Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Wise Man Once Said...

After a fabulous holiday weekend complete with a trip to the local amusement park:

a graduation party and some quality time at the beach:

It's time to get back to work. A wise man once said (that man being my Dad) "You always spend what you make."

I remember thinking, no way! If I could only make $35,000, then $40,000, then $50, $60, $80 - you get the picture. Now, as we contemplate our summer plans, I have to take into account the everyday things that have really put a pinch in our pocket. I came across this interesting article today about making a good living, but still feeling strapped, and thought "Hey, that's us!" (only with kids in private school instead of college!)

I hear a lot on the news about the prices of gas, wheat, rice, milk, ice cream, watermelon, eggs, Kleenex all rising (yes, Kleenex's increase made it on the news!) but not much on what it all means to my little family unit of 4. Should we be stock piling canned goods for the times when I won't be able to afford fresh veggies? Will be eating tomatoes all summer since that is the only plant I was able to focus on this year in my container garden? Will I be hunting on Craiglist for size 8 rollerblades to get around town??

It's true that I'm a worrier and panicker, but up to this point I've gone about the daily routine trying to remain optimistic that gas wouldn't really reach $4/gallon and that sooner, rather than later, things would adjust.

I'm not so sure any more. Good thing my kids aren't old enough to realize we cut our vacation short by a few days this year to save money. There's always the beach - thanks Mom and Dad for not actually spending all you made so you could open up your beach house to your poor children and grandchildren :)

1 comment:

Fairly Odd Mother said...

I had a similar thought as I filled up my gas tank---the minivan was over $60 to fill. I thought, "I wonder if I'll see the $100 tank of gas anytime soon?" Scary. Yes, we'll be visiting my mom at the pond a lot this summer.