After paying OFF a few bills and making our usual monthly utility & mortgage payments, filling the gas tank and buying Kitty Kitty her meals, that's the balance in the check book. Until next month.
Most people would be in a panic, wondering how they'd "make it" another 24-25 days. Not us.
We're well stocked in food, personal hygiene and medical supplies. We're used to living well below the poverty line and most importantly, we're accustomed to staying home.
The price of gas has risen by 58 cents a gallon here in 16 days. It doesn't affect us until we fill up next month because we're not out running around just to be "out and about."
Living on a limited income RESPONSIBLY requires making prudent choices and sticking to them, no matter what shiny bauble tries to seduce you.
Some people never seem to understand that concept and suffer accordingly. Such is the case of an online acquaintance who's mumbling about "not knowing what to do" because two bills are due and she has no money. Being the disgusted, plain speaking woman I can often be, I asked her how much she contributed to the casino this month and was she still having her acrylic nails done.
"Of course I have my nails done!" She yiped. "And my hair cut at a salon. I don't dare hack it off like you do!"
Well, people keep complimenting my "hack" job, so I guess I'm not doing too bad in the hair department!
As for my nails, a reliable pair of clippers and an emery board get regular use.
My point to Ms. Prima Donna is that simple choices make a huge difference in one's quality of life - if financial responsibility and harmony in your home are your goals.
Yep, we love, love, love one another and our $100.12 balance! Heck, last month it was $86.17!
Of course, we have cash stashed here and there but that's like hiding candy away and discovering it years later - well preserved but still useful.