Tuesday, March 25, 2008

trying to be money wise

We have been very cautious of what we spend our money on lately. We have stopped eating out each Sunday after church, we have shopped for clothing at resale shops, we have sold unnecessary items, we save aluminum cans, and watch where every dime goes.

With all that said, I must admit that this gets very hard. Recently we had to have our dog put to sleep, because she had bit on a few occasions. The other day, like Thursday, I came home to my husband on the phone with the Vet, scheduling an appointment to have her put to sleep. She had bit again, this time our own daughter. All of the other times, we blamed it on that fact that she didn't know the person she bit. Lately, she had acted really weird, where I thought she was going to bite me. On Thursday, she nipped at our 2 1/2 year old's face. Not the I'm playing sort of nip, she only nipped, because my husband got her away from our daughter fast enough. Tim said that had he not been there, he is sure that our dog wouldn't have stopped.

OK, now I can talk about the money wise issue. I was offered a CUTE miniature Chihuahua puppy for only $200. At first, I begged my husband, to the point he finally gave in and said "I want to see it first before I say yes."
YES!! I got my way!!!
So we went to see this little cutie, and instantly I wanted him! No doubt, I was head over heals. Tim finally said yes!!! Yippee!! Right? Wrong!
I have made the decision to not get this cute puppy, because I feel that if I were to spend $200 on him, this is money that I could spend on paying for the adoption. This is a very hard decision for me. I know in my heart it is the right decision, but nonetheless, hard. As a close friend said, something else better may come along. Until them, I will continue to try and be money wise, and look toward the future when we have our son completely paid for.

Currently, we have all is monthly support paid for, and are working on the last $2100. We have about 350 of it now, and hope to make a lot more babysitting this weekend, and with our garage sale. :0)


Colleen said...

I totally understand, Sarah! I have wanted a new couch forever, but that will wait. Temptations are tough, but we know what is the right thing to do.

I pray the last bit of your adoption funds come through soon. Best wishes with the babysitting and garage sale.

Kathy Eden said...

I'm right there with you! Except my thing is a not a puppy but a dishwasher. Ours bit the dust the other day & for now it will be used as a "glorified" dish drainer :o)

Kathy said...

Try petfind.com or your local shelter. You may be surprised.

Kathy said...

make that petfinder.com. there is a petfind.com but it's not that helpful.

Nikki Cox said...

Let me just say this....I know u have made the right decison!!! I know it is hard.
Love ya

livingpurereligion said...

I can relate to this post very well! I am glad that this process is making us more mindful of every penny we spend. It's the way we should be living anyway. I'd love a new couch, as well, Colleen. But then I wonder, why should I have a new couch when others don't even have a place to lay their heads at night?

Adoption helps put everything in perspective!

Kristina said...

I feel your pain and rejoice in your wise choice. Kinda feels like you dodged a bullet or trap set by satan huh?

You go girl!

Greg's Wife said...

I can relate, dear! We are in the same boat, AND living on student loans. It feels so oppressive at times, but then I remember the swarms of poverty-stricken people in Haiti and it gets much easier to take a step back and evaluate whether something is REALLY a need or a want. My mother has asked me what I want for my upcoming birthday, and of course I can think of lots of things I'd like to have, but then I think of all those kids that need sponsorship for school at TA's (and other needs for the school and O), and I'm like "How can I be concerned over getting a new bedspread when there are needs such as these which have not been met!?" It's tough to question EVERY little purchase, but also blessed.