I got a check in the mail today. It couldn't have come at a better time.
Well, unless it had come yesterday. Or any time in the past week, really.
It was the first of at least three checks we expect to receive over the next several weeks after deciding to liquidate some investments from previous employers. It doesn't total much, but it is enough to give us a little boost and have some cash in the bank. While it does eliminate the possibly of future earnings off of those investments, we feel better knowing that we have quick access to some cash. A beefed-up emergency fund does a lot for my peace of mind after a year of not knowing when the next paycheck might be the last for a while.
Once we have some debts paid off (OK, all of our debts except the house paid off) we will focus on throwing money back into investments. I am confident we will have no problem making up for lost time. In the meantime I am more concerned about having a savings account with enough money in it to keep the roof over our heads, the lights and heat on, and food in our bellies for several months.
Sure, I want us to be able to eat in our old age, too, but we gotta' make it there first.