Some people have asked how we plan to make it with such a big drop in income. There is still room to cut at the grocery store and believe me... that budget will be cut even more. I have already had to give up going to the farmer's market, haven't been there at all this year. It is nice to get the fresh veggies and such but they are more expensive than the grocery store's sales. I had to say goodbye to Starbuck's and now Panera will be a fond memory. When I need to "get away from it all", I'll have coffee at McDonald's.
The biggest change already is that I am home almost every day. The only time my husband or I get out now is if we have an appointment or we drop Christopher off at the bookstore (parking near campus is nigh unto impossible). I had already stopped going to garage sales or Goodwill very often but they will have to be very, very rare from now on. Thankfully, my basic needs are all met.
However, I can't complain as I do have a lovely little house to stay home! For the most part, it means cutting back to just paying the mortgage, the utilities, any other bills, and buying only basics at the grocery stores. I'm thankful I have stocked up as much as I have since that part of the food budget will have to be cut.
I will work two weeks at the bookstore in August. I was kind of hoping I wouldn't have to this time. However, with this news it means I must work. I will only accept two weeks instead of three, though.
Now... to work on a pantry post. Thanks for asking, and for caring. :)