January 1st was a soft launch. I had that car tax bill, the oil tank to refill, January clearance shopping to take advantage of, so it didn't FEEL like a crazy stringent budget. Now that February is in two days, I'm feeling it, and it hurts. I have no money and no promise of money. I have little gas in my car, no fruit, no fresh veggies, and lunches/dinners to make and kids to pick up. I've been brown bagging it and staying at work for lunch breaks to save on food and gas, and that's getting me by. I'm feeling depressed.
That being said, this weekend I will be paying off my first credit card balance. I am caught up on student loan payments, doctor's visit copays, there is oil in my oil tank and no one needs clothes. We have toilet paper, paper towels, cat food to last months. So today it hurts, but not for long. We WILL eat, WILL get to work, WILL have fun. I'm okay, after all.