A Big (and scary) Life-Changing Decision
Dec. 1, 2013 12:00 pm
Updated: Dec. 5, 2013 8:48 pm
Happy Sunday All!
I deleted all my old blog posts to mark this change to a new chapter in life. It seemed like a logical move... out with the old, in with the new.
This weekend my husband and I decided he should quit his full-time job and our family of five live off one income. It is not an easy thought going from a two-income household to half of what we are used to bringing in, but there is something very exciting
about making this work. Cutting out unnecessary luxuries, finding deals, and mostly cutting food costs. The idea of keeping stock of what we have, shopping wisely, and smart meal planning for whatever reason is quite appealing to me!
Why make this move? As it usually is, that is a complex question. It started with his vehicle breaking down and the realization that putting more money into it at this point is spending more than it is worth. There is also the issue of non-ethical practices within
the company that he works for; they are basically screwing him over, for a lack of a better phrase. Enough is just enough. Plus, we felt the benefit of having him home for the children, house chores, gardening/homesteading, and several carpentry projects we've
been wanting to tackle is definitely a major asset for the family.
We've lived on one income in the past, when he was laid off during the economic crisis in 2008. We made it for two years, scraping by on as little as possible, so we have the skill set to survive. However, that wasn't exactly a choice then and this go 'round
I'd like to live more than survive. I love to fully enjoy life. Love food. Adore cooking deliciousness. Of course, we're a little older and a little wiser, so I am hopeful we can achieve the life we are after on a limited budget.
To start this journey, I took stock of what we have on hand. I am certain we only need to invest $20 this week in groceries and still have plenty of meals to go into the next week. I have Christmas funds already put back thankfully, so that will not impact
our transition. I already buy meats and a lot of other item in mark-down, use coupons for the few brand name items we use, and tap into local sales. What I am learning to do now is utilizing everything to the fullest. For example, we compost so in the past
all my fruit and veggie scraps were tossed in there with the egg shells and coffee grounds. Now, I started to save my peelings and scraps in a ziplock and make veg stock each week. Soups and stews go a long way. The scraps cooked only in clean water and a
little salt, go into the compost afterwards. I am also learning about using more non-meat protein sources so I can stretch my meats by using for flavor more than nutrition. Technology really helps here. Facebook groups like Homemade Living Frugally, Simply
Canning, Attainable Sustainable, Modern Pioneer, & Little House Living to name a few have been amazing communities providing many useful tips and tricks.
Proper meal planning seems to be the key here. You are a lot less likely to make poor food choices and spend more if you do not have a plan. I thought I did a pretty good job at this, but when I sat down and actually wrote down what I had in pantry and fridge,
I found I had nearly everything I needed. That has not happened before. I cannot remember a week that the grocery bill was not at least $100 weekly. It makes the planning aspect fun and exciting. If I really use my couponing and sales skills in conjunction
with visual list making and inventory, I think I got this in the bag. I'm ready and more than willing to do the work.
I'll keep you posted. Please, root for us, no matter what your initial judgment is of our decision. I promise that I would never want anything but what is best for all of you out there, whatever that may be and it really doesn't matter what my opinion is
beyond that. It is all I seek from you as well. :)
Good week all!