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We’re working on a lot of projects right now.  We’ve got two spots in the community garden (possibly soon to be three — there is one that seems to be unclaimed, and Stephan is checking to see if he can have it) plus, the sunniest spots at home will be planted again.  Stephan ordered a couple of blueberry bushes which are supposed to do well in pots, and we’ll plant those when they arrive.  Over the weekend, we cleaned up the yard a bunch — picking up sticks and putting them in the kindling box, shredding leaves for the compost, and pulling up a bunch of catalpa tree sprouts.  We bought some lumber so Stephan can build a bench on our deck, and we cleaned up the garage a bit (much more still needs to be done there.)

So there was a lot of shopping to be done for all those projects.  Plus, we purchased some gifts for our niece’s wedding shower / housewarming party, and Stephan bought some new work / hiking boots.  And we had all the money we needed to get what we wanted.

As we were leaving the last store of the day, Stephan commented on how now that we’re on a budget, it feels like we’re rolling in money.  We’re earning LESS than we were four years ago, but it feels like we have MORE money to work with.  “Rolling in it!” he kept saying.  “We could spread out all our money on the floor and actually ROLL in it!”  And while that might be taking it a bit far, it’s definitely true that we feel we have a lot more available cash than we did before we were budgeting.

Where did all our money go before?  No idea.  But now that we’re keeping track, doing everything on a budget, and spending cash instead of credit, we feel richer.

And someday when we get all our debt paid off, we’ll actually BE richer.  And won’t that be nice?


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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