Thursday, December 20, 2007

Gosh... lots of deep thoughts this month

It is a month for deep thoughts I guess. Or for reflections. The new year is coming. In two days the earth will have come to her very darkest, and started the year a new. The kids and I will celebrate with candles and popcorn and probably a long talk and some mindless entertainment.

I too, am starting this new year of the earth; with a commitment. A few actually. I am not sure how they are going to pan out. I don't have a very good support system in which to back these things right now. It is not that Don doesn't support me, he just has a very hard time living with in means that make it seem possible for us to do things like think globally, buy locally, and not buy on credit. He wants and loves the gadgets. And rightly so. He deserves the gadgets. In a way... just as much as any good, hard working, public servant does. I am trying to find a way to get down to the brass tacks of what we want to do with our money and help him not feel deprived. We used to be good at that. When we REALLY had no money, those things come easy. But two years of tons of stress and doubling our income made the creature comforts seem easy to obtain, and more than a little necessary. How does one go about making it so the creature comforts of life are once again small, simple affairs?

2 comments:

Katie said...

Hey you - I came across this blog today and I only had a few moments to skim it, but it looks like something you might (and maybe Don...) might get a lot out of.

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/

Anyway I was going to tell you about it and then I see this post. Perfect timing.

Shannon Hodgins said...

I've made it a rule to keep something in my "spending journal" for a while to make sure it's a need. I've also switched to trying to buy everything used or thrifted if possible. I got everything used for Christmas (and we focused on simple) except a pair of jeans for hubby. I couldn't find his size in used and he really does need some.

It's like a little game to me now.......but my husband does get frustrated. He thinks I'm going "too crunchy" but it's mostly when he feels inconvenienced. Seriously, I look around at all our "stuff" and I know we aren't hurting for anything.......... Shannon