Friday, March 13, 2009

Beans and rice and other things

I am sick of beans and rice. We started on a beans and rice diet about 2 months ago. Not to lose weight (although it is working) but to save money. We are trying to pay off debt and so far this is working wonders for us! We do eat other things, there is no way I could survive on just beans and rice, but we only buy the other things if they are more then 50% off. We are saving so much money and it is so exciting at the end of the month to see the progress we are making. Our debt is disappearing in a timely matter that we never thought was possible! Who knew SAVING money could be so much fun! We have given up a lot and it is not always easy, but we do see God's blessing pouring out on us through it all.

One of the most difficult things for me to sacrifice is going to Jamaica. I really want to go back this year and we could easily go back if we weren't saving so much. I know that someday we will go back and I just have to have patience. I am scrap booking last years Jamaican vacation right now and it is a lot of fun to think about that trip. It was the best! I love going to Disneyland, don't get me wrong, that is our place - but our Jamaica trip was special! It is worth it to make these sacrifices and I know that! We have a great written plan for our future and if we stick to it we could be debt free by the time we are 25 and have no house payment by the time we are 35, be able to pay cash for our children's educations, have Peter retire at 50 and travel and enjoy life - that sounds awesome!!! So for me to sacrifice my immediate desires for the next couple of years would be NOTHING compared to what we will gain in the future. I can honestly say with how much I hate beans and rice right now - I could do it for months, maybe even years to reach our ultimate goals.

I highly recommend no matter what your age is to check out Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover. The whole thing makes perfect sense but you gotta be willing to sacrifice some things.

I am getting close to having some pictures of the house posted. I just gotta get the other rooms clean. I set up the "nursery" as a scrapbook room and then after I get the scrap booking done I want to go back and do some decorative painting to other rooms in the house.

Peter is working long hours and we aren't seeing a whole lot of each other, but it is actually not as bad as I expected it to be. Beth took me to see WICKED for my birthday - which was awesome BTW! Highly recommend going and seeing it while it is in town. We stopped in to see Peter at work and it was fun to see his office and put faces with names. Definitely makes me realize that he works in Corporate America. I'm so proud of all he has accomplished!