Daniel and I by no means ever rolled in dough, but I must say when we lived in San Diego, we didn’t have to live as frugally as we do now. (We’ve always lived on a budget, but this season is different.) Before Zane, we lived on two incomes for two years post my graduate studies and since Zane, we’ve mostly lived on Daniel’s income with a few random income from my previous per diem work. Yes, we had to tighten our budget once I became a stay-at-home mom, but nothing like what we are doing these days. Now, with Daniel building his property management business, let’s just say we are living on a very slim budget. One that I struggle with sometimes when I want our family consuming organic or hormone-free meats, fresh produce, and healthier snacks and drinks. Then add having to rebuild our supply here of miscellaneous items for the house and ourselves and that complicates everything. As I describe our situation in which we placed ourselves in, I must add that we are fully aware of the sacrifices that need to happen to set us up for future success. This is temporary living. Of course I dream of the day to give even more generously, buy healthier groceries, go clothes shopping for kicks, and most of all, not think twice about spending (within reason)! But in the interim, this new season of life is helping to discipline me, have more faith, and be more creative! There’s always an upside to life’s challenges.
>>Discipline: I have to prioritize my spending and desires. What groceries take precedent this week? What can I buy organically grown or conventionally grown? Which store has good prices for quality items? How do I stop my temptation from wanting to grab take-out food while I’m out? I especially love treating myself to a specialty food item (anchovies stuffed olives so some weeks I get it, while other weeks I have to hold off. No such thing as instant gratification these days!
>>Faith: God always provides. And this is the best time to witness His work and to show others how at peace we are about it. We have received at various times money either for holidays, birthdays, etc. which really help with buying items for Zane, our home, and self-care for ourselves. And free babysitting! That’s always a blessing for date nights and doctor visits. He always provides enough.
>>Creativity: Now that I can’t buy every food item or thing I want, I go about exploring how to make it myself. For example, I finally made sushi! So now I don’t desire to have it out and about as much. This is the same with making fruit and veggie smoothies. Also, I’m excited to learn more about essential oils and how to use it to remedy our ailments, build our immunities, and clean our house. I’ll try making my own sanitizers and cleaners soon! This saves us money and is healthier! Zane and I visit the library more for borrowed books and DVDs, and attend a lot of free reading and arts sessions. We even got selected for five free swim lessons I heard about from a friend. So it’s all about being creative and resourceful with what access I have and growing in the area of do-it-yourself.
So I, and others, can look at our situation, and see the downsides of it, but I’m thankful we are going through it because we are growing heaps while experiencing it.