For day-to-day expenses, we’ve learned to live peacefully with our freaking budget. For the most part, we get along and stay out of each other’s way. Our relationship has been on auto-pilot for enough time that we’ve got a good feel for each other each month. Sure, we occasionally get tangled up by going slightly over our grocery budget or having a higher than expected water bill, thanks to Baby Girl’s I-will-pee-on-you crusades. But those are tolerable.
You might be asking yourself: then why is your stupid blog called Our Freaking Budget, bozoface. (I’m taking great liberty in assuming you care to ask questions about our blog AND that you’re an eight-year-old who calls people “bozoface.”) Great question! Outside of our routine and expected expenses, we have other material “needs” that our budget requires us to prioritize. So sometimes, that haircut, pair of shoes, LEGO Expedition Shuttle set (for Baby Girl, duh), minor car repair and other “needs” have to be prioritized. And that means that our budget holds us back from getting some perceived necessities.
Here’s a sampling of some of our needed items that keep getting passed over thanks (no thanks) to our freaking budget.
New Pair of Vans Shoes – $40 – I’m from the West Coast, so I’m fiercely loyal to Vans. Since age six or so, I’ve always owned at least one pair of Vans. They’re cheap, they’re simple, they’re just normal shoes. As you can see above, my current pair has seen better days. Joanna gave them to me five years ago for our very first Christmas. My aged pair now provides more-than-adequate ventilation, excellent access to rain water, and little-to-no heel support.
What’s the hold up: They still do their job! And I kinda like the look. I feel like it’s an unnecessary expense until they become open-faced shoes. But come to think of it, that could look pretty cool, too…
Chicago Cutlery Knife Set – $106 – In our engagement haze, we neglected to put knives on our registry list. But someone swooped in and saved the day and got us a basic starter set. And for the last six years, they’ve done their job. Ish. They’re not the sharpest or sturdiest, but they’re fantastic for slicing open Amazon boxes. That’s what knife sets are for, right?
What’s the hold up: Again, they (sorta) do their job. And other not-so-great kitchen items have always edged them out on our list: new cookware, mixer, utensils. So until one of us loses a limb, they’ll likely stay in the budget “need” cellar.
Baby Girl’s Need
Baby Einstein Jumper – $90 – Our baby is one needy lil’ baby. And for now, we wouldn’t have it any other way. We love holding her and spending time with her. But there’s one little problem: she’s a freaking butterball. She weighed in at 17 lbs. yesterday at her 4-month appointment, ranking her in the 98th percentile. Which validates why our arms and backs constantly feel sore. I got a better workout holding her for two hours in church on Sunday than any P90X regimen. That said, we think it might be time to upgrade her play situation and give our ripped muscles a break.
What’s the hold up: Why in the world would we give up our own personal trainer? Seriously though, it’s not an anticipated expense and it’s a lot to shell out for a single month’s budget. We’ve also got a trip to visit family on the horizon which will use up a lot of our Everything Else budget (which you can read more about here) for the next month.
Scratching Ramp – $16 – Is it weird to anyone else that we house wild animals in our homes? Domesticated schmomesticated — they’re freaking animals. In our homes. On human furniture. I can’t be the only one that thinks that’s weird. Anyway, since we have a wild animal living in our house, she needs things to scratch and we’ve been needing to get Persie a new cardboard ramp for a while. I don’t really understand why she needs something to scratch, but I’m just a dumb human.
What’s the hold up: We’ve got a lot of human needs that seem to be percolating to the top of our priorities right now, especially since we added a new mini-human to the brood. And so Persie has been finding new, creative ways to
risk her lives entertain herself . Our neglect toward her is temporary and whenever our Everything Else budget opens up a bit, we’ll throw it in with an order of litter. Because she’s a WILD ANIMAL that digs a hole for a bathroom.
Such is life on a budget. If you have “needs” that have to get in line until your budget is ready for them, then you’re doing things right. And just when you think you can’t hold out any longer, just remember you’ve got fellow budgeters right there with you.
So weigh in fellow Internet-ers: who’s got the greatest need? Is there something your freaking budget or Debt Monster has been holding you back from getting? Or are we a petty group that needs to learn a thing or two from an old-timer who walked uphill both ways in snow to get to school?