(via littlemusicalwitch)Source: pewdiestmas
Life sometimes presents is with challenges, and how we meet those challenges is all up to us. We can crumble under pressure or rise to meet the challenge. Maybe even sneer in its face a little. Flip it the finger.
That last bit? That’s me. I’m a fighter. I WILL NOT GIVE UP.
Say what you want about Obamacare and the ACA. It’s great for some people. Others got completely fucked. My family would be the completely fucked end (well, not completely…but kind of fucked). And me personally, I’m running out of money. My son’s father is not a reliable source of income for paying for his needs, and even when he does pay, it’s pocket change as far as baby items go.
This is my challenge. I could have hidden under my covers and cried. I could have given up. But again, that ain’t me. I fight. So what did I do?
Couponing. Hard core.
Aside from gas, (which I did get discounted 10¢ off for a full tank worth $45…sweet!) I have spent about $50 this month on essential and nonessential items. That’s a rough guesstimate. I can tell you right now I currently have over $150 worth of formula, but I definitely paid about $20 for all of it. I haven’t paid for a single wipe and I have about 15 or so packs. I don’t think I’ve paid out of pocket for diapers yet. I haven’t had to pay for anything dental related (toothbrush paste floss or mouthwash) since starting couponing.
Basically, I never buy something for full retail. Even if it’s 50¢ off… I use a coupon. Every cent counts to me. Because it all adds up. I haven’t added up how much I have saved yet. I want to wait until the end of October and make a post. Like overall how much I spent and how much I saved.
It’s a good feeling. Getting (basically) kicked in the stomach by my ex, like barely being paid any help for our child… But looking that adversity in the face and being like FUCK YOU I have provided EVERYTHING my son needs, AND spent money on groceries, AND still have a savings account for Connor! And he told me last week that someone else had to buy him groceries! Pathetic. And he’s making so much more than I am. I’m still on leave! I can’t wait to start working again and stretching my measly paycheck as far as I can. No matter what, I have vowed to set aside $100 in a savings fund for Connor so he can have whatever he wants when he gets older, whether it’s a car or college….he won’t have to not have it.
I love meeting adversity head on like I am. It has made me a stronger person. I’ve learned I don’t need a man (don’t need NO man..) to complete my life. All I need is to rely on God to provide and also… My new motto: Keep Calm, and Clip On. :) peace guys, I’m gonna go keep clipping