with Avi Spivack
Hi, I'm Avi, and I try to put the work and the dad together, with mild success. This is all about trying to give you a view from what it looks like on the dad-man's side of the world, and I hope you find my ruminations humorous because I try not to take myself too seriously.
I almost bought one of those cute Starbucks mini Mocha Frappucinos this morning, but then I didn’t. Instead, I came into the office and created a homemade iced coffee, with FREE coffee (and ice), supplied by my kind employer.
Love. The. Perks.
For lunch, I will head across the street to the local deli for a sandwich on wheat, unlimited veggies, for the cool cost of $3.45 ($3.62 with tax); to drink? Water. (Also free.) Of course, I should really be making my lunch, though I take this one small luxury and enjoy it, and I don’t go to Cosi (8 bucks for a two-ingredient flatbread sandwich? I don’t think so.)
We are surviving fine with one car even though a second would mean we wouldn’t need to borrow my wife’s parents’ second car every week and even though we actually - ironically - have a two-car garage. Reduce the family carbon footprint and save on gas - bonus.
Our 1950s home could use a whole set of repairs, but nothing dramatic, so we will do some now, some later, and some, much, much later (new sprinkler system, because hoses work just fine).
It’s not as though I am overly anxious about money - or lack thereof - but the bank account ain’t really growing so much, if you know what I mean, so we’re living frugally, buying what we need; we aren’t depriving ourselves, per se, rather just remaining prudent.
But we do live in the land of Range Rovers and BMW X6s - we basically emptied our savings account to buy a house in an amazing neighborhood that is zoned for one of the best elementary schools in the state, and while we can certainly justify the purchase, you look next door at the $1.5mm house that really isn’t all that big, but whose 3 kids all go to private school and whose mother doesn’t work, and it makes you wonder: if we didn’t live in such an affluent area, would we be happier if we didn’t feel inadequate because our grass was (literally) not as green as the house across the street?
So this post has evolved from where do you save money in your everyday to how much do you feel like you’re just running to keep up and can’t quite get there…
Well, speak your mind!
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