Friday, February 1, 2008

Let the Budget Begin!!!

So, as the first day of the first budgeted month, we begin a new chapter in our live...a chapter of saving. At first I was not at all thrilled with this budget, but I knew it had to happen; however, I read an article this morning about a couple who retired at the age of 40!!! How? They lived a frugal life, saved wherever they could, and learned how to exist within their means! This mom and dad are there to cook a hot breakfast for their 3 children every morning and they greet them as soon as they jump off the school bus every afternoon. So the Lord really convicted me of how Brant and I live. We both drive decent vehicles (although I am begging for a new one), have a great 1800 sqft. house, have nice clothes, good food on the table, and we eat out A LOT and I shop A LOT!

Well it's no secret that I hope to either only work part time once we have children, or work from home. If that happens, which I pray it will, our income will be reduced drastically. So, I asked myself this question...If we can't live within our means now, how could we ever do it with a smaller income? So, I began my search into living frugally. And I just thought I would share a few website with you that helped me see small things I can change but that have a huge impact.

http://www.frugalliving.com/
http://frugal.families.com/blog/
http://www.couponmom.com/
http://www.budget101.com/

Call me crazy, but I am actually looking forward to how much money we can save! Call it a SAVINGS GAME!!!

5 comments:

Caroline said...

I LOVE YOUR NEW BACKGROUND!!! looks great.

Kelly said...

Thanks for your comment! Congratulations on 6 months of marriage! This can be the best and worst of times! :-) But it only gets better!!!!!

Heidi @ GGIP said...

It's always good to start saving early. I blogged a couple weeks ago about my plan to save a certain amount of money every month. We did this informally before I quit my job to stay home, but thinking back, we could have saved a lot more if we just had been more frugal.

Good luck!

Jennifer said...

I came across your blog. You can also try www.thegrocerygame.com. I love that website and use it weekly to do my shopping.

Krystal said...

I love the websites! I totally wish I was a coupon queen! You can teach me!

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