If life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. It’s a commonly used phrase to say, make the best out of a bad situation. Our life is anything but a bad situation. It’s a great situation and Amy and are always saying how much we love our crazy, blessed and chaotic life. Actually when we look at that statement, we instead see that it’s really a testament of stewardship.
Stewardship, making the most of what you got. It’s been a theme of our lives, likely sown into us as we lived, worked, ate, played and shopped in Belize. Amy and I LOVE to make the most of what we have, whether that’s the wood left over in the eaves of our garage from the previous home owners or the land that’s around our house. We’re maximizers at heart.
Our whole family has gotten into stewarding what we have. In addition to that, Amy is so passionate about helping families find margin in their finances and learning how to maximize what you’ve got. Stewardship – making the most of what you have.
Awhile back, we were at an Apple Festival and Amy signed up for a home food delivery service to come out and give their “pitch”. I asked after she signed up what she was doing and she said “They give you free food after the pitch.”’ So it comes time for the pitch and as it turns out, they actually cook the food in your oven and then it’s a taste test (not exactly what we were hoping for). However, we did get the left overs for lunch. The salesman asked “so what’s your monthly grocery bill.” Amy answered: $400 per month . His response was “for all of you,” and Amy said yes.
His heart sank. He knew that he couldn’t get his product services as low as our typical grocery budget. He knew we weren’t his best client. In fact, as someone formerly in sales, I was eating all of this up. I enjoyed the pitch, the salesmanship, the endearing himself to us and our way of life. It was great salesmanship. We left with let us review and then we will be in contact.
I got disappointed in the salesman because he never called back, never reached back out. He knew we weren’t buying and he didn’t waste his time on a cold case.
As you all know Amy doesn’t work. She doesn’t work for a variety of reasons but primarily it boils down to, desire to partner in ministry together and the blessings that is to our marriage and church and family choices.
Therefore, our budget is pretty fixed. Over time, and especially after living in Belize, we began to develop frugal habits and became passionate about sharing some of them with our friends.
We would hope over the next few months to share some of those frugal living habits with you all, our audience. As my mentor would tell me “Take the meat and throw away the bones.” The same applies here. Take what you want to apply to your life and don’t apply what you don’t want to. We hope our anecdotes, tricks and tips are as much entertaining and funny as they are practical. Our life is an adventure. Come on this #frugalliving adventure with us!
To get us started, I thought I would share a very recent #Frugal Living Story
I am bald well not bald my hair is receeding….far. In fact it looks pretty janky if I don’t’ keep it trimmed, really close, like I have to use the balding shears.
Anyway, since I can’t grow much hair on my head anymore I LOVE to have a beard (although it’s starting to get a bit more than speckled with gray hair). So I was in our bathroom and we keep the razors in a medicine cabinet that is over the toilet. And we have kids, who seem incapable of actually flushing the toilet and NEVER put the seat up / down or close the lid.
So it’s a morning I just got back from a run, quick shower, and trim the beard before a meeting out of the house. I see the razor needs to be changed, so I grab the new blade and it slips. And falls faster than a speeding bullet….all the way down into the toilet, with it’s water of a deep yellow hue….thanks to one of the boys.
So there I am needing to trim the beard. There’s another cleaner razor blade outside of the pee-filled toilet but there’s the brand new razor that’s just SITTING THERE in the boys’ pee. TAUNTING ME! What to do?! It may cause plumbing problems and it definitely is wasted money if I do nothing.
So I did what any self-respecting person who’s on a fixed budget would do. I plunged my hand in the toilet (filled with “yellow water” by the way), grabbed the blade, washed it off and it’s now on my razor! YUCK. ICK. GROSS. Sometimes #frugal living isn’t glamorous but it’s always the right price!