This is an old post over at Mommysavers.com, but its just as relevant today as ever.
Have you ever been flat out broke?
It really makes you stop and think to a time when you were really truly broke. When was that time for you? For me, I have to stop and think. I'd like to say its now, but I think broke can be a whole bunch of different ways. When we were first married, we were broke, neither of us understood frugality, or the importance of saving, so we didn't. We found out quickly that there was no way we were gonna survive that way.
About 1 year and a half into our marriage, my husband lost his job, and we were living off credit cards, among other things. I worked, but it certainly wasn't enough to pay our rent. Looking back now and knowing what I know now, I wish I had done things so much differently. I remember thinking it just couldn't get any worse, how could it? Eventually, my husband found a job, and our first daughter was born. I took a better paying job and we bought our house. Things were looking so bright.
Fast Forward to today. I can't work due to the fact that I have 3 children that need me at home right now. My husband works hard and long hours, putting up with so much, and we do pay the bills each month, but there are usually some things that we have to sacrifice paying to get by for the month. This month its the dentist bill. Next month I'm praying the oil bill will be all set. Its a never ending cycle, and I sit and stress, wondering, can this get any worse? I feel like I get creative with the bill paying, I clip coupons, I do free stuff with my kids, but how much more can I do?? Frugal fatigue at its heart, especially when you feel like there is no return on the investment of all the hours I spend being a frugal person.
But I know in the long run, we aren't broke. We still have our house, we still have food in our pantry and fridge, and we still have each other. I have to remind myself of this sometimes, even during my darkest days. Is anyone really truly broke?? When it comes to money, maybe. But with everything, we have to evaluate and put it all in perspective and understand why we are broke, and how to fix the broke.
So have you ever been flat out broke? How do YOU fix it?