I will shut up now........I am sure this is nothing new or that exciting to folks........just thinking out loud.