Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tales from the Unemployed

Unemployment has forced is to re-evaluate a LOT of things in our lives - luxuries (i.e. eating out), food, etc. We haven't needed to pawn any jewelry yet or stick to a ramen-only diet, but it hasn't necessarily been thrilling.

That being said, here are a few things we've learned:

1. There are some interesting, cheap cuts of meat out there. I'm not talking about tongue or liver. More like patio steak, which I found for $3.00/pound. For fajitas, it was perfect! AND our version of a luxury.

2. Prayer works wonders...even on computers. Our computer has led a very tough life, and it's nearing the end of its life cycle. We've had two near-death experiences with it and though technically we can't save anything or use the printer or update the computer, it's still with it. (And all the files are backed up!)

3. Couponing isn't for the weak. Oh my goodness - coupons are like a necessary evil. Trying to make sense of the good deals, the bad deals and the good deals that we won't ever buy is almost funny.

4. Being cold has its bonuses. We keep our house at 65 degrees, but that's also our upstairs level. Right now on our main level it's 60 degrees. That's...pretty chilly. It actually helps because everyone tends to just stay upstairs. No temptations for snacking!

5. Our blessings jar already has $2.50 in it. This year we decided to keep a blessings jar. Each time one of the kids does something they know is wrong (i.e. interrupt, whine excessively, etc.), they are "fined"  between 10 cents and 25 cents. At the end of the year, we'll give the jar to a needy family to "pay it forward," like so many have done for us. And hey - it appears to be working. There's far like interrupting!