Tomorrow I’m supposed to be telling you that we paid off the first of our four credit cards, like was planned. Turns out that is not going to happen.
Well, I forgot that we would need to pay for Christmas by Christmas (um, duh Sara.) and someone got into a parking ticket mess earlier this month. Moving right along…I’m hoping that we can get it paid by mid-February.
This is normally the kind of thing that would totally derail my budget attempts for a really long time. But I’m not letting that happen this time. Because- we’re much better when there is an actual budget to look at. (I can’t believe i just admitted that.) And having something to be accountable to really does curb our spending. Or, at least shame us when it doesn’t.
In related(ish) news, my mom called and said that Thanksgiving is going to be catered this year, as a gift from one of my aunts. So, silly as it may sound, that’s one event that I don’t have to worry about bringing anything more than flowers and a hostess gift to.
It made me nervous when I realized about the possibility of being expected to spend lots of money while visiting L’s family for the holidays. My family gets that it’s smart for us to live frugally. But again, L is the wealthiest person in his family, and this is our first time going back to his hometown since the new job. I am worrying about whether we are going to have to pick up all kinds of tabs, or be expected to treat his family to lots of new things.
But enough worrying for now. I need advise! Are any of you in a much better financial footing than your (or your partner’s) family? How does one deal with this? What about if your family is really really poor?
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