It has been a really good month- like we paid almost $2,000 off of our debt snowball in one month good.
Considering that when we started this journey a year ago, we couldn’t even balance our budget, we are pretty proud of ourselves.
Here’s how we did it:
My husband has been working like a maniac. Overtime is our friend these days. I have been super-womaning it up trying to manage daycare drop off, pick up, my hour commute each way, fitting in an 8 hour work day, and then the rest of life. Thank God for flexible scheduling and the quiet hours at 5 am. We finally are seeing progress and knocking our goals out of the park, together, as a team.
It has been hard and frustrating at times. Pretty much taking care of my son single-handedly while working full time and starting a blog is a lot. Single moms out there- you are my heroes. I do not understand how you do it.
Wait for unexpected blessings
Today as I was reflecting on the month and what we did differently, I realized that crazy things happen when you stop worrying and just go.
Many times this month we needed or wanted things that could have thrown us off track. We said no to these purchases, and then they still appeared.
Daycare wanted water play clothes for the summer. My son grew out of all of his summer clothes from last year. I looked at a few thrift stores and then remembered that I have hand-me-downs in the basement from a family member. There in a box, neatly folded, were three pairs of swim trunks and two swim shirts.
The Rubbermaid tub we used for water play at home last year broke. I thought about buying him a kiddie pool, and looked a few places, but decided he would survive without it. Then, a neighbor appeared with one that her kids had grown out of and gave it to us.
Several times friends invited us over for dinner or brought us dinner which meant an exhausted mamma got a day off from cooking.
Blessings rained from the sky.
These little encouragements to remind us that we are not alone on this crazy journey made all the difference. Our needs will be met, and sometimes even our wants, if we are just patient enough to allow God to step up and show us the way.
Mom. Writer. Lover of all things DIY. My mission is to empower my fellow creatives to show money who’s boss, ditch debt and follow their dreams. Achieving debt freedom isn’t easy but our dreams are worth it!