Hey, remember when you used to watch Family Ties for kicks and grins and then there was that one episode out of the blue when Alex P. Keaton's friend was killed in a car accident?
And you were all, "Dude. Bummer. That wasn't funny at all."
Okay, this post is a lot like that.
My husband lost his job last week.
So, after walking around for a better part of the weekend looking like this
except when I managed to look like this, and thereby (I believe) TOTALLY fooling the cashier at Walmart into thinking I could afford that toilet paper
we are beginning to put together a plan of action, and here are the things we have come up with:
The most immediate need is to pay our mortgage.
We do not want to lose our house, so we will make cutbacks in every possible area that will allow cutbacks: electric bills, grocery budget, extra curricular activities.
What God will do:
God has said he will supply all our needs, that we needn't worry about what we will eat or drink or wear because he cares for us. We believe. (Matthew 6:25-27)
What we will do:
"Life is hard. It's even harder when you're stupid." -John Wayne
- It is imperative that we not make any foolish mistakes during this time. No more overdue library books, late fees, or speeding tickets.
- No more chips, soft drinks, or cereal. This will be particularly hard on a certain Smockity who is addicted to Dr. Pepper, especially Vanilla Dr. Pepper on Sonic ice, but sacrifice we must. We will drink water, snack on homemade caramel corn, and eat baked oatmeal or homemade rice cereal for breakfast.
- All piano lessons, gymnastics, church camps, vacations, and pool memberships will be halted until further notice. Yes, we are all sad about this. We think each of these things is beneficial, but we think keeping our house is more important than all of them right now.
- No air conditioning until the indoor temperature reaches 89. We will be sweating more than ever this summer and I mean that in both the figurative and literal senses. (By the way, Dear Children, we all know it is hot. No need to proclaim it every 15 minutes.)
- No more clothes dryer. According to research, the clothes dryer uses 50% of all the electricity in the average household, so we will be using a clothes line. And won't we look quaint doing it?!
- More meatless or less-meat meals. My Madison has taken it upon herself to do the meal planning and we have agreed that we can be happy eating beans and rice, beans and cornbread, beans and noodles, beans and mashed potatoes, beans and MORE beans.
- I'll be using Swagbucks to buy household items like laundry detergent and dish soap, or birthday gifts when necessary. (Sign up for free stuff of your own!)
- My husband and son are inquiring into starting an early morning paper route. Some friends who have been in this very same predicament of sudden unemployment have told us that they made $2000/mo, after deducting gas costs, doing a paper route. While gas is high right now, we figure they can make a dent in our bills by doing this until my husband finds a permanent job. (Oh, by the way, son... you're starting a paper route. Kay, thanks!)
What we will NOT do:
- Lose our faith in God. We will "Trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. In all our ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make our paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5)
- Put the kids in school and daycare so I can go back to work. For us, this is a matter of conviction and faith. We feel that my place is in the home, caring for and teaching the children. I will do everything in my power to support my husband and earn what money I can from home.
What YOU can do:
- Please, pray for us. We are in uncharted territory, and I don't mind saying it is difficult to remember not to worry. In 26 years of marriage, this has never happened to us, and I truly never thought it ever would.
- If you are planning to order something from Amazon, I will make a few dollars if you use my affiliate link. As of right now, this li'l ole blog is our only source of income, and every little bit will help.
- I usually make enough revenue from the ads on my sidebar to pay the electric bill and buy a few groceries. Since that revenue is based on my traffic, I would love it if you shared with your friends any post you have found encouraging or useful. Maybe you know someone who would benefit from my homeschool posts or kid friendly crafts? Sharing it on your Facebook wall or your blog would greatly help us out! And if you grabbed and shared one of these Smockity buttons that my awesome friend, Joy, from Five J's, made you would be my best friend forever!
While I would LOVE it if this unemployment only lasted a very short time, we are buckling down and bracing for a long term period of bare bones expenditures, so I will be making this into a weekly series.