Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year!

I was very excited for 2011 to be behind us and was looking forward to 2012 with great anticipation.

In 2011 my father passed away and my life then went into a horrible tailspin where I felt I could not keep my head above water and continued on that way for several months.  They year then ended with a routine exam turning into a cancer scare and surgery to remove pre-cancerous cells from my body.  I have spent the past 6 months grasping trying to maintain some sort of control over every situation.

With everything that went on I was ready for 2012 and had began to make my 'To-Do' list for the following year.  I was taking control back.

Eat better
Exercise more
Organize my house 
Plan a budget
Become debt free

A very ambitious list with probably 75 items on it.  And I was ready to tackle it.  I started early while recovering from my surgery.  Some simple things.  I took the time to read a good book.  I cleaned out my purse.  I stopped my nasty habits.

And then... just a few short days after the New Year... everything, again, has fallen into a tailspin. 

My husband has been downsized.  I'm not sure why that word is supposed to make this feel better.  It surely doesn't.  I still consider it fired.  Although, not for work performance but 'simply for cost saving measures as they try to realign the company in efforts to maximize savings'... ya know... FIRED!

I could vomit.

I am in a panic.

I despise this lack of control I have over this situation.

Now, more than ever... I am determined to take control of this chaotic life we lead. 

I am taking back over.

First and foremost I will be addressing our financial situation to minimize expenses while maximizing savings while my husband finds new employment. 

Over the next few weeks I will begin posting about what our family is doing to cut expenses and how to determine needs over wants.  What things will have to be set by the wayside and what things we will make room for.

I hope you'll join me for Coffey Economics!


  1. Just want to your blog! As for 2011, wow...and 2012 isn't starting off that great either! I know what it feels like for your husband to lose his job, but after you take a deep breathe you'll realize it really isn't the end of the world...well, it maybe the end of the world as YOU know it...but like us, you figure out how much you really can do without. And in the end, you really don't feel that deprived. I'm a total list person, so after I accepted the fact that my husband was unemployeed, instead of my list of things to do that actually cost money, I started a list of things to do that didn't cost anything or very little. We actually got so many little things done around the house that we had let go...I also had another list "things to do when we get money". When he did get another job, I looked at that list & we had actually already done many items on that list because the money we used to spend eating out or shopping for clothes, etc...went to fix up the house and we didn't even realize it. Hang in there, while you've had a rough year, things will turn around and like I told my husband...losing your job, might be the best thing that ever happened to you. When one door closes another one opens. fyi; I have NEVER posted a comment on anyones blog, but your story touched me:) take care. linda

  2. Thank you Linda for the kind words of encouragement!