Well, that title is a little misleading. I have money to pay bills. I just don’t have extra money for the wants in life.
I do have to admit that there are a few things I miss about not having any extra.
The biggest is giving gifts and being generous. Granted, I still do my best in those areas, but it thrills me to be able to pick up someone’s lunch for the heck of it. Or, to give an unexpected gift to pick someone up or brighten their day. And, I really like special occasions. I like to do birthdays and Christmas and anniversaries BIG and SPECIAL. I can still be happy giving small and thoughtful and purchased with a coupon gifts, but friendships and family are valuable and I like to treat them as such when the occasion calls for it.
I also miss getting things that my son needs and things that I’d like for him to have. Yes, I still buy him socks when he needs them and warm pajamas when the weather gets cool, but there are some outings I’d like to take him on, and classes I’d like for him to go to and clothes I think he’d look precious in that I have to just not think about and walk away from right now. Honestly, that’s pretty tough for me. I think any parent can relate. We want our children to have the best in life. I can say that he has the best love parents can give.
Thankfully, I know that it’s most important to take care of the important things right now. And, I know that this too shall pass.