Oh when it rains it pours… We were on a high from travelling, first our Midwest trip and then Vegas. Of course our infertility was always on the back of our mind but it gave us a short reprieve from all of the curve balls that life has been throwing our way. Hell, we even went in the hot tub and had a drink or two (things we were instructed not to do while actively trying to conceive). Needless to say, it was nice.
Coming back from Las Vegas we were thrown right back into reality. We knew we would be getting right into infertility treatments so there was that but what we were not expecting was the little envelope on our door that greeted us. We had a good idea what it was when we saw it and I dreaded opening it, all to well knowing what I expected to see when I unfolded that letter. Another rental increase, this time only $50.00 but it was the third one in a year and a half totaling a $275.00 overall. That may not seem like a lot to some, but when you are trying to juggle living, saving and the unexpected expenses that come with infertility it really throws a wrench into your plans each and every time.
We began by opening the our family budget, the one I crafted in Excel. We talked about the areas we could trim and what we needed to do to make it work. Jon immediately said he didn’t need the Spotify subscription he listens to every day, and canceled it on the spot. We talked about canceling our Cable service, one the things I enjoy most (I am a sucker for reality TV) but he talked me out of it, explaining that I shouldn’t have to give up something I really enjoy. We made it work, we trimmed here and there, knowing that in a few short months that we would probably be getting another dreaded envelope on our door that contained another notice of another rental increase.
We both looked at each other and said something has to change.
I know, I know, these sound like first world problems, and they are. I mean, honestly, I thank God everyday for the things he has provided for us, I know we are blessed. Whether it is donating money or goods, we make sure to give back whenever we can but that doesn’t take away from that fact that things like this are frustrating.
So ladies and gentleman I guess this is the swift kick in the you know what that we needed to start the process of looking for our first home. It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time. While we have been saving for this moment, I am not sure I was quite ready to make the leap, but then again, are we ever really ready to make big changes?
xoxo – angie