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Lesson number 1. It's always enough. It's the "want" that's never enough.

Since I took my one year leave of absence from work, our income dwindled. Worse, the business my husband has been into since 2007, has not taken off that well. To put it simply: the income can put food on our table but never sufficient to send our kids to school. To make matters complicated, my blogging earning was slapped tremendously . Good thing my family/siblings always trickle down their blessings to us. However grateful, we know we have to work and really earn on our own because dependency is not an option.

Meticulous menu planning, basic goods buying, no impulse buys, our car never used, very rare eat-outs, all fancy things buying gone - we are still alive!!

Simple living can be done. It's difficult but it can be done. Doubly painful when I hear my kids comment: "why can't we be like this or buy this or get this?" There are however, explanations to everything. The trade of the simplicity: they all eat vegetables now, the older kids were never sick the entire year and they seldom ask for anything fancy. They know they won't be succesful, that's why.

Simple life is difficult in this material-driven world. Others will always have better life compared to ours, but isn't that a fact of life? Now, I always ask myself: is it a need or a want?
Hopefully, I will be better in money management later. That is one lesson I was taught by our situation.
More details to follow.

  1. Mixednuts February 4, 2009 at 2:11 AM  

    I also ask myself that question often now--"do i need it or want it?" If it's want, I turn around and walk away. Money is hard to come by.

  2. hisnameisdencios February 4, 2009 at 11:55 AM  

    i think ms.Hailey if its a material thing/s that isnt very necessary for living it is definitely a want. why have an extra/s if we have enough for everybody? nevertheless its all about money and spending it. lets just be wise on managing especially we are in face of crisis until now.. kaya natin ito! just pray and stand firm!

  3. Hi! I'm Grace February 5, 2009 at 6:19 AM  

    The title itself is very true. :)

  4. arlene February 6, 2009 at 11:02 PM  

    it's the "wants" that made us at times unfocused in just living simply. nice post.

    got you award, sis -

    grab it when u have time. ok?

    happy weekend. mmwahhh

  5. pinaymommy February 7, 2009 at 1:32 AM  

    Hello Mommy Hailey! I hope you remember this tag you participated a year ago. Hope you can participate again. Here's the link as I have tagged you again:

    See you soon!

  6. chubskulit February 17, 2009 at 6:00 AM  

    yum, am drooling now hailey hehehe..

    You deserve to be awarded as a Mom, so please grab this best MOM award

  7. merryheart2 September 12, 2009 at 3:04 PM  

    i'm very proud of you and your family. what you are teaching your children most in America will never know. Kudos to you.