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At What Cost?

I was pondering the costs of things after Annie’s credit card incident.  I started looking past monetary costs.  I started digging through various aspects of my life trying to decide what I could and couldn’t afford.  For example, reading my scriptures in the morning costs me a little bit of time every morning.  I can afford that.  Besides, the opportunity cost is relatively low.  Spending time cooking with my kids or playing a game – absolutely affordable.

I have come to the conclusion that everything that I need in my life and everything that my Father in Heaven has asked me to do is affordable.  It is easily affordable at that.  The only times it all seems too expensive is when I muddle my life budget up with unnecessary items.  Watching TV has a pretty high opportunity cost and I find myself at the counter, purchasing daily.  I’m embarrassed enough about the amount of time I watch and no, I won’t tell you how much.  It’s just way too much.  UGH, what a vise.  For that reason, I’m dumping the cable for the next house to free me from my figurative, financial burden.  I plan on relying on Hulu to occasionally quench.  Oh the things I could have been doing instead(No, I can’t part with the TV.  I just don’t want to find myself every saying, “Sorry I can’t take you dinner tonight, ___ is on at 7”).

I digress, this brings my budget into two categories…Needs and Wants.  Oh, there’s a shocker!  That sounds like my normal budget.

I find that days where I take care of the Needs category first, there is a huge amount of time for wants.  Yet when the time is budgeted visa versa, it is almost impossible to get those Needs in.

Let me dust my pants and hop off my soap box.  Really, I’m just trying to be better about my time and it’s value.  I want great memories with my children.

Marjorie Pay says it best:

“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden.
I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”
This is how I want to spend my budget.  I’m not there yet, but I’m trying.

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4 Responses to “At What Cost?”

  1. Amber says:

    Well said! And you do great by the way…give yourself ALOT of credit!

  2. Ashley says:

    We’ve lived without cable and any TV for over a year and the results have been AMAZING. I don’t think we could make ourselves go back. We rented movies a little more or watched things online but it was SO much better. I admit that I now spend more time online than I used to, but I’m working on that too. Excellent post. Nice to know that I am not the only one.

  3. Hila says:

    Wonderful post! Great goals. I know how easy it is to watch a lot of tv. Currently I mostly depend on hulu for anything new, but I’ve gotten into the habit of checking out tv series from the library, and then having to watch them quickly before they are due, so I dont’ think I’m using my time ultra-wisely! I have lots to work on as far as my budget goes…

  4. kim miller says:

    I just love you