And here we are with another lesson from “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason, in the words of the main character, Arkad: “Control thy expenditures.”
Ah yes. Budgeting. The simplicity of this advice doesn’t not take into account the sophistication of today’s budgets. Or am I just complicating matters because I feel a bit unfrugal when I look at our grocery budget and know that if I were to use coupons, and instead of choosing organic and unpackaged food, I could likely cut it in half? Yes, there’s that.
And then there’s the whiny teenager in me saying, “But I don’t want to! I want to be able to spend as much as I want on whatever I want!” Yes, someone please slap her for me.
There’s a debate going on inside me right now about whether to spring for basic cable. The cons: paying money for something that would be free if we had a large enough antenna; paying money for something we don’t really watch that much anyways; spending money, period. The pros: being able to actually watch something even when the antenna doesn’t want to work; getting a few more channels (like the one that my beloved “Ugly Betty” is on); less frustration all around on poor weather days (seems like those are the days when the antenna doesn’t work).
Nate has given me the go ahead, but he doesn’t have his head in the books as much as I do (both literally and financially speaking). His head resides somewhere where there are clouds and elves, faeries and aliens. Not that this is a bad thing, it just doesn’t add so much to the more practical side of the discussion.
I’m also feeling a tad guilty about having just signed Seth up for preschool, which is not free. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the homeschooling, but, this is one of those situations where Seth is dreadfully lonely during the day with few kids to play with (’cause guess what? they’re either in day care or preschool) and I just cannot entertain an almost-four year-old all day long. Yes, that was a lovely run-on sentence of justification, wasn’t it?
Tonight is our “family meeting” and we are going to brainstorm ways in which we can “control our expenditures.” We may be opening “The Complete Tightwad Gazette” for some more extreme ideas (I think we’re plenty extreme as it is, except that we’re not living in a 300 sq ft camper…yet).