The kids and I arrived home and were finally nearing the end of a long week. My husband and I finalized our plans for dinner and soccer practice. The kids were eager to get home and grab a snack. We finally arrived home and the garage door would not open. The week before we had a new garage door installed, so I figured it was a malfunction and I thought to myself, “Here we go again.” I took the kids out the car and we went inside and my world stopped, it came to a screeching halt.
I made a huge mistake. My “easier way“of paying the bills had failed. The electricity had been turned off for nonpayment. I knew this without making one phone call, the house was warm and I absolutely could not remember the last time I paid the electricity bill or checked the mail. I had every intention of checking it the night before, but I was just too exhausted. Well, I back pedaled and checked the mail and right on top was the beautiful pink slip. I paid the bill and the electricity was on in about 45 minutes. The kids never missed a beat and my husband didn’t judge or blame me. Lesson(s) learned.
This one mistake taught me so many lessons:
1) Bills need to be paid on time every time (I KNOW this already). (This flub cost us an additional $52.95.)
2) Trust my instincts. (I had a feeling we had not paid the bill and a notice was in the mail, and I was right on both hunches.)
3) Take care of home first because no one else will. Life had grabbed a hold of my husband and I. My responsibilities at work were overflowing, the kids started a new school and needed paperwork completed and supplies purchased, my husband was sick again, and I had a ton of personal action items I “needed” to scratch off my to-do list.
I hit a brick wall, but I learned my lessons, reviewed our Household Financial Manual ,and refocused my priorities. A little stumble never hurt anyone. The real test is how fast you get up.