Story of a Desk – Running a blog Away Debt Running a blog Away Debt


by Ashley

small square kitchen table with four chairs

When my ex-husband and I first separated again in the summertime of 2018, I left loads of the joint marital possessions behind. After I moved out, I took my bed room set (which was a hand-me-down from my Dad), some patio furnishings (which I used as indoor furnishings initially since I had none), and a lot of the kitchen stuff since I used to be the prepare dinner within the household. However that was it!

In these first months, issues had been very tight financially. I made two instant purchases that I thought-about requirements – a brand new bed room set for my children (bunk beds + dresser, as I’d left theirs behind with their Dad) and a washer/dryer. I figured we may slooooowly add no matter else we wanted in time.

Making Do

That meant we didn’t have a kitchen desk. As an alternative, we had a kitchen island and two barstools. Every night time once we had dinner collectively, the women every sat on a barstool on the island, and I stood on the island with them. That’s how we had our household meals for months and months.

Perhaps 6 months into this residing state of affairs, one among my pals moved away and supplied to present me her previous craft desk. This was not an enormous or fancy eating room desk state of affairs. It was scuffed and somewhat wobbly and had paint marks on the highest. Nevertheless it was a desk and 4 chairs. I used to be THRILLED on the beneficiant provide and snatched it up as fast as I may!

Combining Lives

It was perhaps a yr after that when my now-husband and I moved in collectively (I used to be in a rental residence and he joined me about mid-way by means of my lease). I used to be nonetheless making do with our previous craft desk + kitchen island. However he had a beautiful kitchen desk set and that grew to become our main desk. My craft desk was now a secondary desk. We used it within the breakfast nook and it grew to become the place the place the women did their homework. However we by no means ate there anymore. My now-husband’s desk took its place.

In Summer time 2020, we bought married and acquired our first residence collectively. Each tables got here – my husband’s (now somewhat beat up, itself), and my trusty craft desk. We’ve nonetheless used the craft desk for teenagers’ homework and my husband’s is the place we eat all of our meals.

New Horizons

Since becoming a member of lives, we’ve verrrrry slowly added new items right here and there. I wrote on this submit about how our formal front room got here collectively spending little or no cash out-of-pocket (as a substitute buying a lot of the issues second-hand).

However I’ve turned my sights on that previous craft desk and assume it’s now time for an improve. Whereas I nonetheless love my husband’s authentic desk and totally plan to maintain it as our main desk, I would like our formal eating room to get a proper eating desk it deserves. As it’s, my husband’s desk (I suppose I ought to simply say “our” desk at this level? Lol) solely seats 4 comfortably. If there are kids we may squeeze in a couple of further chairs, however the desk doesn’t have a leaf to increase. It’s a sq. desk, not an extended rectangular one, so it’s robust to suit extra folks on either side. And, being over a decade previous now, itself, it exhibits its age. It’s good for normal utilization, however I desire a extra conventional desk (lengthy, rectangular, with a leaf for added size) that we will use for special day meals like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or when now we have company over for dinner.

Financial savings Plan

As a result of I really like myself a problem, I’m utilizing this need as a motivator to chop again in our finances and trim off extra. I wish to save up for a brand new eating room desk with the objective to have the ability to purchase one in money in time for our Thanksgiving dinner! I truly began saving final month, so that offers me 6 months of financial savings time between now and the objective buy date. I don’t have a precise desk picked out but, however will most likely begin window buying quickly simply to get an estimated value vary so I do know if I’m on monitor with my financial savings. I hope to save lots of up between $1200-1500 in that point. That’s a financial savings charge of about $250/month, which I feel I can do if I squeeze the additional out of my finances! Final month I’d put aside $200 so I’m a smidge bit behind, however I feel I can catch up.

Within the coming week, I plan to take a tough take a look at my August deliberate finances to see the place I can pinpoint areas with heavy spending. I do know I can probably do higher on our grocery and eating-out finances, and with extras like clothes purchases and leisure. After I’ve had an opportunity to actually dive in, I’ll report again with my financial savings plan!

For those who had a giant financial savings objective, what’s the first finances class that you’d attempt to trim or in the reduction of?


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