I make no secret on this blog that Carl and I are broke. He’s in school, I’m struggling in this horrible job market, and unfortunately we are not trust fund babies. It isn’t fun when you have to decide between getting gas or buying new lightbulbs. (We finally caved in a bought lightbulbs, our apartment is so bright now!) I’ve learned a lot of things from living paycheck to paycheck for over a year.
It can always get worse.
Saying, “We just have to make it until ______,” is nice, but not helpful.
Date nights that cost money are overrated.
You don’t need as much stuff as you think you do.
Buying groceries will always be cheaper than living off the dollar menu.
Along those same lines, people spend way too much on food.
You can still be happy when you have no money.
Any job is better than no job.
We have a lot to be thankful for.
Times are tough these days, but there are still many things to be happy for. We have each other and we are able to make ends meet without going into debt. We know things can be worse but we also know we have a long way to go.
What have you learned from hard financial times?