Thursday, February 17, 2011
We're in the process of setting up services for Little Dude, and planning for Kindergarten next year. The girls all start back at their original elementary school today, and we'll be looking into setting up 504 Plans for the Pork Lo Maniac (ADHD) and Cookie (anxiety). We even stopped by to see our friends at the public library today, and it was big fun.
So you know what isn't going swimmingly? Finances. We're carrying a mortgage and a rental. We've finally had some showings on our house in Texas, so we're optimistic, but in the mean time? We're cheaping out.
No cable. No eating out. No land line. No brand-name anything. Keeping the heat low. It's kind of amazing how much we don't need, actually.
Our rental home doesn't have a dishwasher or a microwave, so between that, the cheaping out, and the no furniture, it's like we're squatters or something. Cookie said it's like we're Amish. I agreed and suggested the kids should have more chores.
What else can we do to cheap out? I changed my prescription antidepressant from a brand name ($60 copay) to generic ($4). I make my own laundry detergent. We go to the library and the playground for fun.
What else? What do you do to cheap out? I have a lot of readers with special needs kids, and you know insurance doesn't cover the half of it. Where do you cut costs so you can still afford the necessities?