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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


Living with Debt

Hello my friends. How’s the debt reduction going out there?  We are fast approaching our two year mark when we first decided to buckle down and beat this debt thing once and for all.  Traction is the word that Damn Ramsey likes to use when referring to digging in and getting serious about debt.  Sometimes, we get stuck spinning our wheels.  We got no traction, man. I have a lot of excuses for the spinning.  In all honesty it boils down to needing  focus, diligence, persistence, good planning and organization.  There are many days when I have none of those.

I’m spread a bit thin this year.  I took on a job that requires a lot of my energy.  It takes me away from the house more and more, which takes away from the kitchen control that I once had.  We are eating out more often, grabbing snacks, eating in the van…Lord, please do not judge me on the smell coming from my van…it’s a bit crazy this life on the run.

I can sympathize with all of you that work full time and try to plan meals at home, it’s very hard and I’m not even close to working full time.  Go back and read that last sentence a few times in your best whiny voice and you’ll have a good picture of what it’s like to live with me right now.

I think the biggest part of my problem is the lack of a schedule.  I have a schedule, but it’s different everyday and sometimes I don’t know what I’m doing until the minute I’m doing it, add to that the five other people I live with and you have a lady spinning, running and feeding her children brownies for breakfast.

I’m longing for the days that I can rightfully run into a store,  buy whatever I need to make my life easier and get on with my crazy dance.  When we are done with this debt thing I’m going to hire a housekeeper, a farm hand, a grocery shopper and I’m going to have my van detailed at least once a week.

Until then, I’ll be trying once again to do better, stay focused and get us out of the HOLE!

A week or so ago I was driving some volunteers to a job very early on a Saturday morning.  On the way home, I decided to follow a few garage sale signs.  It is rare that I intentionally go to garage sales, I would like to make it intentional, but I don’t.  I found the best sale, ever!  I spent $9.00 and came away with a bag of  fabric, new pillow cases, several aprons,  a lamp for one of my boys, a pretty green jar for Ellen’s room, a lot of t-shirts, two pairs of Adidas shorts, dishes, an American flag (I’ve been collecting big flags to decorate our porch with for the 4th of July parties we have) and some other things that I’m forgetting.  It was so much fun to get some things we needed and wanted and not spend a fortune.

Finding a sale like that actually helps me recharge my debt diet.  It makes me realize if I work hard enough I can beat this stupid debt.

Are you ready for some pictures of my fun finds?


Cast Iron Dipper $0.50


Two of the four plates and eight bowls $3.00


Chandelier for Ellen’s room $2.00 (I found this at a different sale).

Jean Martha, tell me where I’m going to find all those replacement parts!  And then come and fix this thing for me, please!

Now, tell me how you’ve saved money lately.  I need inspiration.

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