Can Being In A Rut Be Fun?

Ever feel like you are in a rut…digging and digging to get out, but getting no where fast?

Ever since Momma started staying at home with Ace instead of going to work, we have really had to watch where our money goes.  And now that we are living in a recession it almost like a noose around our necks!

We pay all of our bills on time, but what’s left over leaves little room for much entertainment or extra curricular activities.

The added stress and lack of doing things hasn’t really helped my blogging much. I mean, do you really want to hear about how we do the same thing every day?  I didn’t think so…  😀

I know that the recession has hurt many families much more than it has hurt ours and I am very grateful that we have done as well as we have throughout these tough times.

I have friends that have been laid off for over a year, depleted all of their savings, and ran up their credit cards.  Now they are living on a shoestring budget struggling to make ends meet.

So how has the recession put unwanted stress on your family?

What have you done to alleviate this stress?

What are some fun (and inexpensive) things that your family does for entertainment?


  1. Ed says:

    Some of the simple things are Friday night movie nights–home made pizza, some popcorn and a rented movie (or one we already own and have seen no fewer than 1300 times!) Or taking advantage of zoo and COSI memberships.

    I suppose intimate family time, in the end, is worth more than anything.

  2. Amber says:

    We do the home made pizza and movie night too. Also, Ohio State has a lot of sporting events that are free. The Columbus Museum of Art used to be free admission on Sundays. Sometimes there are free events at the Ohio Expo Center. I think they have quarter midget races and some other events. There are a lot of free things to do in Columbus, you just have to look! =)

  3. Eric says:

    We’re the same way. Wife is at home with the kids. I work a ton of overtime and my father lives with us just so we can make ends meet.

    This past weekend we did our first family movie night. It was a great success. I did a blog about it earlier this week if you want to see how it went.

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