Taking a Break from Frugality

Throwing Frugality out the Window

When its time to stop obsessing and just let it be

Man plans and G-D laughs.

I had a good plan for how to handle my maternity leave. I prepared and strategized based on my experience with my last two kids.

This time is turning out to be a little different. A very complicated and traumatic birth has basically derailed a lot of my plans.

Taking a Break

I am OK and my baby is OK. That is all that matters right now. But i do have to make sure that i take care of myself to the best of my ability. That means that for the next few weeks  or longer, all sense of frugality is just going out the window. There are times when money is not the most important thing in the world. Click To Tweet I am officially taking a break from being frugal. 

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The Obligatory Thanksgiving Post

Time to Be Thankful

Its Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S and so its time for the obligatory “What I’m Thankful For” Post. I’ve never been one to shirk my duties;) I think most people would call me very conscientious so here goes!

thankful

As much as I am making light of the topic, there really is a LOT to be thankful for. When you don’t have a lot of money sometimes it can feel like that really overtakes your life. It affects every decision and every thing you do. This is especially true if you are particularly conscientious;) or are trying hard to focus on finances. When you are sticking to a budget it can seem that everything you do is dictated by how much money you do or don’t have and its hard not get resentful. But really there is so much to be thankful for in my life. I don’t usually get sappy and I try not to sugar-coat reality in my blog posts but I am really extremely privileged and lucky.
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Life Happens

Life Happens

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Disaster Averted

My stove broke. We had a technician out to check out gas line and he discovered an issue with our gas line and where it connects to our stove. Since we rent, the gas line is our landlords problem (thank goodness!) but the stove is ours so we are on the hook for the expenses to the actual stove. I’m pretty grateful that this was caught because its pretty scary to think that we may have used the stove without realizing there was a gas issue. For now, we can’t use the stove until its resolved and we are not sure how much it will cost yet. A technician is supposed to come tomorrow. Meanwhile, we are stove-less.

 

Luckily we have an Emergency Fund!

This is what the emergency fund is for! This is pretty much the definition of an emergency: we can’t push this off (We need our stove to cook especially since the High Holidays are coming up pretty quickly), we can’t skimp on the repairs and we can’t DIY since the gas company will need a licensed and insured technician to sign off on the appropriate repairs.

Should I have Budgeted for this?

There has been discussion about the importance of an Emergency Fund. Someone on Twitter mentioned that its these types of situations that turn people off from having a fully-funded Emergency Fund as a goal. Its better to have budgeted for this situation in the first place.

I disagree. Fact is, you can’t really budget for every eventuality. If we did have an appliance repair line item in our budget- we would have maxed it out a while ago as for some reason all our appliances are needing major repairs this year. I don’t really see the point in budgeting for so many different eventualities. The amount of money you are putting away is the same- the numbers don’t change just because you have more things to budget for.

You have a specific amount of money that needs to be divided up into your budget categories. That specific amount does not get bigger just because your budget items do. If you get bogged down with too many categories and line items and envelopes and funds- that is what gets you discouraged. How can you keep up with that? How can you even keep track?

Introducing the “Life Happens Fund”

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