- The shopping trips are lighter, quicker and cheaper
- The process of determining wants vs. needs is actually easier (though not fun)
- The thought process of any purchase is much longer
I did spend a good chunk of change on Girl Scout Cookies as I had committed to that purchase before the job loss. It felt good to help out a worthy organization and my family certainly loves the splurge (if they can find my secret hiding place for them).
This experience is tough but I count my blessings as my children are teens and have made a conscious effort to not ask for things they know we can't purchase right now. They are making sacrifices each day and I praise them for doing that.
Even with our situation I know that there are others across the world and nation that are in more dire circumstances than we are and I appreciate those friends and family members who continually give us moral support. We will find a job... I have faith it will happen soon.