Sorry, It’s Just Not Your Lucky Day

The current economic crisis has left few unscathed, myself included. My husband’s business is rather slow to say the least, but I’m thankful we continue to stay in the black, as opposed to many of our counterparts who aren’t even in the game anymore.

We’re fortunate that I have a great job, receive a pretty adoption stipend, and that I know how to budget up the wazoo. It’s never easy to feed a family of six, all of them hearty eaters, but we make it work. Determination is always a plus.

Sure, we’re lucky enough to manage but every now and then, like when a car unexpectedly needs work done or your son comes home with a lacrosse registration demanding $500 payment, it’s a challenge not to scream, or beat somebody up, or incite some other grand measure of self destruction to express my frustration or mask my desperation.

I no longer acquire the Christmas need-to-spend-spend-spend bug every year, but I do like to put a few things under the tree for the kiddos. I still want them to be able to participate in the back to school recess discussions of who got what. I’d hate to rob them of the five minute claim to fame with classmates “oohh”ing and “ahhh”ing at the cool gifts they received.

As of late my method for paying bills has been as follows. The first bills I pay are the services that can be shut off, next are any items that can be foreclosed or repossessed, and whatever’s left gets distributed accordingly to groceries, gas, lunch allowances, the rest of life, and if we’re lucky, our once a week dining out for dinner. I always make a good effort to avoid the late fees, but I’ll admit I’m not always successful.

As I watch the bills mount on my home office desk, I’ve begun to consider taking a lotto approach in choosing which bills to pay first. I can roll each bill into a neat ball and throw them all into a good sized fish bowl. Each time we get a check we’ll gather in the office and someone will dip into the bowl and randomly pick a few rolled up bills. I’ll pay those bills and the bills-to-pay selection process will repeat each time we get another check.

Now if a bill collector calls me before his bill is chosen, I’ll have to tell him, “Sorry, it’s just not your lucky day, try again next time.”

Something tells me that won’t stop him from playing next week.

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  1. December 23, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Hmmm… “Your complaint has been noted, however the Billottery is not responsible for the luck of the draw. Please direct any further complaints at the universe or the deity of your choosing.”

    • December 23, 2010 at 12:48 PM

      Aaahhh, Elise, you sure make me smile. BTW, I’m following your suggestion and trying to write 2000 words a day. Doesn’t always work and 1000 seems to be my number right now, but I’m working at that.

  2. December 23, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    great post, Maria. Hope things get easier for you – and for all of us! – sometime soon. Jared

    • December 23, 2010 at 10:34 PM

      As always, thanks for visiting. I love it when fab writers/bloggers read my posts. You fall in that category. 🙂

      • December 23, 2010 at 11:06 PM

        thanks so much. Glad we’ve connected. Jared

  3. December 23, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Love this post Maria! I feel the same way with the bills! Sometimes you have to “pick your poison”. It is always a challenge and with all of your kids I can’t even fathom! Great job with the blog! Love it!

    • December 23, 2010 at 10:32 PM

      Wacky Dad, you’re jumping double points on my like-o-meter! Thanks for the comments and the “tweet out”.

  4. December 23, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Like I said on twitter – I think the more we work together on these blogs the better we can make them! Keep up the great authoring!

  5. December 24, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    The last two and a half years I have been on stretching the dollar duty. I always think with the new year coming that it’s going to be more prosperous. Here’s to hoping, best wishes.

  6. December 24, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Edathomedad..I’m going to hope right alongside you this coming new year. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. ventamatic
    December 28, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    hmmmmmmmmm lotto approach to paying bills, thanks for the great idea. i kinda see myself in this blog, on the whole bill paying thing that is , as for kids i dont have any, Christmas is for kids, its fun to see their expressions as they tear into the presents, i remember that when i was a kid, lol. i hope your Christmas was a great one,

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