We’ve spent much of the weekend making crafts and reading Christmas stories. It’s an easy thing to do when Mama is siiiick and is counting the hours until the Dr opens (always a sure sign as I generally avoid the Dr (for myself) like the plague!). I’m trying loads of natural remedies, but I’m pretty sure it’s a chest infection and ear infections, hoping some antibiotics and things will be looking up soon. Also desperately hoping wee girl doesn’t get it. She slept for 12 hours last night and woke up dizzy…not great signs! And during out planned venture downtown today within an hour we both needed to come home…more not great signs!
Yesterday I was able to list all the items for selling, as per my goal for the week. I ended up listing 13 things and most have sold. While they are $2.50 – $8 each, that works out to just over $50 which is quite a hefty sum for us! I’ve not done anything about my violin. I think I lost my confidence about making it a money making venture when I offered teaching to someone who advertised and they went with someone else. Granted the other person was a real teacher! :) I’m wondering if I could do “try it out” lessons, much cheaper than a certified teacher, but ideal for parents who don’t want to spend until their children are sure they want to pursue it, or kids in a school orchestra who just want some extra support. Maybe 30 minute lesson for $15 a week or something. I think that may be a goal for January. Thanks to everyone who weighed in on that debate.
I felt a bit like a complete frugal failure yesterday. I realized a few too many needs in one day: firstly, we’re in “need” of a tree (!) and secondly I need snow tires for the car. We had a few near misses last year with driving for wee boy and the particular roads we have to use are notoriously bad, so much so that we were emergency rescued last year. Ahem! The cheapest deal I could find for the vehicle works out to about $1100 with tax (no one else who car shares needs winter tires, so this is my need alone). And then I remembered we are still without an oven (we’re “borrowing” (aka popping into someone else’s) 2 nights a week but using the free microwave wee girl’s best friend’s family gave us (I’m no fan of microwaves but boy am I thankful)), toaster and stove top. My mum was at Sears the other day and had a look at a replacement for me, and because it is an awkward size/space, the cheapest replacement was over $1200 plus tax. Now all tolled that is a massive, massive sum for us (approx. $2500 in total for tires, oven, tree, tax etc.). It would take months and months and months (if not a year+) of savings to get there and that’s if nothing else went “wrong”. In addition, I also desperately need winter boots as I’m quite sick of having wet feet. I trolled the second hand shops to no avail. Yikes! I had a few moments of feeling a tad sorry for ourselves when goodness really hit me. Firstly wee girl told me the best thing about Christmas is being with your family, that was the encouragement I needed to just be in the moment and not get my head stuck in a place of worry. Next some blog readers left encouraging comments and a few put donations in my account, and while there’s still $2300 or so to come up with, the kindness, grace and generosity people show us, just makes me feel so very loved, not alone and thankful. Thank you. And really, what I’ve learned is that you have to stick to the plan, be flexible and accept what finds you, and just keep on going!
So I no longer feel like a frugal failure, having unexpected needs arise are just part of life. The reality is we’re doing well, there’s important goals in place, I’m sticking to a very tight food/grocery/pet budget, I’m finding it easier and easier to go without wants, I’m discovering there are good frugal skills I already have, I’m saving everywhere I can, and the “master plan“, when realized, will help so much in being better equipped to deal with life’s unexpected bumps and turns.
We’re in a good place and I hope you are too! xo