Friday 5: 5 Positive Things That Arise When The Chips Are Down!

FRIDAY 5 | | October 16, 2009 at 9:36 pm


Friday seems to roll around all too often, especially when you commit to write a Friday 5 post every week. In fact I recall when I decided to start the Mommy Niri Friday 5 series hubby thought it would be too much to write and I rebelled and started it anyway. I knew my blog was going to have a bit of everything, I love bringing you the latest news and reviews but I always wanted my little slice of me in there with my views. The friday 5 has ensured that I keep to that.

Many of you would know that Hubby was let go, or even read a Friday 5 of What Not to say to Someone let go, where I tried to stay positive. A month later it is much more difficult to pull it off, at least not convincingly anyway. The good part is people just don’t ask so much anymore, I guess it is a mood killer even for others. So since we have visited the unemployment avenue on a few occasions we are trying to take the positive attitude.

  1. I really read the price on items. Not that I was a big shopper before but I never looked more for a bargain so closely as I do now. I hope that this habit sticks so maybe later when things get better I may start a manicure/pedicure fund, by golly I know I need it/
  2. I waste less and reuse more. I am not one totally to waste but I must admit leftovers that get shoved into the fridge rarely make their way back to the plates. I have also been digging all into cupboards to make sure I use all of those little product samples you get in the mail and in stores/events.
  3. My pantry is (finally) getting uncluttered. I normally just stash groceries on top of each other and never end up using what’s way in the back. These days I am becoming adventurous in using those little items that I can barely remember purchasing, and yes I am checking expiry dates.
  4. I am making bigger strides going green. I am what you can call a wannabe green mom. I will normally choose green products unless price wins over in a drastic way. But now since I am on a penny pinching hunt those cleaners and disposable cleaning products are not so appealing. Finding alternate cleaners and making those I have stretch make it safer for the planet (and my wallet). Ever notice how fast those rolls of paper towels go? I know nothing is as convenient as it but spacing it out with reusable dish towels in between definitely stretch the dollar (not to mention the paper towel).
  5. I have more time now that I don’t spend time shopping. Ever realize that how much we just hang out at the mall and end up buying useless junk because it was on sale. Sure shopping is therapeutic (though I have never found trying on clothes to be) but paying the bills sure aren’t. Somehow shopping moved out of being an errand when we need something to be an activity (like watching a movie).

Ahem, don’t get me wrong, this does not mean I am happy with the status quo situation, I would love to happily step back into the family with a salary.


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    Sheila says:

    I love how positive you are about all this. These are some great tips. That reminds me I need to organize my pantry.

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    Carla says:

    I love your positive attitude in every situation you write about!

    After my husband has been unemployed for over a year an a half, you find every possible way to penny pinch. It’s becomes easier knowing what we need and DON’T need. I’ve also been a big fan of saying “If we can’t pay for it in cash then we as a family don’t need it or therefore can’t afford it”.

    Thanks for sharing your positive outlook!

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    Sheliza says:

    I sincerely wish your family well during these times. I think you have a great plan and I really think “simple” living is the key. it is my everyday reality!

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    Ms. Latina says:

    I love these postive five! I understand the strain losing a jpb can have on a family and have to commend you for staying so positive! It may seem hard some days but this too shall pass.


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    Devri says:

    We are in the same boat as you, we are unemployed 2 weeks out of the month. We just work enough not to get unemployment, I am a stay at home mom with 7 kids, so we have to be frugal, love your positive 5!

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    Meghan says:

    I was just thinking some of the same thoughts this week! We are in the same boat, with you. $5 or less for dinner to feed 4 people. Breakfast is $.75 or less per person, lunch is leftovers whenever possible but not more than $1.50 per person, at the worst.

    I NEVER thought like this before. Coupons and sale flyers are my friend. So is my freezer. Who knew?

    Thanks for opening the doors to share, Niri.

    Know what, I like it when people don’t ask (especially as time passes cuz it only means I’m going to have to tell them there’s no change. If a job had been found, I’d be singing it from the rafters! You wouldn’t even need to ask!) ;-)

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