Thursday, August 5, 2010

Two Guiding Principles

In my slumber last night I pondered what it is going to take to achieve this seemingly impossible feat. It came to me about 5:30 this morning. The two guiding principles that will be my beacon: One - Listen to your mother. Two - Don't spend money you don't have.

As I continue to play house in my 10th year of marriage I can hear this little voice - not always so soft - playing in the back of my head... Turn the lights out when you leave a room, finish the food on your plate, don't touch the thermostat, Why are you standing there with the refrigerator door open, do you think we're cooling the neighborhood?

When I was young these constant reminders of conservation were nothing less than annoying. Now as the mother of three young kids myself I completely understand the need for this type of rambling. Sky high electric bills, wasted food, over heated dwelling space, and dull stares into the refrigerated abyss are things I must keep in check. When cutting dollars at every corner it's the little things that count. And so I find myself ladling a smaller portion on my plate at dinner time. Heaven knows I'll soon be eating the leftovers from the kids plates in my attempt not to waste.

As I finish off the last bit of beef stew from my one year old's tiny bowl, I channel my grandfather, mother and all the other caretakers who've gone before. Making sure that my offspring have enough to grow healthy and strong and take the scrapes left behind for myself. But truly, this way I spend less and waste less and am more able to follow Guiding Principle #2.

Spending money I don't have will only lead me to spending more money I don't have until I'm dizzy in the downward spiral of debt for the simple sake of consumerism.

It makes more sense to adjust my lifestyle now while I'm still without burden of servitude to the almighty credit card companies. Maybe this way I'll be able to fulfill my dream of taking off to Costa Rica on a whim with my family and living on the beach for months without a care in the world. It's only a dream, but one that will never come true if I'm stifled under the weight of paying three times the price for that darn granola I so love to buy pre-made.

1 comment:

  1. Tắm trắng được nhiều ngưởi sử dụng hiện nay phổ biến nhất là sử dụngsữa non tắm trắng da
    Nước hoa hồng được nhiều ngưởi sử dụng vì thế cho nên chúng tôi chia sẻcách làm nước hoa hồng đơn giản tại nhà
    Co bao giờ bạn nghĩ đến việccách làm và chọn mua nước hoa hồng
    Trắng da chắc là mong ước nhiều người đặc biệt phái đẹp.cùng tìm hiểucách làm trắng da bằng nước hoa hồng
    Nước hoa hồng không còn xa lạ với chúng ta nên có bao giờ bạn tự tìm hiểucách làm nước hoa hồng
    Nhiều nước hoa hồng bán trên thị trường vậynước hoa hồng loại nào tốt
    Để có lọ hoa hồng tốt khi mua bạn nên tìm hiểuChọn mua nước hoa hồng tốt tại đâu
    Hôm nay chúng tôi chia sẻhướng dẫn cách làm tinh dầu hoa hồng

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