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Two steps forward...a leap back...

April 6th, 2012 at 03:50 pm

So...about a week into my new blog, and new mindset...it has been a hard week facing reality...but it was time.

I have returned two things this week...so YAY! And I also have spent the last two days unsubscribing from emails from shopping places...do not need the temptation, so no more emails. This actually makes me feel like I am taking my power back from the retailers.

I feel wonderful in making these steps...and deciding no on the hockey play off tickets. In addition, my husband and I have talked and we are not doing a trip we had planned this year since we really cannot afford it, we will instead use our time off to work on the house, or take a camping trip, which is definitely cheaper since we have all the stuff!

So while I am feeling positive about these things...the ball drops...I find out my husband's car needs new tires. Sigh. It feels like a big leap back. He is researching tires since his car has specialty tires, so he will find the best value, but it is still going to be about $800.

This is an expensive couple of months for us...we have a trip coming up to go to my husband's brothers wedding. We bought my husband a new suit (he needed one anyways) since he is the best man, and we have the trip out there...then I have a niece graduating, which will require a weekend trip with hotels, and a dog kennel bill...and we owed on our taxes, so that money will have to be paid...all these things I planned for, set money aside for...but not the tires.

It is ok...we will get the tires paid for, without creating more debt...it may just mean less debt gets paid off, which is frustrating when that is my plan. But just by having this plan and goal...we are spending less...so that should make a difference in the monthly expenditures, and still allow for a debt repayment.

I also am going to be looking into selling some more things on ebay...and getting my husband to list some things on craigslist....any money in is less money out of our pockets for these tires.

Anyways...thanks for listening to my rambles...I am looking forward to being less busy at work by the end of the month, and being able to work on a budget and getting balances DOWN!

Hope everyone has a good Easter weekend.

7 Responses to “Two steps forward...a leap back...”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Keep up the good work. Happy Easter!

  2. Swimgirl Says:

    Try hotwire for the hotel stays. We've had really good luck and the rates have been great.

  3. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    You are off to a fantastic start. Way to go on the returns and the email cancellations. You are getting your power back.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Don't feel bad about the tires. Everyone who owns a car needs them. When you get ahead a little and have an emergency fund in place it won't feel so bad.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    There will always be little or big setbacks. Facing them head on, as you are, instead of giving up (the old mindset) is definitely the thing to do, even when it's hard. You're doing great.

  6. snafu Says:

    Good on you for taking action to remove shopping sites and sticking to the plan in spite of the set back for unexpected expense. Life is a series of challenges and how you choose to cope defines your success.

    Summer offers areas for small reductions like lower level cable plan, reduced electric utilities, limit driving to necessities with planned errands, avoiding eating out, changing out apparel [winter to spring/summer] buying only what is necessary...it all adds up.

    Keep it up, we'll cheer you on.

  7. baselle Says:

    Welcome! It might help some to keep you committed if you compared unthinking "zombie" spending with your new frugal ways. Its hard to see any money going out, but if shop around tires are $800, while zombie tires are $1200; nice shop around dress is $75, zombie dress is $200; shop around plane flight is $x, zombie plane flight is $2x ... while you can mutter that $2500 is ugly, thank jebus you didn't spend $3500.

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