A Letter to my Former Self

Dear Past Me,

Girl, I just had to thank you for your work and foresight. You know how you have always been worried we would lose our part time job? Well, it has happened, and as you figured, money is tight. Of course it would happen after the old truck died and we can to replace it. We got a used car, but there’s still a car payment.

Still, as you know, there are always things to be grateful for. We have a roof over our heads, and the bills are being paid. We still have our full time job, and Mister has his. And we have plenty of food to eat, thanks to you!

Past Me, thank you for all those hours you spent over the hot pressure canner. You have created so many delicious meals that we do not have to pay for. Thank you for drying the food in the dehydrator; those spices are really making these meals delicious.Thank you for buying meat when it was on sale and putting it in the freezer. Those barbecue chicken thighs are going to be delicious next week. Thank you for helping Dad butcher and process the deer, rabbit and chicken. Our freezer is full, and our grocery bill small.

Thank you for couponing. All that rice you bought for 2 cents a pound, (all the bags people laughed at you for buying) are really stretching our meals now. Those salsa jars you canned, even after everyone said you had enough, they are making amazing burritos to take to work.

Thank you for couponing and cutting out those coupons. Thank you for buying all the shampoo, even when others said, really, why are you buying ten bottles? When we are running out of toothpaste, soap, shampoo, or laundry detergent, we don’t have to worry about how we will manage until the next pay day. We just go to the closet or reach under the sink and take out another bottle. And thanks to you, Past Me, we can do this for quite a few more months, giving us time to either pay off some things or find another job (or both!).

The shopping you did in January, when toys were marked way down, and other things were half price or cheaper, is a life saver. Most of Christmas is already purchased and paid for. The Kid will have more than enough presents under the tree. Between that and a few homemade gifts, this may even be the best Christmas ever. I remember when you second-guessed yourself, Past Me, as you picked up another discounted board game, and I remember you saying to us, “you know, we never know what tomorrow will hold. Let’s go ahead and get this while we have the money and it is a good price.” You made good choices, Past Me.

Past Me, you have made some mistakes. And I hate to break it to you, but I am still making mistakes. We have learned some lessons, but there is always more to learn. But there were many things you did well to stock our pantry and our home, and for that, I must thank you.

Much love,

Current Me

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