Well folks, another boring week over here at FancyPants Manor. We bought groceries. And gas. And we took our daughter to her school’s monthly skate party (we had budgeted that in, and the cost was $10 for both her and my husband to skate, for those of you who would like to know exact dollar amounts of what we do). That about encompasses the excitement that abounds, I tell ya. Aside from the $1000 emergency savings fund, nothing really exciting happened over here.
In other news, I made our meal plan until April 13, which is huge. That will save me a lot of time. I want to be able to get up until and shortly after the birth of Finola planned and shopped for in advance so I don’t have to worry about it. I don’t know a lot of “let’s take the new mom casseroles and dinner” folks, so I figure I better get on it myself. So that’s the plan. I am sure it won’t be hard. I am disciplined and diligent, and I take care of what needs taken care of. NO big. I got this. 🙂
The Universe has been doing some really neat things over here at FancyPants Manor, which I am going to be weird and vague about for right now, but know it is SO true that God provides, and that good things happen when you don’t even come close to expecting them. It’s amazing when something happens that just literally nails you to the wall. And I was nailed to the wall yesterday, that’s for sure. I have gotten the chance to talk to two friends and educate them on what has worked for us, and they are implementing their own systems in their homes to help their families. And that means more to me than anything. To think that I can use this time to educate people and help them out by what I have learned is a dream, and it was something I didn’t know I wanted to do until I started it all. So, if you need tips, feel free to ask. 🙂 I will share it all (as you know!). I am in a uniquely blessed position to teach and help others, and that is always cool for me. I am a born teacher, in many ways.
We are really getting the hang of No Spend Month, and I am trying to figure out when we can do it again. I’d like to do it again around September-ish. We could do August, but August is school supply season (which, admittedly, we could budget for and buy in advance, so it wouldn’t be an issue). So, August or September just seems like a good time to try it again. I’d like to implement it twice a year. March will be Low Spend Month until the husband gets that phone call, which we all hope comes in March. I am almost positive it will; I told you I have good feelings about it coming soon. But, like with anything, we don’t know until we know. So, we wait. Yay waiting. I have become an amazingly patient person because I haven’t had a choice. lol.
Nothing fun to report. Next week is the end of this journey. I can’t believe it. 🙂 No Spend Month will be a distant memory, and hopefully in a few months’ time, all that is left of this crazy layoff period are the memories of the lessons we learned, the budget skills we implemented, the meals we planned, and the memories of the amazing times we had with all of us together. You know what WON’T be left? Debt! And that, that is such an amazing feeling that I cannot even express. The girls will be a wreck when he goes back, but they are resilient and will adjust accordingly. This time with them has been invaluable, for them and my husband. They have gotten the chance to value time with him (and me), and that is far more important than anything we could buy for them…
And, in these times, we have an excess of time where there is a lack of money…
And they are better for that.