You know the expression, “We’re saving for a rainy day?” Well, we’re not saving for just any yucky, rainy day. We’re saving for a hurricane! We’ve been going through “rainy days” a lot lately and we’re not about to put anymore money into anything until the hurricane hits, so to speak. I know there are a lot of you out there that have it worse than we do. I just always think, “Well, things could be worse.” Like, our dishwasher could just stop working and we would have to wash all dishes by hand. O No! That would be the end of the world! Right?
We’re almost to that point, actually. Our dishwasher leaks all over the floor every time we run it. As you can see from the picture, we have to lay a beach towel down to catch the water that leaks out. I’ve been tempted many times to just buy a new one, but we would have to put it on credit and I’m NOT going to do that! Besides, it still gets the dishes clean. We need to Stop Spending and Save.
Then, there is our car situation. We have four children now and no van. Funny, huh? We can’t fit all of us in one car, so we have to take two cars whenever we go to church or a family party. One of the cars is about to be scrap metal very soon. It is a 1993 Toyota Corrola with over 200,000 miles on it. But, it still runs! And, as long as it still does what it’s supposed to do, we’re not getting another car or van. Why? Because we don’t have the money! We need to Stop Spending and Save.
As you can see in the picture of the car, we have dirt for a lawn. We had to waterproof the basement this past summer and destroyed our lawn in the process. Since we went over budget on waterproofing, we didn’t have enough to get the lawn done. So, we have to Stop Spending and Save.
As far as the basement goes, that’s pretty much at a standstill for a while. We had planned on getting two rooms done down there before Timmy was born in December. But, since we went over budget with the waterproofing, we had to Stop Spending and Save.
So, even though we are running out of room, we can’t finish the basement. Actually, we ran out of room already. My husband works at home twice a week and has to have his office in the living room, which also happens to be the baby’s room now. Not an ideal situation, but we’re going to deal with it for now until we have the money to do something about it. We’re saving for a hurricane, not a rainy day. So, when the dishwasher finally dies, the car no longer starts, and we have our fifth child (not saying that I’m pregnant again), maybe then we’ll have enough money to calm the storm or maybe just enough to survive somehow. I have to admit, life is a lot more exciting when it’s not so easy.