Fun Projects and Encouraging Links

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Mar 292011
 

If you know me, you know I adore the practical. So I am sharing just a few inspirational spots I’ve been fortunate to stumble upon:

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Nov 122010
 

I first introduced you to Heidi when she shared her Habit of Using Coupons. She’s back, this time sharing her coupon binder. Not only that, she’s started blogging herself at Heidi’s Miscellany! Welcome back, Heidi…

One of the things that keeps many people from couponing is the clipping and sorting and organizing.  I admit that without the right system in place it can become very overwhelming and take up more time than the savings is worth!  I have found a way that works for me and takes minimal time!  So, you might ask…How do you organize your coupons?

Click over to Heidi’s Miscellany for the remainder of her article…

Aug 202010
 

Heidi is a friend of my heart. We share many common interests. We homeschool together, attend the same church, have taught children’s choir together. Even our children match in ages – and are best of friends. Plus, we love to save money. May I introduce to you the one everyone admiringly calls…

The Coupon Queen.

I am blessed to be able to share with you what I have learned about saving money because I believe that as Christians, we should be wise spenders. Everything we have is a gift from God and how we spend our money should honor Him. We need to take control of our money. Being good stewards requires us to plan ahead and make good choices in how we use the gifts God has given us and being responsible with those gifts will be pleasing to Him.

Proverbs 27:23-24 says “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.”
Luke 16:10 says “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much”.

Like many homeschool families, my family struggles to make finances work on a single income and at times it can be is very difficult. As a family of five, I was budgeting over $200 a week on groceries, that is over 25% of my family’s total income. I was willing to try anything to help my family save money. A little over a year ago I was introduced to a new way of saving money, an idea that would change my family’s finances and prepare us for even the most difficult financial times. After 12 months of using this “new” system, on average I spend less than $70 every week on groceries and have a stockpile built up that can provide for my family for a month. Couponing has made a huge financial impact on my family and the blessing of security and peace that comes along with it is priceless.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:12-13 Continue reading »

Apr 292010
 

It’s that time again…time to make the meal plan, grocery list and do the shopping.  I am so glad to have a new tool at my disposal to help with this!

If you missed the original post in the series, you can catch up here, but you don’t need to.

In the original post, I shared my coupon system and mentioned that one day I might upgrade to a binder system.  Well, I finally caved and invested in a binder to keep track of my coupons.

Wally - the binder model

You might already be doing this, if so keep reading and share your insights at the end.  If not, maybe this is something that will help speed up a necessary, but often time-consuming task.  Here’s a quick run-down for you:

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Nov 052009
 

I’ve gone back and forth with myself on what to post for this portion on purchasing your groceries.  With the coupon craze full steam ahead and the availability of information on the web about  how to get the best deals at an all-time high, I felt like I wanted to write a disclaimer before I detailed what I do to save money.  I came across two things that summed up how I was feeling.  First, an article on a website that ,ironically,specializes in couponing, entitled Extreme Couponing 101: Burnout. It had some words of wisdom to offer about obsessing over coupons.  Check it out, after you read this, of course :)

The second was an article in my planner by John Piper which contained this quote ~ “Use means, but don’t trust in means.  Trust in God.” I think sometimes we are in danger of thinking it is entirely up to us to provide food and other products for our family and we forget who is ultimately responsible for our provision. Matthew 6 urges us ~

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? …

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

So, while I don’t feel like there is anything wrong with using coupons to be good stewards of the money God has given us, I need to remember that they are merely tools. Ultimately it is God who provides all that we need and He does an infinitely better job than I ever could.

Phew! Okay, I feel better. We now return to your regularly scheduled post!

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