Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tomorrow is the day that our government changes our lives. This sequestration will be taking roughly 43% of my husband's pay away. Looking at our finances is showing that times are going to be tough. Tomorrow I will have to sit my kids down and explain that they can no longer do taekwondo, guitar lesson, and other activities that cost money. We will have to tell them that there will be no trip to see family this summer. The other summer activites we have planned will also be off. I don't want my kids to be burdened by this, but I don't want to lie to them either. Really don't know the best way to approach this. They are smart cookies, I know they know that my husband and I are stressed about something.
After we pay our bills, we will be lucky if we have enough left over to cover groceries. Yes, we have some in our savings, but how long will that last.
For the first time in my adult life I have this health thing down. I am cooking healthy for my family and everyone is doing well with it. Now I am looking at the idea of feeding my family on as little as possible. That pretty much elimnates fresh produce and many other of the more expensive products. No more juicing or green smoothies. We are quite frankly looking at ramen noodles as a meal choice.
As devestated as we are, I know other families who will even be worse off. Thank
God we were smart when buying our house and and stayed conservitave. However, if we were making what he will be making we wouldn't have bought this house. I worry what will happen the first time we have an unexpected expense. You know when something breaks down.
All this is going through my head as I watch my husband put on his uniform this morning. He is to old to change agencies, but to young to retire. I know many will retire. I worry that this will hurt the morale of these agents greatly and that his job will become more unsafe. With less man power working the border, there will be less back up in dangerous situations. I am sure the drug pushers will know that our border is week and increase there flow into our country. Only putting the agents who can't pay their bills at more risk than before.