This morning I sat down to do our taxes and was in for a mighty shock. We owe both federal and state taxes just over $1,000 and have 10 weeks before the April 15th deadline. Needless to say, I will need to be ruthless in reducing our expenses.
Not only do we need to pay the government but my car needs tires, we have a rotten pecan tree in the yard that must come down and we'd hoped to buy a new mattress this year, along with paying off our two credit cards.
There is no time for pity parties. I am going to have to work my behind off to make these things happen. I've got my eyes fixed on these goals and am determined to achieve them!
My husband doesn't see how we can do this. Neither can I but where there's a will there's a way. And I will fight to the bitter end.
Today, I am working on my menu plan for the week based on sale items and will be going through my coupons to match up with the sales. I'll do the shopping after work tomorrow.
We will be eating very simple yet filling meals, all made from scratch. Desserts will be homemade, too. If I can make it myself, I don't need to buy it.
Household cleaners will be made instead of bought.
We are going to DO instead of buy. We have board games. We have books to read & access to the library. Watch movies & favorite tv programs. Draw. Play pool. Work in the yard. Clean house. Declutter. Bake. Write at this blog. Research money-saving. Plant a garden. Go for a walk. Play with the dogs.
We are going to make do with what we have. Use things up and wear them out.
When we do have to buy an item, we're going to look for alternatives to buying new.
Now we are redefining the concept of "living the good life". A life not filled with consumerism and excess.
I don't expect this to be easy. I don't expect it to happen overnight. I can be certain there will be setbacks - there always are. But I also know that this too shall pass and we will come out all the better for it.
Just remind me of that when I freak out....