Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dave Ramsey makes me emotional

Ed and I have set out on our journey to financial freedom via Dave Ramsey. We got the cd's from the Financial Peace University from some friends and have been listening to them. I've limited myself to one a day because of the range of emotions that I experience while I listen.
First, I felt angry at my parents for not teaching me more than savings and for helping me get that first credit card. Then I felt regret that Ed and I hadn't started this sooner. We've been married for almost 8 years and we were making boat loads (to us) of money when we first married. Then I heard a very sad story about a guy and I just bawled through the end of it. That pretty much sent me off the emotional deep end for the rest of the day (and I had listened to it on my way to work in the morning). Now, if you know me, you know that I'm pretty even keeled emotionally so this is kind of new territory for me.

I'm grateful that Ed and I are taking this step, but I know it's going to be hard and that I'll have to really think about every dollar I spend. It's going to be quite the emotional ride around here for a few months.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Punishment at the grocery store

Last week I was looking for some dairy free ice cream alternatives at the grocery store. Ed had given the girls some sherbet while I was out of town not knowing that it's first ingredient is MILK! AUGH! So, I head over to the healthy food freezer section and find the ice cream...much to my dismay....even though there is dairy free ice cream, it's all horribly expensive!! Does anyone else think that $6 a pint is okay? I mean, you can get a whole gallon of Blue Bell for that price.

I hate that people who choose to eat these foods for health or moral reasons or people who have special food needs (the allergy people) seem to be punished financially. And yes, I do know that there is this little thing called "supply and demand" that causes the price to go up. It just frustrates me that my poor kiddo who can't consume dairy is going to miss out on one of her favorites because I can't bring myself to spend that kind of money on food for her. Someday I will buy an ice cream maker and make all the dairy free ice cream that her little tummy can handle! Until then, we have to figure out some other "su-prises" for my girl.