Living paycheck to paycheck, there are a lot of times when you find yourself just waiting for your next check. That is where we are right now; in limbo.
By that I mean we are literally just waiting. We have enough food to make it to the next check as long as we plan correctly and don’t get bored and over eat one day. We have enough gas in our vehicles to get back and forth to work for the next week, enough cigarettes to last us until then as well.
We buy our cigarettes by the carton on payday, driving the 20 miles to the State Line Smoke Shop to save money because the Washington Cigarette Tax is so high that it is virtually impossible to afford to smoke in this state. I know, “Just stop smoking then.” That’s not going to happen at this time in our lives.
While we are “waiting”, we are downsizing our apartment, taking items to our local Donation Drop off. We use Value Village. At Value Village, they run specials for donations. Right now we can earn up to 30% off on a “Hero” Card. We get one 5% off sticker per bag or box or piece of furniture and can accumulate up to 30% off on our “Hero” card. We can use this discount in the store on our next purchase. Of course there are some exclusions to this offer, but it is a great way to keep us shopping at Value Village because I am sure there will be something that we will want or need for our new home.
We are also organizing everything so that when it is time to move in, it will be a smooth transition. By completely cleaning the interior of the trailer, we are able to guage just how much or little space we are going to have to store our personal belongings. In a 20 ft trailer we are going to have to be pretty creative about storage if we want to have all our daily items within reach. I have been researching and found some great space saving ideas on Pinterest.
Here are a couple of my favorite links:
I’m also using this time to research parks around the area to find which one will be the best fit for my husband and I. Because our trailer does not have a water heater, we will need a park that gives us access to showers and restrooms. We have found several that offer year round month to month residency, so it will just be up to the inspection on which one we decide to stay at. We will be working full time at our current jobs through the winter.
The trailer is clean and ready to paint. We are removing the old cushions on the bed and will replace them with our own mattress for comfort. The cushions that are on the bench seats will be covered with fabric for now until we can afford to replace or reupholster these as well. We are removing the current refrigerator because of some black mold that we found growing inside it, so this will be a priority item to replace as quickly as possible. We have decided to go with an electric refrigerator instead of the propane type that is currently installed.
We are excited to be moving in to this next chapter in our lives. There will be so much to learn and so many opportunities for us that we haven’t even thought of yet.
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Until the next paycheck, let me know if you have any suggestions or comments below. I would love to hear your feedback.