Saturday, April 10, 2010

Economic Update

Anthony will be working 60% for the next three months, at least. After that, he may be back to full time, but it's also possible he'll only work full time for a couple of months and then be on reduced time again. Truly, I'm trying to look at this as a good thing. Anthony will be home a lot more and I value our time together more than money. We're also lucky in that we enjoy lots of activities that are free and we're well stocked to do - hiking, biking, backpacking, reading, puzzles, games.

However, changes are going to happen. We are totally cutting spending money for everyone. Even our occasional eating out will be a thing of the past for now. I'll be spending a lot less at the grocery store. We'll concentrate more on legumes and grains, which we're well stocked on, and eat less fresh produce, while still having some. We'll walk/ride as much as we can to save on gas and TriMet tickets. We have a few things to sell, which we'll be doing. Anthony is reducing his contribution to his 401K temporarily. We won't be getting a dog. We're cutting our internet.

I'll get online a few times a week a the library. I may keep posting some. I won't, though, post often, nor will there be any pictures.

Oddly, in the midst of this, Davan is starting a blog. :) Follow this link to Stories for every kid to check it out. She's planning on writing ongoing stories across posts. She'll be updating from the library.

We're all going to be fine, but we'll be tightening our belts, for sure. The loss of the internet (scheduled for Monday) seems to be hitting Anthony hard. Davan is the most sad about the lack of a dog and riding to Do Jump on Tuesdays. Me? Well, I'm most worried about my family feeling deprived. For now, though, I'm off to work on that puzzle some more!

1 comment:

  1. That's really tough.
    I'm sorry that your family is the latest one affected in this whole mess.

    I hope things are better soon.