The “B” word

Written on October 21st, 2009 by Hope

My husband is the primary bread-winner in the family. I have a small photography business that makes a little extra money here and there, but overall, it is more of a creative outlet for me than a regular income. My primary job is taking care of the kids, house, husband, pets….family. And we all know that that doesn’t pay well. So, when my husband brought up the “b” word (budget) several months ago, I got a little nervous. It seems that my spending habits overall are not that bad. I don’t drive a luxury car, in fact, I don’t even have a car payment. We don’t take extravagant vacations or go out to dinner every night. I’m pretty good at cutting costs when I can  like using coupons at the grocery store. However, I do have a weakness, that I know many women have…CLOTHES…and SHOES!  So, after looking at what I was spending each month on clothing (which was kind of scary and embarrassing), my husband tried to put me on a budget. To me, a budget is a lot like being on a diet. The more I feel restricted, the more I want the thing that I can’t have. So after a couple of “good” months,  I fell off the budget wagon. Sorry, James! In an attempt to get back in good graces, I recently took several things back to the store that I decided I could live without.  And starting today, I am back on budget. I am making a honest attempt to not buy any clothes or shoes for anyone in the family for at least a month! Wow…that’s huge, but I think I can do it. I will let you all know how it’s going! Wish me luck…I’m going to need it.

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