My Dearest Hubby has the sweetest grandmother….and the craziest. I love her to death. She reminds me of what I’m going to be like if I make it to 76. She is the mother of 5 and was married with her first child by the age of 17. Needless to say, she’s well versed in the language of frugality. Funny thing is, she’s the one I talk to about new cheap recipes that I’ve found and new ways I stretch a buck in a house with a growing boy and a Paul Bunion (growing lol) husband. She always tells me how proud she is of me and how impressed she is at how well I take care of my “little family.”
I don’t share these things with her to give reports or anything of that nature…I just love to share with someone who appreciates it and can give me input. She recently gave me a cheap beef stew recipe that we’ve tried and loved….and it only cost me around 3 dollars….1 dollar a person and 2 servings per person! The fact that she’s “been around the block” makes me eager to tell her about the canned tomatoes that I got for free after coupons or how I got the baby’s soy milk for 90 cents. She’s the best!
Ok, well, back to the title of this post. Because I tell her about my triumphs (and downfalls) she sends sweet letters of encouragement. Funny thing is, within the last year, she’s been adding “a little something” for us to spend on ourselves …whether its out to dinner or a new sweater for me or a new pair of shoes for sonny boy, its for us to spend. Period. I’ve tried to use it for bills or whatever may come up but I’ve been yelled at…numerous times. Lol she likes to hear exactly what we did with it and that we had a good time. I know that she remembers how it used to be and wants me to be able to treat myself and my family every once in a while. How do I know this? She told me. So, guess what we will be doing tomorrow? Treating ourselves to a calorie filled meal at friendly’s( and saving the rest of the money for diapers lol). The old lady(as I endearingly call her) will be happy, we’ll be happy and on Sunday I’ll be back in the kitchen.