Week 23: Vive La Resistance!

Week 23: Vive La Resistance!

I want to keep this as brief as possible because I have a few hours to myself, and rather than just blogging, I want to try to paint. But I do have something to report this week:

My puffy jacket arrived in the mail. Yes, the one I bought on-line after many attempts at trying to not do so. Well, it arrived and I was pretty excited. I anxiously unwrapped it and tried it on…and it fit horribly! It looked great on my body but the arms were way too wide.

So, I returned it. I didn’t even dick around with sending it back. I was on my way to somewhere with the kids and I veered off to return it to the physical store. I did wander around the store and try on a few puffy’s there…all ludicrously expensive and out of my league. Resisting them was not hard. I walked out of there with nothing except the $145 dollars I had spent, back on my card.

And folks, I considered returning to those websites to peruse for another deal. But I didn’t. The thrill is gone. I feel quite silly actually. I have been wearing the “ill fitting” puffy I already possess…and quite frankly, it is warm, it does it’s job…and I can’t see myself unless I look in the mirror, so I just won’t! Problem solved. Ill fitting or not, I am using it because I have it. End of story.

Our family hangs at the precipice of massive changes in our lives. We are most likely going all-in on a property on which we will build a new wood shop for Glenn Pope Woodworking. This is serious business. I shouldn’t say more, because it’s not really for me to tell at this point. Also, we still are dealing with trying to get our medical insurance claim processed to get back the large sum of money we paid to CHEO when C was ill in Canada. It’s a bit of a nightmare…but again, I will not go on about that too much.

Simply put, as far as spending is concerned, this is no longer just a personal challenge, this has direct impact on the whole family. I need to use what I have and be conservative with what we need. Are we watered and fed? That is the main thing, and all else is extraneous.

I need to get over myself and my wants. They are not important. I am not defined by what I possess. My happiness does not hinge on what I possess. I am not more attractive as the result of my possessions. Others’ opinions of me are not formed by what I possess…and if they do, then I need new friends! Lol!

That’s it. That’s all I have to say. I need to go paint.



Day 7: Purging

Day 7: Purging

When you can’t buy…then sell!

I’ve been talking about having a garage sale for quite some time. My hubs was not too into it, but I decided to force the issue this weekend and he grudgingly went along.

My toddler thought it was the greatest thing in the world: we were running  a real live store and she was the most enthusiastic greeter. Though, I almost needed to shush her when she greeted a woman with “Hello little lady…HELLO LITTLE LADY!!!”Not sure where she got that from…luckily she’s so cute she can be forgiven. And watching her give away some of her toys to other kids was gratifying to say the least. I do want to raise my kids to be not so attached to things and have a generous spirit.

For me, someone who has always enjoyed playing store ever since I was a wee tot, this was really fun. It felt incredible to be emptying our garage of accumulated junk (the main reason the hubs got on board) and I got a boost from the fact that I was making some money. Yes, for this stay at home mom, finally getting some hard cash felt GOOD. And in line with allowing the unneeded items to move on rather than molder in our garage, we sold everything rather cheaply, gave in to any request for a lower price and threw in a lot of freebies. It’s also about sharing that loving feeling – some folks got some great deals they can feel good about.

Got some more great advice from family via this link . I really appreciate all the support and ideas flowing my way, so keep them coming!!

Had a fleeting urge to immediately spend the cash on a dinner out, but quickly realized that putting it into a discretionary fund would feel infinitely better.

One week down, infinitely more to go.