After a painful look at everything yesterday, we have decided NOT to sell our house and look for another one. There were several factors in it--first and foremost my in-laws. I'm thankful of them for this, because they are people that The Editor listens to. All along, I've been trying to explain to her that I was worried about being able to do everything financially. We've got an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World that is going to cost around $20,000 (yes, you read that right). We just spent a veritable fortune on not one but TWO brand new Mazda CX-9s. And now she's wanting to spend a God-awful amount on a new house.
I can't do it all.
True, I like change. Change is good. But when we're talking a quarter of a million dollars in change, well, that's asking a bit much. And, yes, between the two cars, the trip, and the new house, that's what we were looking at spending in one year.
So, after I've been saying for a couple weeks that I was seriously doubtful we could have the money to do it all, her parents stepped in and started asking all the same questions I was asking:
- What happens if one of you loses your job? Not uncommon in this day and age.
- What happens if your house doesn't pass inspection?
- How are you going to pay for your children's trip to Disney World, buy a house, and pay on the cars?
- How much is it going to cost to get the new house ready for you to move in?
- What if your house doesn't sell?
True, we need to move. We live in a teeny tiny house. Six people and three dogs are CLOSE in a 900 square foot house. We also have a lot of crap in our house. I mean, do you know how much stuff six people can acquire? And the CLOTHES! Dear lord, the clothes. We have to do laundry every day.
I know it's not going to change when we do get to move. But I do feel like, if we moved, our house wouldn't look so cluttered.
I know the children really need their own spaces. I get that. But at the same time, I can't justify committing financial suicide just to get a bigger house.
So. Finally. I--with the help of my in-laws--stopped the madness.
And I feel so much better about it all.
Now I can get back to concentrating on losing my weight (I haven't lost anything, but I also haven't gained anything, either), paying off the trip, saving for the trip, and getting the kids Harry Potter scarves done.
Because that's what counts right now.