Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Can you feel my pain?!

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

Does my toe still hurt? Well, just a little, but that’s not what’s paining me at this point. What’s killin’ me right now? I just got back from taking Josie to the eye doctor… and OUCH!! Damn, I KNEW I should have force-fed that kid her little neon orange jars of carrots when she was a baby!

Not only did her prescription change enough to warrant new lenses, but she has just about outgrown her frames, too. And it’s only been a year. Time to whip out the checkbook.

A few years ago, a friend of mine who’d just had her second baby in as many years, told me, “You know, I’ve always heard that babies are sooo expensive. I’m just not really finding that to be true!”

I had to chuckle. I’m pretty sure that no one said BABIES are expensive. But KIDS sure are. You can cut costs with babies. Breastfeed. Make your own baby food (I highly recommend lots of mashed carrots). Borrow baby equipment. Use cloth diapers (if you’re crazy!)

Not so easy once kids get older. So far this week, we’ve bought new glasses… bought tickets to the Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet… paid for the Twirling Team… paid for this month’s piano lessons…and ordered books from the Scholastic book order.

And it’s only Tuesday. Ouch.

Update... now my van won't start. Frickin' great.

Newest update... van finally started. Thanks, Sarah, for always being there for me in a crisis! You rock, my friend.


Stacy said...

Dude, that sux. I don't think there is any other way to express it.

Anonymous said...

This kind of crap usually happens to me, when I decided that we are going to really cut our spending and try to save and we do cut our ( fun ) spending and then all of the sudden kid stuff comes up and ruins all the money we saved by cutting back!!! Hope your van starts.


Anonymous said...

When it rains, it pours. We are having that kind of January too, and of course our resolution was to cut back, spend less, etc. Just remember "It's only money!" it just makes me feel better to say it, I don't know why...

Anonymous said...

Bet I'd be willing to trade bills with you.... Danny called earlier to tell me how much just two of his books are for this semester. Not sure I want to know how much the others will be.

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