I could find many reasons to complain and feel sorry for myself, but instead I am choosing to look on the bright side. After all, things could always be worse!
I used to always cook from scratch and bake treats for my family. Since I started working that quickly fell by the wayside making our food budget skyrocket. Now, I am careful to plan my meals according to my schedule, take stock of my pantry before shopping, make a list paired with coupons, use up leftovers, and bake. We are eating better and spending less money.
I could complain about not being able to redecorate the house. Instead I use a portion of my time off each week to Spring clean and get rid of our excess belongings. It's amazing how a good cleaning and lack of clutter can bring about a whole new look for nothing.
I could complain about not being able to spend money on _____ (insert stupid stuff here). But we have a dream of becoming 100% debt-free and I want to give my husband that before he turns 50 years old which is 8 years away. How fabulous of a birthday gift would that be?!!
We didn't get into this mess overnight and won't get out of it as quickly as I'd like, but this is going to be a lifestyle change. Eventually we will have a little free money, but I never, ever want to go into debt again once we are finally free.
Determined to conquer,