Monday, January 21, 2008

In a perfect world...

...incomes would rise the same time prices did.

Now that a gallon of milk is over $4.00 and gas prices are still well over $3.00 a gallon (both of which are causing the price of everything else to go up), I'm really going to have to buckle down and be extremely careful in my spending.

As it is this week, I'm housebound and pretty much forced to use cloth diapers. (I haven't been using them due to preggy nausea and fatigue which has thankfully subsided) $20.00 per week in gas for a truck doesn't go very far. I don't have much money left to buy diapers with, though I have enough disposables for 2 diapers a day until Monday. The rest of the time, Bubby's in cloth. Thankfully, he doesn't mind at all and seems to prefer it.

It feels kind of weird to have to ration milk. Unfortunately, I can't buy the inexpensive milk at Aldi's because it does a number on Bubby and I's digestive systems. I get a local milk that's actually usually cheaper than the grocery stores, ranked top quality in my state and I get a free half gallon after buying 5 gallons.

Still, I don't mind the whole "old-fashioned, fore-mothers" feeling I get when I make do, make my own, ration and improvise.

These rising prices scare me a little in that I know I won't have much of a garden this year because of the baby's arrival in June. I simply won't have time to tend a garden and put up all that produce!

This is really a time to rely on the Lord. After all, He provided manna in the wilderness and kept the flour and oil jars of the widow from becoming empty.

Tonight's dinner: meatball subs (I got italian style ground turkey on sale this week)


Shan said...

I love to read your blog and I very much remember a time when I had little ones and hardly any money. My children are almost grown now, and honestly I think some of my fondest memories are when things were tight and we had to "make do". Somehow I think we are more in touch with the little gentle things when we don't have much money. Does that even make sense? I share this with you because you don't need to be afraid or worry - just pray. Your Father in heaven will always help you find a way. I so wish I lived near you, as we always have so many veggies in our garden that we would be happy to share them with you and yours. Perhaps you could find a kind neighbor to share with you - it seems that folks always overplant and are anxious to give their produce to "a good home".

I will keep you in my prayers - everything will be just fine.

Your friend,

P.S. Thank you for stopping by my blog, that was so kind.

Linda said...

$3,00 a gallon? Whoohoo.. we would LOVE that! In the netherlands we pay well over $2,00 a QUART! - so.... that's $8,00 a gallon! ....mostly taxes of course, 's got nothing to do with the high cost of oil.... sigh..

LYNN said...

I know what you mean about things being tight. And, as you well know, the Lord will provide! He always does. Did you know that you can freeze milk?? You can! So, if you find some on sale, this would be an idea. Something I suggest, as well, is to visit frugal websites for tips. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.