This past month we’ve been very frugal. Almost penny-pinching, I’d say. We’ve had a high percentage of zero-dollar-days, and we’ve been very organized around meals and lunches. I think we deserve a pat on the back!
I should go back a little and explain why the crackdown. In early May, my daughter and I went to Scotland. Yup–International Travel! And no, we didn’t go on points or get some amazing deal on our trip; we just went. We did have a free place to stay and free meals apart from lunches out, and without that our trip would have been impossible, but it broke the bank, totally.
And to make matters worse, my dear husband, who was left home alone while I was galavanting in the Scottish midlands, consoled himself by going out for dinner and drinks nearly every single night! I kindof understand why; I would need a little cheering up too if my husband went away on some fun vacation while I minded the fort back home . . . but it still made difficult matters even worse.
Of course I have reasons for going on this improperly budgeted-for trip. I’m pregnant, and have a 2-year old, and I have a good friend whose family lives just outside Edinburgh. She’s been inviting me to come visit for years, and this time, when she had to go back for a wedding I thought, “Well, if it’s not now, it might well be never!” I can’t imagine either doing this with two little ones, or even leaving one behind. Also my mom really wanted to go, and the timing just seemed right.
We were very good with our Pounds while we were there, and didn’t go crazy with souveniers or anything, but still, I managed to use a fair bit of spending money.
So, I get back and see that our bank account has been bleeding while I was away, and this on top of our line of credit, and our credit card balance . . . we needed to react swiftly and strongly. Hence the blog. Hence the intense frugality. Hence the search for every little way I can find to save money, at least until we can pay our bills and get rid of a couple of our debts & headaches.
People might read this blog and think “I should be more frugal. I should be better with my money.” But really, I think, if you don’t need to be because of some crisis, don’t beat yourself up about it. If you’ve got your head above water, if you’re in the black, you deserve to relax about money. I’m not saying go crazy, but if you don’t have to spend every day asking, “Did we spend zero dollars today?” then don’t worry too much about it.
There are better things to do with your life than think about money all the time.