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Shan, I'm not worried about the budget tightness. I really feel God is allowing this tightness to ensure that I stick to the budget rather than being flippant with it because I know I have "a little extra under the mattress" so to speak. Also, I grew up in a very low-income family. So, as tight as matters are now (they always are after the holidays) I'm still better off than my parents were when I was growing up. I'm used to it and actually kind of thrive in it.
I do have a neighbor who grows a HUGE garden as a hobby and gives away many of the veggies. She's offered to help fill our need. The problem isn't really growing the veggies. I'm pretty sure I can attempt to manage a garden and hubby is willing to help. It's the putting up of the produce that I can't do. It really is just too much time that I won't have.
Linda, I know we Americans would have a blood-spilling rebellion if we paid the gas prices Europeans did. I know here in America, there's education to reduce our use for personal vehicles, but I'd say a hefty portion of Americans HAVE to commute to get to work or to the stores. The nearest grocery store to me is still a bit of a drive. My church is 35 minutes away. Nothing seems close in America. When I was in Scotland, I marveled that we could literally just walk where ever we needed. Believe me, I've already toyed around with the idea of getting a horse and buggy! Still, I can't vouge for the rest of Europe and I'm sure there are rural areas where plenty of driving is needed. Public transportation is also sorely lacking is most of America. Also, I've never figured out why so many Americans feel the need to buy a 7 passenger vehicle when it's just one person who uses it!