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Cutting Back

March 19, 2012

Nothing too crazy. I’m deep in the trenches of budgeting and re-budgeting and finishing my last couple of weeks at work.  Sad, so sad, to leave everyone, but so looking forward to getting back to a new normal for us(just in case I haven’t mentioned that yet.) My job was a Godsend for us that we needed desperately when I started.  But I work in retail and our store is closing and the timing has worked out well. I worry much much more for my co-workers who are losing full-time incomes that they depend on for their families and it puts our own needs into perspective.

We can cut back and figure things out and we will. We’ve had over 2 years now of not having dinner together in the evenings and me missing out on putting my kids to bed. It’s well worth juggling some budget categories and re-prioritizing some goals to make it all work for now. I don’t know too many people who aren’t doing that in one way or another, one income or two, so I think we’re definitely in the boat with the majority.

I read 7 recently and the timing was perfect – cutting back has been on my list and progressively we’ve been giving away many things and simplifying. So it’s been on my mind, but reading the book re-framed things for me and gave me so much to think about in ways to use all of these ideas and bring a purpose to all of the minimizing – much more so than just arbitrarily getting rid of “stuff.” Things I’ve had in my mind for a long time, since the college days I spent in Haiti and my eyes were opened in ways I never could have imagined to the ways that we live with so.much.stuff and so many live with so little.

I don’t know where I’m going with this.  I guess I’m just saying that I’m not complaining. Just sharing what we have going on right now.  We’re cutting back on some income, but we’re also figuring out ways to give more away with intention. Focusing on fewer wardrobe pieces and simple eating to save us money but to also free up some mental space to focus on more things that matter.  I know this is personal, but I thought I’d throw it out there – what ways do you simplify your everyday life? Not just for money-saving, but also for peace of mind, to be able to give more to others, to emotionally simplify, for your health and to have more breathing room.  Whatever the reason, it fascinates me to hear how everyone makes things work for the things they value – what do you do?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2012 2:53 pm

    I hadn’t heard of that book. I have been working parttime too. It will be ending in a few months and I am looking forward to it for similar reasons.

    It came at a great time and we really used the extra money wisely – boosting savings and paying off a car. But it also complicate things and cuts into our family time – especially with my husband seeing our daughter since she goes to my parents the entire time I am gone.

    Cutting back and re-evaluating can feel like getting a fresh start.

  2. March 19, 2012 3:25 pm

    O’Mia mya… adorable kids as always and touching commentary. Wishing you well in this new venture. It is sure to be worth it, with those sweet faces. Nice piece.

  3. March 19, 2012 5:22 pm

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  4. anngoldenberg permalink
    March 19, 2012 7:57 pm

    We’re downsizing in a big way with our upcoming move. It feels SO GOOD. I’m wondering how we accumulated so.much.stuff.

    Love the image of the Rita’s Water Ice. I grew up on the stuff; whenever I go back east I treat myself to a large chocolate early and often!

  5. March 19, 2012 11:32 pm

    It’s a small thing, but I have simplified the kids clothes down to one drawer each for pants, one for shirts and one for jammies/undies/hats/swimmers. I have given away bags of clothes yet the kids are still happy with their favourites. Makes life so much easier for all of us 🙂

    • Lillian permalink*
      March 22, 2012 8:58 am

      We have done very similar and I love it! The kids share a dresser with 6 drawers and each get 3 and I love how it keeps their clothing minimal!

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