Hmm, I feel an interesting quandary today. Because of some heat that I took for "complaining about money" on this blog, I feel hesitant to share concerns that I have when our expenditures exceed our cash flow. That has happened to us occasionally recently, and it's hard on me. Because some of you have expressed the opinion that I have nothing to complain about because of my very real blessings, I have felt like I'm going to be attacked if I do share my minor struggles with learning to budget more tightly.
But you know, for all the people out there who think I'm whiny, there may be some out there who appreciate what I have to say. So for those of you who get something out of my journey and the things I'm learning, I'm going to attempt to shrug off the effects of these comments and continue on. Because, after all, I'm a real person writing what I write, and when people say hurtful things to me, well... it hurts. If you think I whine too much about money problems, please move on. We've established that that's your opinion. And if you do get anything out of this, please comment and let me know that. I don't know why any of y'all are reading my rantings anyway... =)
So on to my budgeting tip for the day! =) I don't know if most people know about this or not, but I learned a few years ago that you can get wrapping paper, bows, gift bags, and party supplies much more cheaply at the dollar store than you can anywhere else, even Walmart. I looked at a pack of party plates for Seth's party this weekend at Target, and they were charging about $3 for 12 of them. I got some really cute ones today at the dollar store, 16 for $1. Much better. I can always find cute wrapping paper there, and today I even scored some Sesame Street paper. Their large gift bags look like what you get at Walmart or Target, and they're less than half the price.
And today... I cut the cable. Da da da dum. I thought it would be a traumatic experience to go from full on cable internet to cable lite. Nope. Not a problem at all! I don't download large files, so I'm not noticing a slow down one little bit. I shoulda done this a month ago! If you're thinking about going lite, and you have regular high speed, just try it. I was told that I could get it right back if I changed my mind, so there's no down side.
Another thing I learned today was that I get free security and virus protection through the cable company. You don't have to pay extra for that kind of thing 'cause it's included! I installed it on the computer, and now I don't have to worry that I'm letting my cheapskate tendencies compromise our computer investment. (Our free trial with Mcaffee had expired.)
Have a great day! I know I'm going to! Seth is feeling a little more cheerful, and the snot is flowing a little less freely. The chicken is marinating, and I am getting out tonight for some fun with other mommies. The laundry may even get folded this afternoon...