Earlier in the week I tweeted that we had a student loan payment electronically debited from our account an entire week too soon. We scrambled around for about thirty minutes thinking where we should pull money from until it hit us: we didn’t have to. We could cut waaaaay back and prove to ourselves that we could manage one-and-a-half weeks on $98. Well, it may be too soon to say officially, but I think we’re on track to hit that goal. Today was the first day that we’ve had to run out and replenish our “stock” at home. Milk, some ingredients to bake cookies with, and toothpaste. (I can make a lot of frugal changes, but using anything other than toothpaste isn’t one of them. Yet.)
Cutting back to amazing and under utilized staples in our household is what has done the trick. I baked homemade bread for the kids’ sandwiches. Squashes and chickpeas on hand came into play as great meal stretchers. Oatmeal and crepes (though not together) served as breakfast faves. The fact that I don’t drive much (and we have a hybrid) also kept our gas expense low. Park days and some time at home also rounded out our low-on-cash week.
I’m so excited that we have become so resourceful! I know that if we hadn’t been put in this situation, we would have likely spent money calling it “necessity” when, clearly, we have all the necessities. A year ago, we likely would’ve been under much more duress and not as relaxed about the “lurch” we were in. It just goes to show that perception is everything. Different priorities and goals– and truly acting on them– has changed so much in our financial lives as well as our personal lives.