When it Rains.

"When it rains, it pours." 

You've heard that phrase before, right? That string of words used to describe a series of crummy events is somewhat accurate for a piece of our life right now. Not our whole life, but just a small piece relating to our pups and our bank account.

You see, in the last month, we've spent a little less than $1,000 at our veterinarian for the care of Manny and Bruce.

These two knuckleheads are deflating our wallets thanks to a painful sprained tail (Bruce), a routine teeth cleaning and surgical removal of a cyst (Manny) and an inflamed and infected foot that required x-rays (Bruce).

You know that our dogs are family members, though. You know that we travel with them, we pamper them, and love them dearly. We don't have children, and won't for the foreseeable future. Manny and Bruce are our family, which is how we {attempt to} justify this expense.

Regardless of how we justify it to ourselves, the expense hurts. Really, though, any expense right now hurts. You see, we are saving every.single.penny. in hopes of purchasing some land in the next year. We've went as far as to look at three properties, but haven't found anything that makes our hearts race. Yet.

So, we continue to save.

In the last year I've paid off my student loans, and we are consumer debt free. This means we've had the wonderful ability to save, save, save! It feels great, you guys. That doesn't make big, unexplained expenses like veterinarian bills any easier.


The saving continues. The frugal living continues. The careful, calculated spending continues.

How do you lift your spirits after being deflated? {Please, don't say retail therapy…} Leave a comment and put me in a better mood :) 

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  1. Hey Kelli! Sorry to hear your pups have these problems and I don't think you need to justify the expenses.. of course dogs are family members and you take care of your family:)
    I'd say, after big unexpected expenses (like car broken down, repairing costs 600 usd, at a discount, but can't leave it unfixed, for example.. or I need to knit a present for a special newborn and the cost goes in unexpected (way too high) amounts because of the yarn differences - but no use in leaving it unfinished and just waste the material etc), I usually mope for a while:D But then I just put my head up, take a cup of coffee, knit something (haha, usually the item I just spent a fortune on), sometimes do a body scrub or manicure for myself and think that it's just money and nothing I can do about this situation and then just let it go. It is difficult to think that way, especially when a goal in mind.. but if there was nothing I could do about it anyway..it'll go out of mind soon enough. Especially when I see the happy-tears in those new parents' eyes when they get their present - totally worth it!

    In your situation, I'd just hug the pups and play with them and think that it's just money, those two are totally worth it!:)

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