finances happiness project

And…We Are Now a One Income Family

Sean lost his job. This news came on Thursday, unexpectedly, devastatingly, on Thursday. Things have been tight with both of us working. Ends won’t quite meet with one salary.

We already knew our monthly finances, since I’d designated this month to be “Finance Month” in the Happiness Project. I had dug in to our water and electric bills, begun turning off the heat when no one is home. We’d already concocted a plan to do just four loads of laundry a week, and running the dishwasher every two or three days. These were small ways to save.

Instead of launching in to panic mode, we are marching towards a plan. This is something we are doing together, instead of letting it tear us apart. We’ve already calmly discussed groceries, shopping the other things we can do to make a difference.

It’s just crazy that this has occurred during a month that I had decided I would focus on Finances. Just as we’d started making strides, we have to change our direction. Needless to say, we will be looking at some big changes. I’m relieved in some ways that we’d already started the hard work, the conversations about what we spend and why, before the stress of NEEDING to talk about these things was so very real.

Cute wallet via Tip Junkie 🙂

The sappy side of me got sucked in to Taylor Swift’s “Love Song” tonight… as it’s raining and we played cards with my parents and our baby slept soundly, safely, warm in the other room. We’ll be fine. And this all feels so very, very real.

This love is difficult but it’s real.
Don’t be afraid, we’ll make it out of this mess.
It’s a love story, baby, just say, “Yes”.

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  • Liz
    March 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Oh no! That’s terrible! Praying he finds a new job soon!