I had to learn about budgeting.
August 6, 2016 10:49am CST
For many years, while I was married, I did not worry much about money. And while it was true that we had good and bad times, usually my husband was a good provider and I saved some for a rainy day. Everything changed after my husband died though. Money was scarce and I had to think about lots of what I usually took for granted. My situation was that I was acostumed to live well (as a princess, I would say) and I did not have the means but wanted to keep on doing it. I learned to prepare yummy appetizers for my friends that were harder to cook, but a lot less expensive that the usual cheeses and olives I had before. As for the dishes for an invitation, I prepare now gourmet dishes that don´t need expensive ingredients. And they bring good wine and champagne. I stopped smoking because I could not have holidays AND smoke at the same time. The list goes on. Dear friends; I have lived like a princess since my hubby died and it seems that I will continue to do so. I am invited to the cinema and to fine restaurants by the friends that I invite here. I learned a sentence in one of Laura Ingalls books long time ago: "when there´s a will, there´s a way". Do you think that you can make good thinks happen if you try?
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6 Aug 16
When I was married, although my husband was the main provider, I decided what to do with the money he earned except for what he needed for his work. So I knew how to do it, but I did not have any reason to be very thrifty. I saved to invite my husband for a vacation when the job was scarce He thought it was wonderful that he did not have to worry about the house money.
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6 Aug 16
The old saying goes when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Life can still be sweet even when we're dealt a "sour" circumstance. We can adjust to our different circumstances and thrive if we take what we've been given and make something positive out of it. I did this when I lost my job many years ago, becoming a stay at home mom and focusing my energies on raising my family. My kids are all grown up now and all thriving with good jobs and relationships.