Good old Punch Debt in the Face had a thought-provoking post about sharing secrets. Turns out there is a whole blog dedicated to nothing else -- PostSecret.
The comments on PDF's are illuminating. Most of the people there are worried about money -- mostly that they owe much more than everyone thinks they do.
Ouch. We don't have that struggle,
but we have to be very, very careful to keep it from happening, by:
*paying off credit cards every month. No matter what.
*only taking vacations after we've saved up the money to do so. (Which means the big stuff, like our Panama trip last December, takes a couple years to plan and execute. It's kind of fun anticipating, though.)
*giving only minimal birthday and Christmas gifts. I told one friend, "You spend on one kid what we budget for the whole family!"
*keeping the house temp at 62 degrees. Turning off lights. (This is my bugaboo, not Husband's. He likes them blazing.)
*buying very few clothes (except underwear) anywhere but the thrift shop. (Granted, we live in a very high-income county. The clothes at the Task Force are often better labels because of it.)
*hitting up the marked-down shelves at grocery stores. Regularly. Especially for meat. (Have you noticed how beef prices have skyrocketed??)
Back to secrets. Have you got one to share? I'll swap you for a few of my own:
*I've purchased presents at the thrift shop, including wedding gifts and those high-end sweaters. (You try to get the new-looking ones, of course.)
*I'm a little scared to lose much weight -- every time I've done so in the past, the chances for being hit on or stared at have increased. Not sure why, either -- I'm not that goodlooking. But it happens. And I HATE it.
*Every time we take a financial hit (like Husband's recent illness), part of me is convinced we'll soon be out on the street, begging for nickels. I have to fight this.
There. What's yours?