When Shawna shared her story a few weeks ago, it occurred to me that I hadn’t really shared mine. I talk about my life all the time but, other than mentioning that we are on a very tight budget and offering money-saving tips, I don’t talk about finances very often. So, on this Frugal Friday, I thought I’d share a little of our story.
In 2012, my husband and I had a combined gross income of $5098.00. That’s more than we made in 2011. Because of the way our former employer payed us (as contractors instead of employees), we’ve never been able to collect unemployment.
Very literally, we have survived on the grace of God and the kindness of others.
We have rationed things like soap and toothpaste, and gone without many of things I used to consider “needs.” Long gone are the days when I could drop money on things like conditioner or moisturizer or fabric softener. Once I wrapped my mind around the fact that we could live without them, We have survived just fine.
There are plenty of awesome things about our life! But finances have been one of our greatest struggles, and it has forced me to get creative. That’s how Frugal Friday began!
When I look for a frugal solution for something, it’s not so much about cutting our costs. It’s about, just simply not having money to spend. I scour the internet, looking for homemade versions of things we can’t afford. And, more often than not, I find them!
I don’t say any of this for pity or sympathy. I actually hope it’s encouraging to you. If you’re worried about finances or the money just isn’t stretching as far as it needs to, I UNDERSTAND. And I would challenge you to use that energy that is typically spent on worrying on looking for creative solutions instead. That shift in thinking has helped me a ton! When I can find a way to make something for a small fraction of what it would cost to buy it, I feel empowered – in this situation that frequently has left me feeling helpless and scared.
So, that’s my story about frugal living! If you’d like to do a guest post on an upcoming Friday, let me know. I’d love to have your voice. Hey, we’re all in this together!
Ok, now I’m going to try another link-up. Do you have a post or a pin about Frugal Living? If you do, I would LOVE to check it out!! Scroll down, click on “add your link” and it will give you the rest of the instructions. I’d be particularly grateful for links to natural face moisturizer recipes. Now that I’m running in the cold, the dry skin is a beast!!
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and that you have a relaxing weekend ahead.