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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


That Money Thing

Good grief, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve written a post about the debt thing.  So, let’s do a little run down, shall we?  You all know how I love to type out lists…let the list begin!

1. Yes, we are still in debt.

2. Debt sucks big donkey wads.

3. Being the head track coach was really bad for our dining budget and gas budget.

4. Budgets are a necessary evil.

5. Sometimes I like to ignore the budget.

5.5 Ignoring the budget causes my husband to sigh a lot in my direction and ask questions like, “Do you know we have a budget?”

6. Having a job this year let us loosen our belts a bit.

7. Having a job made me so busy that I had no time to think about spending money on things that I really love.

8. I really love working cameras, comfortable dining room chairs and in general fixing up the farmhouse.

9. Now, that school is out for the summer, I suddenly have the urge to spend heaping mounds of cash on working cameras, comfortable dining room chairs and in general fixing up the farmhouse.

10. Good thing I have severe anxiety when it comes to purchasing cameras and furniture and lumber supplies.

11. I sort of, kind of gave up my envelope system.

12. I found that if I have cash I do this crazy thing……I spend it.

13. I use shopping cards that I purchase from my children’s school to buy our groceries. So, it’s still like I have a cash amount, without the cash in my pocket.

14. Coupons are still an awesome thing to save a ton of money, but they are a lot of work.

15. Cashiers do NOT understand coupons.

16. A lot of cashiers think I’m trying to cheat the store out of money by using coupons.

17. Sometimes I feel like an overbearing-penny pinching-uptight- money monger when I have to explain how to enter the correct amount of the buy one get one free details on the coupon to the cashier.

18. There’s a few things I’d like to do with those coupons that include: start a fire, make a good soup and fill the giant hole in the cashiers ear lobe.  But, I’ll keep using them, when I’m organized enough to use them.

19. Have I mentioned that really I think coupons SUCK giant wads of time and energy out of me?  Ugh.

20.  Debt sucks.

So, let’s hear how you all are doing?  Are you paying your bills?  Getting out of the hole?  Saving up cash for the next great thing or disaster?  Frustrated with coupons?  Let’s hear it.

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