battling out the economy...

>> July 15, 2009

If you're like us, your pastoral family is feeling the tough financial times this year. My PH and I have sat over the family budget, trying to figure out what to cut and what to keep.

"If we get rid of the internet, we'll have more time together as a family and we'll save $65 a month!"

"But then, we can't pay our bills online, have to drive to the businesses or order checks and pay for stamps, and I (the PW) can't do work contracts online from home to make extra money. What if we got rid of your iPhone instead?"

Fine, keep the internet. And hubby states emphatically that his iPhone isn't going anywhere!

But we HAVE chopped our grocery budget, started planning our shopping trips to minimize unnecessary driving, and sold the second car to save on insurance and gas. We've cut our entertainment/eating out budget to zero except in emergencies.

You probably know how it goes.

So what are you doing to survive the economy? Have you gotten thriftier? Slashed some spending?

Do share your little secrets!

3 comments:

Sandra July 15, 2009 at 2:36 PM  

I'm with you on not eating out. And I now shop at CVS. It doesn't take much work to get great deals there!

Indy July 15, 2009 at 2:53 PM  

For some reason, the economy hasn't affected our family as much but what I can share is that many times when money's tight we're tempted to slash our giving (never tithing just blessing others) but my husband has never stopped this and I truly believe it is because of this that we have been so blessed financially.

We trust God 100% with our finances and know that his economy is the one that ultimately matters. So if I can accomplish anything by sharing this is that don't stop giving just because you want to save money, God is faithful and will take care of your needs and even your wants.

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