More Stuff I Shouldn’t Be Worrying About

As the American economy collapses, it seems that my own personal economy is starting to collapse, too.  I’ve lost one of the three children I babysit (and they still owe for a week’s worth of my service), and the marketing service I do work for from home (which makes up anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of my income, depending on the time of year) has been looking troubled for sometime.  I’d be lying if I said I’m not freaked out.  I am VERY freaked out.  And I’m also a little upset at myself for feeling that way, since our needs always seem to get met, even if that means our standard of living is lower than we would like it to be.

 

There is one more implication to all of my economic madness that I shouldn’t forget to mention: if I’m not making money, I need to be putting my time into SAVING money.  We’ve been pretty bare-bones in our expenditures for over 3 years now, so the only place I can do that is in our food budget.  The things I call “conveniences” — disposable (vs. cloth) diapers, canned (vs. dried) beans, boxed (vs. made from scratch and seasoned) Mexican rice, store-bought tortillas and breads, breakfast cereals, meat in general — are all of a sudden being called into question.  (Don’t worry, honey, I doubt we’d ever make the switch to cloth diapers — that’s a whole other blog entry.)  I guess the food front is what I’m more worried about.  Do I know how to be thriftier than I am?  Why do I feel like such a failure sometimes?

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2 responses to “More Stuff I Shouldn’t Be Worrying About

  1. Yeah, I know what you mean. I have to say though, I think you have been very resourceful and have been fortunate to find work the way that you have. Maybe cutting Netflix and keeping the most basic cable? Also, I have my old Kodak 3.0 pixel, if you want it I can send it to you. It’s responsible for most of the pictures on my flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dianecherie/2303795356/ and http://www.flickr.com/cameras/kodak/cx7330_zoom/

    Its old and has small mega pixels, but it still takes good pics, as you can see from my flickr. I bought a new camera for my trip to Costa Rica.

  2. Tommy won’t let me cut Netflix, and we already have the most basic of cables…it’s $8/month (just regular networks, nothing fancy). I want to cut the land line (Vonage — $33/month), but we have a 2-year contract that’s up in July. I will definitely be cutting that then because of all the issues I’ve had with it. Probably going to Skype after that…

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