This How to Use Your Kitchen to Save for a Sunny Day! article is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Suntrust. Opinions and text are all mine. #mysunnyday
When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was working crazy hours as an associate at a law firm and my husband had just been downsized. I knew I wanted to stay at home with my kids, so the scramble began immediately to figure out how on earth we could make it work. ("Dear Google, Can I afford to be a parent?"). I began taking inventory of what we spent and saved like crazy. My husband started to expand his small business and also enrolled in the engineering program at our local university. We figured out that it would be tight, but we could make it work. Thankfully we had saved for a rainy day.
I didn't realize until after the baby came, that we hadn't thought about saving for a sunny day. What is a Sunny Day? It’s the feeling of optimism, confidence, and control around your money. It’s a moment in life when a goal or aspiration becomes a reality. For me, it was the ability to take my kids out to lunch occasionally, or have annual passes to our local zoo. Being able to afford these things gave me sunny days, and unfortunately while I had planned for the stuff like mortgage and insurance, I didn't consider how important sunny days are too.
Since then, I have become a master of saving for sunny days, and thanks to careful, mindful spending and saving, our sunny days just keep getting better. I have lots of tricks - as one girlfriend says, I could probably get a rock to bleed money, but here are my favorite kitchen savers!