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I’ve really never liked the word “frugal.” I think its how it’s pronounced, but also because it sounds kind of mousey, but overlooking those points, and since practicing it, I love it! I don’t care how mousey it sounds, or even how uncool it sounds. I’ve been discovering the joy and abundance that handmade and frugal living brings…
Part of my motivation behind this series has been to keep up with rising taxes and inflation, but it has also come from a heart that wants to be a better steward of the money God has given us. I truly believe everything we have in this life (money, gifts, talents, house, possessions, children, ect..) doesn’t belong to us but to God; it’s been given to us to watch over and take care of.
It’s funny how blessing has been pouring out since being much more intentional, and determined with being a good steward of the money we’ve been given. Grace. It’s definitely from His grace. I had dabbled in frugality in the past, but this month has been different. I’ve been diving in head first. I’ve been experiencing joy in making more recipes at home to save money, financial peace by paying for most of our things in cash, and even discovered the joy of thrift shopping again. It’s so fun finding gems in the rough!
All of a sudden I feel like I’m “making” a lot more things by hand, and actually feel like a “homemaker.” Let’s face it, we live in a time when we really don’t have to make everything from scratch, or do things our self, but the more and more I’ve been doing it, the more I’ve been realizing how much better homemade is. Homemade cookies are better, homemade pizza is better, homemade granola bars are better…better for you, and you get more for your dollar. And it’s not like I never made things from scratch in the past, because I totally did, but now it seems like almost everything I’m making is (dressings, breads, doughs, snacks).
I use to feel kind of guilty when other people bragged about making everything from scratch. I mean really, the whole thing sounded exhausting, so I feel like I need to say this: don’t feel guilty if you don’t, because I still don’t and that’s most certainly not my intent, I’m simply coming from an honest perspective of how awesome homemade can be…and honestly, it hasn’t been as difficult as it appeared from the outside looking in.
I really believe the Lord is blessing us with abundance because we’ve chosen to honor him with this commodity, and homemade cooking means you get more for your dollar…so it truly is abundant living. I’m not sure how else we’ve been able to eat as well as we have (and even better) despite living on less.
My underlining goal that pushes me on in frugal living comes from a goal I wrote down at the beginning of this year: “I will take one pay check at a time in frugal living.” It encourages me to take it piece by piece, not letting my past mistakes of stewardship discourage me today (and I’ve made a lot them), but living today with my best effort and taking one paycheck at a time. I hope it might encourage you as well.
Keeping to the spirit of Make it Easy Monday, here are some no-kidding EASY changes I’ve made that I can’t believe I hadn’t tried sooner! Tired/busy-momma- proof, plus they taste better, are better for you and save lots of money.
Top three easy changes in minutes
I used the same recipe in the link below, but used instant oats, so I didnt have to bother with the roast, and grinding process. Also, I find I still need to add a tsp of sugar, but after that it tastes just like the box! I even add the water in like the box version.
Put abour 2tbs of kernels in a small bowl, and mix with a couple teaspoons each of oil, sugar, and salt. Heat on high, in a lunch bag (put on a plate), and pop from 1.15 min to 4 minutes. Keep your eye on it, and make sure it doesnt pop longer than 4 seconds in between.
I’ve been making this every sunday. Don’t let the small squares decieve you, they are hearty. I love this recipe! So versatile! You can switch it up every week if you wanted just by changing the add-ins.
I tried this a couple of times, and for some reason I’ve always had to leave it in the microwave for around 4 minutes, even though the instructions said 1.15min…so I guess it depends on your microwave.