When we got married a budget was essential. I was a HS drop-out but my wife was a High School Grad. We tried several things, but ended up with a cigar box and little home-made envelopes labeled such as: FOOD, RENT, GAS, Clothes, ENTERTAINMENT and Miscellaneous. Our total pay in 1956 was $126 a month.
(pictures on the road do not relate to entry, just our life)
(Sherry driving our home on a road in Tennessee)
Each envelope was allotted a share. We had very little paperwork coming in, bills etc., so they were placed in a drawer, no order. It was our ‘tub’ file. Life was so simple then. When an envelope was empty, that was it until next payday. After a few months we had it down to a science what we would spend. Sherry was a stay at home wife then, and there was no eating out.
She fixed a good breakfast, packed my lunch and fixed supper. We never went hungry, and WE were the entertainment.
(That road in Tennessee)
We were able to buy a used 17” TV. B/W, there were no color TV’s. I was cheated on the TV, if you turned all the lights off at night you could make out a picture. LOL TRUTH!
Each month we had about a $1 for entertainment. That was a banana split, between us and a round of Putt Putt Golf. Life was good! Our love nest was a trailer, 8 ft. wide and 26 ft long. That is about 200 sq ft. I don’t know many newly weds that would live in that now. But to us it was heaven on earth. We were together.
I started this about filing systems. Of course I had filing cabinets in my office. But here in the motor home for some reason we still have too many files. One two foot file rack PACKED, JAMMED! I ask myself WHY? We are just a traveling family now, why so many files?
Sherry’s Brother Johnny has his whole life’s collection on about ten sheets of paper. No files, no copies of last month’s bills etc. (“What else do I need?” he says. And I don’t have a good answer!)
I can’t get it down to two or three folders, but surely I can cut it by half.
Imma work on it. Thanks for listening to this drivel and if you have advice, I’m listening.
We have moved up since being married, from 200 sq ft trailer and a cigar box to 320 sqft. Motor home and a packed filing basket, Over a 100 sqft increase in 57 years ain’t bad, huh?