Buy Books – Eat Bologna

I love days like today!  We are so excited to be bringing our son home from his surgery.  Everything went really well and I think we are finally at the end of this 7 month ordeal.  I just have so much to be thankful for.  It is one of those days where I feel like I can’t help but smile.  I even enjoyed going into Walmart and buying stuff to make lunch in the car.  We have done this before but somehow going in there today with the man I love felt almost like a date.  I know, I know I need to get out more.  But seriously, sometimes it is the really simple things that make life special.  I began to think about all of the previous times we have done something similar in order to save money.

One time we were at the end of our vacation and only had a certain amount of cash left in our budget.  We decided to stop at a Barnes and Noble.  Wouldn’t you know it, they were having a sale.  We found our selves in a dilemma – buy books or go out to eat one last time.  We realized that we could stop in a grocery store buy some bologna, bread, chips and fruit, and still have plenty left in our budget to buy the books we wanted.  It was great – it was memorable – it became our family motto, “buy books – eat bologna”.  Now we could have ended our vacation with one more meal out, but would I be writing about that meal 8 years later?  I don’t think so.  I also think I would have missed an important lesson.  It is fun to be different, to go against the grain, to place priorities on things that last.  So slow down, pack a picnic, take the road that goes through the pretty part of town, and for sure – buy the books and eat bologna!