Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Budget, Smudget

Two kids in college and a wedding last spring have thrown Chuck and me into a budget zone.  I hesitate to use the word "budget" because that is so not me.  From the time I got my first job, I thought the paycheck amount was meant to be spent before the time the next check rolled around.  And to be spent on whatever my heart desired.  Of course, I was responsible enough to pay my rent and car payment and other bills, but the rest was blown. And usually within 3 days of payday....meaning it was a long time until the next one.  No wonder I was so skinny back then.  There was no grocery money ever.

Then I married Chuck and he had completely different views on how a paycheck was to be used.  Something about saving it and blah, blah, blah. 

Twenty seven years later, we are at a place where we don't fight about money like we used to.  But that doesn't mean we think alike. 

A recent conversation:

(I am at the computer, he walks in...)

Chuck:  We need a new computer.  That one's on its last leg.

Me:  Really?  It seems fine to me.

Chuck:  I've been looking at new ones and I think it's time.

Me:  Really?  'Cause I've been looking at new bedding.  I want a new comforter for our bed.

Chuck:  Noooooooo, I like the one we have.  It's fine.  It's just the right weight.  (yes, he said that.)

Me:  Well, it's hard to wash and the last time I washed it, it didn't come clean. (it's white...but now dingy from the dogs) So you can have a new computer and I'll get a new comforter.

Chuck:  The computer's fine for now. 

He leaves the room.

And that is how we do a budget in our house.  See how we just saved at least $2000?


  1. A computer can be $500-$1000 and a comforter is what, $100? His math is off.

  2. Looks like you won! But, I think you both could get what you want with all these Black Friday deals coming out. Thanks for making me smile!

  3. That Chuck is delightful! I really like his style. Can't wait to see your new comforter.

  4. I can so relate to this post! We go through the same things at our house. At least you use your comforter - I keep ours on the quilt rack so our dog doesn't cover it with hair.

  5. Oh My, Jen hit the nail on the head. Waiting for a future post :)