We've always been in a rut financially. We would either be living paycheck to paycheck between the two of us, or just barely squeaking by. I know I've ranted a few times about it.
Things are starting to look a lot better these days. His rate of pay just changed (going from hourly rate to salary) so he's guaranteed a paycheck even when things slow down (as they do at times in the oil field business). We even figured out that with a good paycheck, we can easily pay off one of our large credit card bills (we have two, excluding our student loans) with just one (and still have money left over for our other bills, etc).
It'll be a relief because that will be one step closer to being able to refinance our house and to finally buy a new vehicle, plus have an electrician come in to redo the wiring as well as get the repairs done on our bathrooms, etc etc (not saying this is the order things will be done, just listing, LOL).
I wonder if DH would object to me hiring a housekeeper. I suck, LOL.