Valentine's Day is almost upon us. The day where those who are coupled find out just how much their other half love's them based on the price tag on the gift they are given, and those who are single have to show themselves some love - no not like that, as in buy themselves a gift. I jokingly asked my husband what he will be getting me for Valentine's Day, he thought he was being hilarious by just sitting there smiling and pointing to himself with both hands. I was not amused. Ok, maybe I chuckled a little, but no buddy - I need a retail gift this year. I've done a little window shopping and compiled a list of things I would love to receive on February 14th. Hopefully he reads this blog post, like a good husband should, and takes the hint. Although, come to think of it, if he does read this, it's not really a hint because it's fully spelled out for him. Oh well hubby, get your credit card ready …….
One of the main things I have to whine about in my life is money - or lack thereof. No matter how much comes in, well actually it's not much, but it always seems to fly back out the door in the blink of an eye. Grocery bills, mortgage, utilities, rates, school fees/supplies, clothing, petrol, insurance and I haven't even had a wine yet. I stressed a lot less about money before having kids. Maybe because there were less outgoings or maybe because as a parent, you want to be confident you will always be able to make ends meet and provide basic needs plus a little more for your children.
The summer school holidays seem to be the hardest time for us financially, as is the case for many other families. Any extra money we have put aside throughout the year is spent on Christmas gifts and then we have the kids home for six weeks - and they wanna do stuff. That "stuff" always seems to cost a packet. I know there are plenty of activities to do that are either free or low cost - go to the beach, the park, play with the new toys Santa brought etc, but it's also nice to be able to splurge on a couple of activities as well. So what does one do when there's nothing in the 'splurge' budget?
Wining and whining my way through life.