Sunday, May 18, 2008

Tight, tight, tight!



Things are hard all over! I see on the news a family that the husband works a full time job while the wife works three part time jobs. One job pays the utilities, one pays the mortgage, and the other buys groceries. I don't remember what the husband's job pays for, maybe bills. Anyway, they have two small children and she just found out she is pregnant again. They don't know what they will do, but seemed hopeful. This is back East, so I imagine that the financial crunch must be tighter in a larger city.

Here things are also tight. The gas and grocery prices are rising, and the salaries seem to be the same. But I am thankful for something now that I used to be unthankful for (much to my shame), I am married to a very tight man. I mean that in the way that he doesn't just spend money...he doesn't just let me spend money (why I was unthankful perhaps?). We have switched our lights to the energy saving bulbs about four years ago...long before it was the style. We run our bath water into a bucket until it gets warm and use it to water plants (strawberries and such) instead of letting it go down the drain. We are frugal with our lights, and air conditioning, and I use a clothes line. In the winter I can hang the clothes on hangers and they dry over night because our house is a balmy 87...we use a wood furnace that lives in our garage, and vents into our house (we all help chop wood during the summers...something to see actually). I also am always using coupons and have been on a grocery allowance, although I push that sometimes. :) So, God has taken care of me and my children by making my husband a tight man with his money. Things are still difficult, but not quite so bad for us right now. I know things can get better or worse, but I am thankful that I have been in training for almost 8 years now for the hard times. People always say what they would do if they won the lottery. We would probably get new carpet, build a sun room, but I doubt it would be spent without thought.

7 comments:

Momstheword said...

I think provident is a better word. That man has been known to get you some very lovely thoughtful gifts, well thought out and not spontaneous spending.

Robin said...

Your husband sounds like a smart man. Great post! Great tribute to your husband.

Monday through Sunday said...

Good for you! Things are tight..but when I look around I find I am so blessed. I am not searching for my family in China after an earthquake..or getting no help after a cyclone..and so much more..our tightness can be uncomfortable..but I have five healthy, beautiful children and a husband that loves me. Tight is good with them...:)

Ruthie said...

Frugal is a good word for being tight - and good you've done all those things.

Hey - you look different in your picture! A new look.

QOTW said...

It's a blessing to have a husband who takes care of the finances! (;>

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Robbie Iobst said...

Julie, Wow. What you do sounds wonderful! Does coupon clipping really save money for you? I always find it difficult to buy the products that have the coupons - it seems like those products are more expensive in the first place. I would love to hear more on coupon clipping from you. You truly are a Wonder Woman!