Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thriftology Thursday--POP QUIZ!!!!!!

October 3, 2013

Alright, folks, get out your pencils and paper--we are havin' a POP QUIZ!

Don't panic, it's only one question, but it IS an essay.

Are you ready?

Here's the question.

WHY?

Huh?

Why?

Yep--

Why?

Why do you want to be frugal? Why do you want to save money? Why do you want to avoid spendin' money?

Simple question...

HARD answer.

But ya gotta figure out the answer for YOU and YOUR family, before you can truly begin the journey into Thriftology. You gotta know the WHY of  the thing before you can figure out the best HOW to do it.

There are all kinds of good WHYS to live frugally.

You want to be a good steward of what God has placed in your care, be it money, food, time, people, etc. You want to be able to give more to church, missions, food banks, so on.

Maybe you're a mom who wants to be a stay at home mother, but you think your family can't afford to let you quit your job. Or maybe you're like my mom was--single and doin' your best to raise a child by yourself. Maybe you're even a dad who wants to be able to take off at times to be with your family when something big is happenin', but right now you can't, 'cause you have no cushion to cover the hours lost due to takin' off early.

Are you wantin' to save up for a big purchase, like a home of your own? A family vacation? A mission trip? How about just bein' able to fix up your home to make it more 'stay-at-home-able' (is that a word? It should be!)? Even something as simple as havin' a fund in case you need a car repaired or the water heater blows up, is a good thing.

In my family's case--we enjoy bein' able to take trips with church groups, donate time and money to various charities (St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Local Food and Clothing Banks, so on), do trail rides, attend concerts of our favorite singers, buy music, movies and books, and of course, bein' able for the Redneck to take off when he needs to for many of these things is nice. I don't work outside the home, however, I do have a small cottage business on our property that allows me to do what I love and earn income without havin' to drive or be away from home for long periods of time, and it allows me to not have to place my son into an adult daycare facility.

I also find bein' thifty a great way to indulge my creative side--trust me, when you open the pantry and all you find is frozen trout, a jar of peanut butter and a bottle of soy sauce--YOU GET CREATIVE. (Yes, it actually happened many years ago. The result was surprisingly pretty good)

See what I'm sayin'? If you understand WHY you want to be a Thriftologist, you will find it much easier to make the choices you need in order to save money, and many times even EARN a little money, to help you achieve your goals.

So this week, sit down with your pad and pencil, and start to list the reasons why you want to save money. And when you are done--PLEASE, post a comment below and tell us why you are walkin' the path of Thriftology. I'd love to see what others use as a motivation.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

 

1 comment:

  1. My husband and I are frugal for several reasons. One reason is that we have to be. We have to live off of our incomes and that requires us to be frugal. Even if we had money in abundance, though, we'd still choose to be frugal. This is because we believe in being good stewards of all the gifts God has given us, including our incomes.

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