Tuesday, November 21, 2017

You Gotta Have Grit

Hello Friends!

Sometimes things do not go as planned as you all well know! Our dryer decided to not work properly today, my Pre-Lit Christmas tree decided it had its better days and would not return, and I realized I had accidentally donated a box with a lot of my Christmas décor last spring, and then my vacuum is not acting right.  Oh and my heater for the house is acting bonkers.

I had a slight meltdown today! I say this now laughing. Truly! I am trying so hard to stick to budget and I already feel a slight pressure of "will this all work". But friends....sometimes you have gotta have GRIT! That is what we say in the south.



You got to make things work. Figure it out. Be creative. Make do even when you may not want to. Hopefully our dyer will be under warranty. A friend let me use her dyer so graciously.  Hannah let us have her personal Christmas tree. I learned to be creative with things I had in my home to make it Christmas looking due to the donated décor, and my vacuum still works but just won't stand upright so I am just going to have to make do.



Is the tree the Martha Stewart tree that I usually aim for?  NOPE...it is simple and Charlie Brown like. But sweet and serves its purpose. I was not willing to spend money out of the budget or charge a new one! Nope. Even a used one! Nope. I will make do!

Did I like loading wet soaking clothes to a friends home?  NOPE...but it reminded me of neighborly love. My friend came through for me. We enjoyed a chit chat too. Will I charge a dryer if it is not under warranty? NOPE! We will save out of half of the debt attack money, cut out pleasures, and etc. until we can save up. I may have clothes hanging all over my home. But I am sticking to the budget!

Am I sad about the décor I donated? Yes BUT thankful I could make things pleasant and work. Hopefully some other family is enjoying those decorations.

Running out to the store to buy "new things" was not an option. And I am thankful that the Lord helped me have GRIT and Make DO!

Blessings,

Chrissy

16 comments:

  1. Oh Chrissy, I am so sorry. I swear death and breakdowns come in threes. But I admire your resolve. My sink sprayer has a leak, My ice and water on my fridge does not work, Our truck was hit and they did not leave their name so we have to file it on our insurance , we have waited a year for the money still waiting.... Sewing Machine is now broken. Garage door is not working, and I broke an important part on my bosch mixer today!.. I can get the sink fixed by my cousin but don't want to spend money for part, The fridge, garage need a repairman call. Truck just must wait. I think Hub's will replace my machine for Christmas. I ordered the bosch part for $29.00 I am right there with you sister.

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    1. Goodness...you need a lot of Grit! Bless you my friend.

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  2. Well that stinks! It seems that when it rains it pours. The lights quit working on my prelit tree a few years ago. No money for a new tree so I cut all of the lights off. What a pain! We did make memories and can now laugh about it. Buying lights to string was much cheaper then buying a new tree. You're inspiring me, my friend!

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    1. I tried cutting thise lights off. It had over a thousand. I just did not have the time or motivation. I can't beleive you did. You had grit my friend.

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  3. Dear Chrissy,
    Prelit trees are the worst!!!
    So sorry for your tough times...but admire your GRIT!
    Hugs and love for a wonderful and cozy Thanksgiving!

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  4. Awww!! I know things happen in pairs. Glad u have the " grit " to keep your budget. I have been trying to keep a budget too thank u for sharing how u do yours. I have a dryer but don't use it due to living in the country and our electric so high. I don't know if u have room in your house or laundry room but I have a wall clothes line that I use all the time in winter when i can't hang out side. They are 7.00 at Menards for a small one. Put heat is wood so they dry fast. You can live on a budget if you are committed.

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    1. Chelle,
      Thanks for commenting. Great idea about the line.

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  5. That's suppose to say we heat with wood. So they dry fast.

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  6. Hey sweet friend, well done on making do. Teaching others that when things break down make do. Many people feel that it gives them permission to go out and charge or not pay a bill to get what they have lost. You my friend are proof that doesn't have to be. You my friend have grit, grit to get out of debt no matter what comes your way. Having a heart of thankfulness! A mother always makes best of every situation guiding and teaching her children how to face what ever comes your way. HUGS, Happy Thanksgiving Chrissy!

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    1. Thank you friend for the encouragement. Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  7. You're a strong woman and an inspiration to me. Hope better days come soon!

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  8. What a day! You do have Grit and good for you! Sometimes the best things come from having to make do!

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    1. You are right. I learned valuable lessons today.

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  9. How was your thanksgiving though? Ok?

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  10. Great thoughts in this post and good job on making do!

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