A few weeks ago, I read Emily M's post "A Different Tithing Story" over at Segullah, and it really hit me as something I needed to ponder in our current situation. We have been fasting and praying for Joel's class to get enough students enrolled in order to avoid cancellation. We are full tithe payers, and have many, many of those tender mercy stories Emily talks about in our history. But this time, I felt the Lord needed us to learn something different maybe, and the article at Segullah was a confirmation to my heart that this time things weren't going to work out just the way we'd hoped.
And indeed they haven't. We found out yesterday that Joel's class was cancelled. While we had still hoped that it wouldn't be, we both knew deep down that it wasn't going to happen and neither of us was surprised at the news.
So far, we have gone just about one month without a paycheck. And so far, we're doing all right. I think we're learning lessons in frugality beyond what we'd ever thought was necessary, and I thought I knew how to stretch a dollar pretty far!
So, in light of our current situation (which really isn't as bad as it sounds, I promise)(at least, it isn't right now)(talk to me in August), I am bringing back the Frugal Fridays. I always appreciate the tips others share on their blogs in how to be better stewards of our paychecks, so I thought I'd start sharing my own experiences again.
In Utah, I was a big couponer, but I haven't done it at all here. There are a few reasons for that, the biggest one being I have no idea how to get the national coupons since our local paper doesn't distribute them (if anyone knows please tell me...I've asked around to no avail!). So, since we moved here, I have instead just shopped at WalMart and hoped for the best. Which is really not the best way to save money on groceries.
So the past couple weeks I've been diligently looking through the ads of the other grocery stores we have here and Joel and I have been shopping with cash and a calculator. We have cut our food budget in half, and I know we can slash it further as we continue to build our food storage with the great deals.
Which is what I did yesterday.
For five dollars and seventy-six cents I was able to purchase:
3 lbs of butter (yes, real butter).
9 8oz packages of block cheese.
6 dozen eggs.
I had to do six separate transactions to get this deal, and sometimes that's not really convenient. But I do think it's worth it. Hopefully, that five dollars and change will be all our family needs in the dairy department for at least a month. Which I'm sure you understand is a really great deal.
And I know we'll still have those tender mercies happen for us this summer, because we always do. Just this morning, I got a phone call and now have a new vocal student. And I haven't even started advertising yet. I know the Lord will take care of us, but I also know that we have to prove that we are very willing to do whatever it takes to make ends meet.