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Think Think Think Think….

So, I have been thinking a ton about money. Budgets, specifically. And priorities. Also, pop tarts vs. Toaster Strudel, but that’s a different post altogether.

(Also, hi, if you’re here it’s because I lured you here with my promise of chocolate candy and water bras. Unfortunately, all that’s rally here is a bunch of possibly boring words. I have copied over some of my favorite posts from my current blog and have decided to keep a public blog as well. Why? Why blog publicly when one has a perfectly good private blog that has been operational for over 4 years? Because I am an attention whore. That is all.)

What was I talking about? Right, money. I am an individual who has 3 jobs as I write this. I also have a child and responsibilities that are non money related. To be fair, 2 of my 3 jobs are not even part time, but they require work, none the less. Even with all of this, the truth is we are barely making it. Us and the rest of America. So, I have decided that I need to check out my budget and start making cuts. In an effort to do this, I have been checking out some different frugal blogs for ideas and pictures to steal. Ok, maybe not really pictures. There are a ton of these blogs out there and some of them are really interesting. For example:

However, here is the difference I am finding between myself and many of the authors of these blogs. It seems that many of them chose to quit their jobs to stay home with kids, or other such noble endeavors. I, on the other hand, work like someone is going to take it away from me. This is not a statement on these other blog authors, it is a statement on me. I have always considered the term “stay at home” mom to be kind of an insult. I have STAYED home before. Those women work harder than I EVER will, with all three of my jobs. Raising kids is serious business and it’s hard work, with little thanks. I, on the other hand, get the nice little break of going to work. Yet these people are making it and we are struggling. Hmmmm….

I think there is something to be said for motivation. These other blog authors had something to motivate them to budget. That is, whittling away at their expenses served a greater good that went beyond making ends meet. And I think that is my problem. I am working, doing everything I am supposed to do and still crawling. So the idea of cutting my cable turns me off because we don’t do much else for entertainment. I have several other examples of this kind of thinking but I will spare you the details.

So. I have come to the conclusion that I need some motivation that matters to me. I will never be the mother who stays home, so the idea of cutting back so we can live on one income is not happening. Maybe cutting back so we can put anything I make in savings? That would be nice… Maybe save for an actual vacation, something my son has never had? I don’t know.

So, in conclusion, pop tarts are WAY better than toaster strudel because they leave less mess.