Earlier this month I wrote about how we are coping with our time of unexpected, limited income. So, what can you do when it feels like there is barely any money coming in and you are not sure when you will be able to expect some?
In addition to staying positive, planning creative meals and getting resourceful, I’m doing these things to get through the tight times:
Supporting my spouse – Now that we have made the switch, my husband is once again bearing most of the responsibility of providing for the family. It was not long ago that I was in that position, and I know that it can be stressful.
Just as I am trying to stay positive with my kids and myself, I am trying to be especially supportive of my husband during this trying time. I am making a variety of things he can take for lunch without getting too bored. I am taking some time to regroup and refresh before he comes home, so he is not coming home to a frazzled house or frazzled wife. I am listening when he needs it. I am staying on top of my responsibilities for his business (paying bills, payroll, filing, correspondence), trying to give him one less thing to worry about when I can. I am also dragging him on evening walks so he gets some time to decompress and relax a bit.
Creative gift giving – We have several gifts to give this summer, in addition to a bunch of graduation parties. In an effort to lesson the financial blow, I made 5 (yes, 5) super cute wine barrel-inspired trays for 3 weddings, 1 house warming gift and I even was able to sneak one in for our basement. It was super fun and treasured by all the recipients, even though it cost less than we would normally spend.
Focusing on what we have – This is a two-parter. First, I am appreciating the things that I tend to take for granted. A lovely breeze, the super green grass (thanks to a very rainy spring), lovely blossoms, food to eat, shelter, healthy kids, dogs that love to play and cuddle. Second, I am really keeping alert to things I have squirreled away but not used. Projects are getting finished with things already on hand, and space is freed up by using what we already have. I appreciate the sense of accomplishment I feel, and it is not costing me a dime.
Luckily, there seems to be relief heading our way very soon. Still, I won’t be forgetting these tips anytime soon and I appreciate the challenge to tighten things up a bit and renew some of my forgotten frugal ways.
Your turn: What are some ways you get through tough financial times?