It's probably a little late to be posting New Year's goals, but it is still the FIRST week of January; so I'm going for it! When I started this blog last year, I basically did it to have a place to store all the useless bits of information I have accumulated through the years. Along the way I hoped it would help somebody else, too. I am eternally grateful to my Sister In Law for pushing me to do it. This blog has really helped me keep focused on maintaining a frugal lifestyle, despite a year on of financial instability. We bought out my husband's business partner in the Spring of 2009. Shortly after that the economic downturn hit our local economy hard. My husband livelihood relies on people having crown and bridge work done; something people do not do if they are struggling to survive. His business has seen a 30% drop in production. So, 2010 has provided the stress of keeping a business(and our employees) afloat, as well as, a myriad of unexpected, and expensive surprises. Here's a recap of last year, in twelve short month's:
- Dear Hubby slipped on the ice and shattered his knee cap.Required surgery and recuperation time.
- Dear Hubby starts Physical Therapy
- My oldest two children are in a car accident (It was Child #1's fault. DO NOT text and drive). Totaling Child #1's car and sending his sister to the hospital.
- Plumber comes to repair a split pipe that is flooding the basement (Note to self - learn plumbing repair!)
- The fuel pump goes out on our Suburban (that's what you get when you drive a 14 year old car, but it's paid for!)
- Continued Physical Therapy for Dear Hubby
- Shower pipe splits in the wall requiring another repair (Bless our sweet Neighbor that came to our rescue and fixed it).
- More Physical Therapy
- Washing Machine decides to blow a sensor ( I have an HE front load machine)
- Child #1 decides to jump over a pile of rocks while playing paint ball with his friends. Pile of rocks was actually a small cliff, and pressure fractures his arm.
- Hubby's truck needs repair work (also older, but paid for!)
- Help Child #2 purchase a new vehicle so he has transportation to and from work.
- Our School District implemented an increase in school fees to offset budget cuts. The increased fees also coincide with two children attending High School ( Child #1 is a Senior).
- Lull before the storm (a.k.a. Christmas)
- Christmas (enough said)
- Three Children's birthdays over a six week period
- Child #2's gall bladder goes wonky the week before Christmas and requires immediate removal.
- I am going to REALLY live by the addage, " USE IT UP, WEAR IT OUT, MAKE DO, OR DO WITHOUT".
- Purchases will only be made for necessary items. I have been asking myself "Do I NEED it, or do I WANT it. This really is an effective tool to eliminate overspending.
- I am not going to make any new purchases for house hold items (With the exception of a possible new fridge. Ours is 26+ years old and its on it's very last leg. Hopefully, when the time comes I can find a used one to fit the bill). I will be making do with what I already have.
- Any extra money will go toward paying off debt.
- I will be continuing to contribute to our saving accounts out of each paycheck to rebuild or savings.
- I am going to try keeping the grocery budget to $75.00 - $100.00 a week. That includes non grocery items, eating out, and my weekly contribution to Bountiful Baskets. I will be cooking and baking more from scratch, and relying heavily on bulk pantry staples and all the garden produce I canned and froze last year.
- Here's the hardest, but most important thing I want to accomplish this year. I want to keep a POSITIVE ATTITUDE about living on a shoe string budget.