so i started this post and felt the need to erase it because it was beginning to sound like a soap box. and that's not what i want this to be. i want it to be an encouragement with perhaps a touch of exhortation.
so i begin again...
think about the many things out there that can save money for a family. specifically, the ones you make excuses for not doing.
some examples of money saving tasks...
- sewing (not necessarily whole outfits, but patching, tailoring, mending, etc)
- coupon clipping
- gardening (or container gardening)
- walking/biking more (ok, some are limited on this one depending on where they live)
- meal planning
- fill in the bank _________________
some examples of excuses for not doing these things...
- i don't have the patience (i hear this a lot about coupon clipping and sewing)
- i'm forgetful (coupons & meal planning)
- i'm not good at it (gardening, sewing)
- i don't have the time (nearly everything listed)
- i just don't enjoy it (sewing, gardening)
- fill in your own excuses ____________________________
doesn't our list of excuses seem a little silly when we really think about it? after all, i could apply all of these excuses to cleaning my house and changing diapers, but i still do it. why? because it's honoring to my Savior & it's good for my family.
i don't know where you live, or what you do with your time. all i know is there are a lot of money saving ideas that go by the wayside due to our excuses, when some of them would be good for our family (even if it's just a family of 1). we simply have to put a little work into learning it, getting into the groove.
read Proverbs_31:10-31 (note: this chapter is for single women, too)
don't think you have to do all of that, line for line. but, look at how productive she is. see how she works in many different ways to take care of her family?
now, apply that to your life. remember, it is between you and the Lord how you spend your time and money. remember to balance your time, there are times when it is worth it to pay for the convenience of something. i'm sure we can all thinks of some times like that. and let me repeat, it's between you and the Lord as to where you draw that line.
but... as always, let me be blunt...
* is there some money saving task that i've been avoiding because its not my cup of tea? *
* do i really have a good excuse for it, or am i just being a little lazy?*
* would it be a good example to my family if i began doing this? *
* is there something money wise that my husband would like me to start doing that i've been putting off because i don't want to do it? *