I admire people that use Envelope System, by Dave Ramsey. Only giving themselves an allotted amount of cash to spend each month, and when it’s gone it’s gone!!! I keep wanting to try it and I have to a certain point. One day I will do it all the way.:) I am staying under my Hubby’s authority, when it comes to this. I also struggle with knowing what to do when a good sale comes along and it’s a really good time to stock up!!! For example, last week Walgreens had a really good deal on Huggies diapers, and with 2 boys in diapers it takes a lot to keep them in supply. I spent an average of $2/$3 a pack!!! How could I NOT stock up?!?!?!?! I had my Mom and my Mother in law print coupons on their printers as I can only print 2 coupons per printer.
I have been learning to live within my means… and one fast way to learn is to have milk prices hit rock bottom less then a year after buying a farm!! I am still learning to have contentment in my heart. I have plenty, I live in a warm house, have lots to eat, warm clothes to wear, a vehicle to drive… and the list could go on. Is my house perfectly decorated?? No, but we have beds to sleep in, a table to eat at and a couch to sit on. (Plus LOTS of other things!!!) Sure there are the little things I’d love to add, to make the look I want, look complete. But will it make me any happier?? Probably not!! And I’ve learned if I have to save up for it, I appreciate it much more then if I just go out and buy what I want, when I want it.
And I’ve learned to accept my husbands answers when I ask about buying certain things… There have been times when I’ll ask him about buying something-a bigger dollar item, and his first response is, ‘Do we really need it?’ But we’ll keep talking and I will keep wiggling it around and finally get a begrudging affirmative to get it. But soon after I get home, I get the feeling that it was not right. And if I want to take it back, my hubby won’t let me. So now every time I look at it, I am reminded of stepping outside his will. And I come to actually loath the very thing I thought we really needed!!!
I am coming to appreciate those little reminders in life. How ever crude they are. I am thankful for a Hubby that lets me make mistakes, and helps me learn. But most of all I am thankful for a God who loves me and teaches me things in ways I understand.