Have you ever had a time in your life when you were struggling to make ends meet? We sure have! A few years ago when the recession hit, my husband’s job went from “rad” to “dud.” His paycheck was cut by 70 percent. Now that might not be bad for some people. I had a friend who husband was in medical research. I felt sorry for her when she said her husband’s salary was being cut 75%, but then I learned he made over a million a year. We weren’t in the same boat by a long shot.
At first we did okay. We had always been fairly thrifty and had some savings built up. As the months dragged by and he wasn’t able to find another job our savings dwindled to zero. Then we sold our stock options and waited for another job to open up. It didn’t help to have a daughter with a heart condition and medical bills that weren’t cheap. By this time our finances were depleted and we had made drastic cuts in our lifestyle. I wasn’t sure what else we could do to cut costs. When I begin having $25 to $30 to purchase our weekly groceries, I began to get creative. Once a week I dropped in around dinner time at my in-laws. ”Look hungry,” I told the kids. “I am hungry!” they responded. Since my mother-in-law cooked massive amounts of food, she always asked if we were hungry. “I’m fine,” I would say, “but I think the kids might like something.” Our in-laws actually began asking the kids to come over once a week and have a meal. I considered that a win. We did the same thing with my dad so I knew the kids would have two good meals a week. I also started mystery shopping for restaurants because, even though it was fast food, it was food and the kids got to eat.
Finally, after two years, Bryan got another job and slowly we were able to get back on our feet. In the end, the experience was positive because my daughter wrote an essay about overcoming adversity and got a partial college scholarship from it. We look back on our meals and laugh now, but it wasn’t too funny at the time.
Our story reminds me of 2 Broke Girls, a comedy about the unlikely friendship that develops between two very different young women who meet waitressing at a diner in trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and form a bond over their dream of one day owning their own successful cupcake business. Only one thing stands in their way – they’re broke. Sarcastic, street-smart Max Black met the sophisticated, school-smart Caroline Channing when the uptown trust fund princess was having a run of bad luck due to her father’s Wall Street scandal, which caused her to lose all her money and forced her to give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as an entitled rich girl, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she visualizes a lucrative future for them and they begin to save money to reach their start-up money goal of $250,000. As the girls’ cupcake tally expands week-to-week, they become closer to their goal and to each other. If you haven’t seen the show, you are in for a “treat.” They’ve moved to their new time, 8:30 eastern and 7:30 central, Mondays on CBS.
Have you seen 2 Broke Girls? Do you have some money saving tips to share? I’m always open to learning new ones!
This post was sponsored by RoleMommy but all opinions were definitely my own!