In order to facilitate my staying home with the kids part-time and homeschooling, we’ve tightened our budget and have found there are many ways to save money. Saving money also happens to be Earth-friendly and health-friendly in many instances! It also causes a re-examining of priorities, which in turn leads to emotional, mental, and spiritual renewal.
Some wise habits I have collected from my grandparents, who lived in the depression-era and were quite poor financially, but very wise in their money management. I don’t know how many times I was told “Waste Not – Want Not” (if you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance, you will never be in need). Of note is that they were all abundantly rich in heart – what they lacked in money, they made up for in love and generosity. Other tips I’ve picked up along the way; I hope you find some of them useful!
Nifty Thrifty Tips:
- Frugal Living Basics – Feeling Thrifty!
- The Art of Returns
- Saving Money Through Contests and Coupons
- Appliances – Reduce Use and Maintain Regularly
Flylady.net – Are you living in CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome)?
Becoming Minimalist – Never underestimate the importance of removing stuff you don’t need.
Keeper of the Home – A great resource for natural, healthy living and Christian homemaking.
I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.
(Philippians 4:11-13 ESV)