Wednesday, August 29, 2007

It ain't cheap if it is for a good cause

Rant of the Week
Y'all already know that I am quite the penny pincher and dare I say cheap. I clip my coupons and buy generic, and do so with pride. But as of right now, I have decided that I am no longer going to be a cheap sake. Don't get me wrong, I am not going to change my thrifty ways. Instead, I am just going to better market all of my frugal ways. I have decided that nobody thinks your cheap if you are doing so for a good cause.

As of today, I no longer keep the thermostat at the house at 79 to lower the power bill, I do it to reduce our carbon footprint. I go to the salon every six months not because I can't stand the exorbitant prices but because I grew out my hair to donate to cancer patients. I buy used cars so that we can reduce, reuse, and recycle, not to save our bank account. We rarely go out to eat so that our family eats healthier meals. I shop at Sam's Club so that we can buy in bulk to reduce packaging. I push the limit on how often I change Jaley's diaper so that we reduce how much goes to the landfill. I don't go to the car wash so that we conserve water. And the list goes on and on.

They say that our grandparents have a much smaller impact on the planet than we do. I don't think it is because they love the planet more, they just grew up in during the Great Depression. They learned the hard way how to conserve their dollars and ended up conserving a few other things too.

So I am no longer cheap (though I will always be frugal). I am just conserving a little bit of everything and if my wallet is a little fatter at the end of the month all the better. As for the coupons and the generics, I can't quite think of what cause that is helping, but I'll going to keep at it nonetheless.

Life in the Stroller Lane
Around the home front, things are pretty much status quo - which in suburbia means life is pretty good. Scott is home for the next couple of weeks. The temperature is a good bit cooler (mid-90's). And it has been quite a while since we had any major crises.

Jaley is into
and climbing just about everything. A regular kiddie gate won't work on our stairs and Jaley has already outsmarted our homemade blocker. Sarah was almost 2 before she figured it out. So now I can't even contain her to one floor. When she isn't giving me a heart attack with her feats of agility, she is lots of fun. She tries (often succeeding) to do everything that Sarah does. That includes delivering a top-notch temper tantrum when we say no.

As Sarah heads toward four she is heading toward being a kid. She tells me at least five times a day, "she isn't a baby anymore", and it's true. She runs off to play alone with her friends leaving me wondering what they are up to. She rides her bike so fast I can barely keep up. She sits in the backseat of the car and critiques my directions and my driving. "Mommy you aren't supposed to go fast through the yellow light." And as much as I hate to see her grow up, I love the person she is becoming. Plus, I still have my little baby Jaley.

That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of love.

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