I’ve been working so hard with my husband to smooth out our lives. I feel like our entire relationship has consisted of highly tumultuous times, requiring us to constantly put out small fires. We are never proactive in our household responsibilities or large expenses; rather, we are always reactive when something comes up as a total surprise. That’s why I’m working extra hard this new year to establish intelligent purchasing procedures and save us money over time. For instance, rather than waiting until our furnace breaks down one miserably cold winter day, I’ve already scheduled several appointments for routine inspection and service of our entire central heating and cooling system. To continue this trend, I’ve been diligently lecturing my husband on buying things in bulk before we need them. If we always have extra on hand, we won’t need to splurge in an emergency, I’ve told him. Well, based on the shipment of air filters we just received, it appears as though he’s actually been listening. You see, one of the items I was concerned about with our professional HVAC service coming up was our backstock of air filters for the furnace and AC systems, or lack thereof. I knew that the HVAC technician might try to upcharge us for changing out the air filter and providing a new, specialized air filter, to boot. I mentioned this fear to my man, not expecting him to take much initiative. Afterwards, I got online to purchase the air filters in bulk myself shortly thereafter. Well, apparently he was listening and also ordered the ventilation filters in bulk that day…. today we received 96 new air filters in the mail. Looks like we’re set for a while.