What did we not pay? Where did I mess up? What is wrong? Racer was like “Extra money!!” He wanted to allocate it right away and I wanted to figure out what went wrong.
So, then the wrestle comes. How do I manage my money, my time and my physical self in a way that is pleasing to God and still keeps me on track for the goals our family has? How do I balance the need for exercise with the need to save money?
For me, being frugal isn’t being “cheap,” but instead is about saving money where and when I can so that I can give more to others and use the resources of this earth in the kindest way possible. It’s not about “saving the earth,” but it is more about ending unnecessary use of “new things” and making do with things that are already produced.
And no matter what your income is, how tight the budget stretches, how much debt you are paying off, or how overwhelming your financial situation may be, your home can be a place of love, because that is all about attitude.
You know the funniest thing about budgeting together? It’s helped us dream together. When we have to talk about money for now together, we get to ask the question “Why?” together.
But sometimes, that desire for more crowds out contentment. Sometimes, the envy of others crowds out the gratitude. Sometimes, the view of what I don’t have crowds out the view of what I do have.
In my search for contentment and good stewardship, I’m always on the lookout for people who have pursued simplicity and less consumerism. When I was perusing the shelves of my local library (one way I can read voraciously without spending), I saw this book and picked it up on a whim. Immediately, I was drawn toContinue reading “Not Buying It!”
I just finished reading Enough by Adam Hamilton. It’s a basic book about giving and living a financial life that pleases God. I’ll admit, I read through it pretty fast. There are good points and important principles for managing finances in a way that aligns with biblical teaching. Each chapter has some great questions to helpContinue reading “Enough”
This year, I set a goal of making gifts for people for special occasions. A couple of years ago, my mom had taught me a simple crochet pattern and how to follow a written pattern for other items. Since I was still in graduate school, I didn’t really have time to do much crocheting. ButContinue reading “Crocheting with Dave”
Today, I felt very much like a domestic diva! I was the queen of the castle, caring for my children while utilizing the resources I had in an efficient and effective way. In an effort to be frugal and “use it up and wear it out,” I dyed some clothes for the first time. ProfessorContinue reading “Today I Dyed”