You know, I think about these all week, and every Friday sneaks up on me.
We are in birthday party mayhem around here. I think I am going to start fazing out the birthday parties. We went to every other year a couple years ago, but this three in six weeks right after Christmas is really causing me some stress.
Of course, I am taking the easy way out this year. Nothing is at the house. This means things are more expensive, but all I have to do is show up, slap down some cash, and then I can chat it up. Super easy. But not cheap.
I don't do New Years resolutions, but I am trying to stay within budget, which is quite difficult on one income and with five kids. But I have some strategies worked out. Like when we absolutely MUST get to the store, I wait another two or so days. This forces us to really eat out of the pantry. And then when I return from the store there is such jubilation at the marvel of food that it lightens the whole mood.
And I am going less places. The less places we go, the less likely we are to spend money. The weather has been helping me out with this:
Like everywhere, it was cold here this week as well.
Of course there is the curse of the internet: amazon. I have a love hate relationship with this place. I love the convenience of getting what I need or want in two days. But then I get that blasted credit card bill and I am like: "Oh good gracious! What in the... how did I... whoa!"
We are planning a rummage sale for LMCA in the Spring and going through stuff has really helped me to see that we have so much more than we need. I am sure we aren't the only ones. Someone chime in and tell me I am not walking this road alone!