Like much of America, Matthew and I have been impacted by the current state of the economy. Most of his fall tour dates were canceled or pushed to the spring because of the economy. Therefore, we are hardcore budgeting to make ends meet… and with the holidays and a baby this is even more challenging.
Needless to say, splurging on scrapbooking supplies is NOT a part of the budget. Actually, glue is the only thing I am allowing myself to buy for the next three months. I need to either make do with what I have or go without. Thankfully, I have splurged many times over the past two years and built up quite a stash. Today I was blessed with winning a random prize drawing from Tinkering Ink – how cool is that? I never win giveaways!
Wednesday I will be posting a video and pictures of my Daily December album. (For info on this neat project, check out Ali’s blog). I am delighted with how it turned out – and even more so because I made it entirely out of things from my stash. The base of the album is actually from Target’s $1 section. It is amazing what a little paint and some rub-ons can do. I am excited about this project because it will encourage me to pay attention to the little details of the season. I hope that many of you will join me in this project because it is so easy. You don’t have to be a seasoned scrapbooker – or even a scrapbooker at all. More on that on Wednesday…
I think the holidays is a good season to be on a budget. It is easy to get caught up in the hoopla and spend beyond your means. That is simply not an option for us. And I am thankful. It is forcing me to re-evaluate what really matters. Matthew and I are so blessed to have so much. We have a roof over our heads, food in the refrigerator, a healthy baby and the love of one another.
Our budget is also inspiring me to be creative this year for the holidays. I want to give more handmade gifts. I want to bless my loved ones with a piece of me.
- How has budgeting impacted your story?
- Are you making any gifts this year? If so, what are they?