We all know the holidays are approaching. I've been pummeled by advertisements for Black Friday deals. A flatscreet TV for only $499! Well, excuse me for being a killjoy, but who can honestly afford $499 for anything? If I had $499 I could think of 499 better things to do with it besides buy a television.
I am troubled lately by a feeling of extreme inadequacy. My husband works all day. I'm on unemployment and searching (and searching, and searching) for a job. In the mean time, I'm hustling. A few dollars here, a few dollars there, for random tasks for people. We are bringing in as much money as we possibly can, but its still not enough. So we need to cut back.
I need your help. I'm trying to keep a positive outlook, but I don't know where else to cut. We don't eat out. No Starbucks. I pay about $10 a month for phone service. All of my clothes are hand-me-downs from my mother. I don't wear make-up, and I cut my own hair. My mani-pedi consists of my husband clipping my nails before bed. My husband rides the bus to work. We drink tap water.
Please share some suggestions. I have stretched my dollars as far as I can. Anyone feel the same? What are you doing to get by?