I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that most American families have been impacted by the recent economic downturn. Some of us have felt the impact more than others, but I would imagine that no matter where you find yourself on the spectrum, you could always use a tip or two to help you save a buck or two.
Since moving from city life to the country life 8 years ago, I have learned to be much more self-sufficient around the home simply because I don’t have the city conveniences around me. While this has taught me many valuable skills, it has also shown me how much money can be saved when we put forth a little (or a lot!) more effort.
Our income has been drastically reduced over the last few years, and we thought money was tight before! Due to the fact that jobs are scarce, many of us are realizing that the time we spend in the home making what income we do have go farther can be just as valuable, monetarily, as having a job outside of the home.
I have heard it said that we don’t always need more income, but we need to learn to do more with the income we already have. It is my goal on this blog to show you some practical ways to do just that. Some of my suggestions will be easy and quick while others will be more difficult or time consuming. I like to think that I make a career out of stretching my husband’s income, so while I do spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, do not feel as though you need to do everything that I do to be successful.
Pick and choose the ideas that work for you and your family and leave the rest. Please don’t feel overwhelmed if some of us never buy a bread product from the store, but you choose not to make homemade hamburger buns or tortillas. This is not a one-sized-fits-all approach. I am just sharing what works for our family in hopes that it will inspire you to create a bit of financial relief in your own home. I hope that this site will be a blessing to you and yours as you learn to live an abundant life while living on less.
Perhaps, however, you have plenty of income and struggling financially is not an issue for you. If that is the case, I hope you consider yourself truly blessed. That doesn’t mean, though, that you cannot be benefited by thinking about how to make the most of what you do have.
Perhaps you have some financial goals in mind; paying off your mortgage, sending the kids to college, or taking that trip you have always dreamed of. Stewardship is something that I believe all income levels should spend some time thinking about.
Sometimes it is a matter of reducing your consumption so that you can take better care of the planet. Perhaps you can financially support your favorite missionary or children in poverty with the money you save. There are many reasons for taking care with how we spend what we earn. For my family, we realize that all that we have has been given to us by God. We want Him to be pleased with the way we use the resources He has granted us.
Whatever the reason that motivates you, I hope that you will find helpful information on this site. Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I hope that you will become a frequent visitor.
Let us resolve to focus on our overflowing cups!
What do you think? In what ways do you practice stewardship?