We are on day 3 of being a one-income household with two-income expenses. We've done the math, and it's not pretty.
Focusing on the positive, there are some good things about being broke. It can have a positive impact on my contribution toward the environment. Such as:
- Less gasoline being used, as we have one less commute (though it was short) and unemployment and job applications are virtually all done online anymore.
- By limiting (and eventually eliminating - a cranky, cold-turkey, caffeine-addicted person is not what this family needs right now!) my Diet Coke consumption, I'm reducing the energy needed to recycle aluminum.
- No eating out or plastic soda cups from Speeedway means less unrecyclable waste.
- By vastly curtailing my grocery spending and making everything from scratch (as opposed to a box), we will likely be eating better in the long run. Beans, rice and pasta do less harm to the environment than the animals who have to eat the grains first. (Plus, I might lose those last few baby pounds.)
- Fans are staying on; the A/C is staying off, lowering my electric bill.
- I'll dust off my baby food recipe book and my vegetarian grilling cookbook that has for years collected dust and use the produce from the CSA that I thankfully bought from earlier this spring to expose my family to new tastes and a healthier lifestyle.
Don't get me wrong. I'd like to be able to afford all of my bills next month, but at least there's a small (OK very small) silver lining to all of this.