I know you’ve heard it…money doesn’t buy happiness. Well lets really think about it. For most of mine and my husbands relationship we’ve had money problems. Always living paycheck to paycheck. Never had money to go on vacations or even weekend getaways. I think we’ve been out of town on a mini vacation a few times in 10 years. We’ve always had a roof over our heads and food on the table but not much else. It’s caused quite a bit of arguments I’ll admit.
STRESS!!! Money problems cause stress and if it doesn’t, then you’re not normal! It depresses you, you can’t do much of anything because everything costs so damn much! Jason has ALWAYS worked his butt off to stay above water and I’m forever grateful for that. For the first time in 10 years we’re not only above the water but we’re walking on water, okay maybe not walking on water but we’re definitely wadding pretty comfortable!!! In fact just the other night at softball Jason and I were sitting in the bar waiting for our appetizers and I looked at him and simply said, “I’m happy!!!” His humorous comment back was, ” about time!!”.
But seriously for the first time we are doing things the right way. No more $500 a month car payment for a car we don’t really need. We now have 2 decent cars and no car loan…WOOHOO!!! We downsized on our house, well actually we went up in size and down in price…another brilliant move on our part!! Maybe even enjoy a real vacation!!!
It’s taken a long time to get where we are right now and in it’s still a work in progress, but the amount of stress that has been taken off of us is incredible. We are happier as a married couple. I’m happier as a women who likes an occasional new dress. The best part of it all is we now not only have money to spend on fun things but we have money to SAVE!!! I find myself saying “oh we don’t really need that”, which is not like me. I’ll find myself putting a lot of things back. I’ve gotten so much better about money that Jason can’t believe it!! I could live in a cardboard box and as long as I had my family, I’d be okay, but don’t expect a smile to be plastered across my face. Who would be happy to have a life like that?
Let me ask you a question, take away all your money, just have enough to “get by” and tell me how happy you would REALLY be? If you can honestly say you’d be just as happy then I guess you are a better person than I. Can money buy love?… I don’t think so. Can money buy happiness?…I’m starting to wonder…if you already have a great family, it certainly makes it a hell of a lot easier to enjoy life!!