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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


If I could make my brain type.

I write the best blog posts in the moments right before I fall asleep. Really, I do. I don’t think anyone can succeed if their best work happens in their head, right?

Maybe I’ll get back to the one I was thinking of last night, it had spoons and bread and bed partners… I know! Riveting.

Clay told me he likes my narrative posts much better than the photo journal blips. I think I whined a lot about how hard it is to write a good post because I get interrupted so many times, for I’m a very important person with lots of people wanting me to wipe their butts and feed them processed food. Geesh, the pressure.

We went out to eat last night, like on a date. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a date, you know, because we are now the most frugal people on the planet. Which reminds me, I need to tell you how we’re doing on the whole debt payment shindig and that means I’m going to start bullet pointing.

– We haven’t used a credit card for over six months.

– The hardest thing I’ve found is to keep us fed. It’s a huge temptation to go out to eat after sports and after church or go get a treat after school. It’s a pain, but we save a lot of money not eating convenience foods.

-I’m personally challenging myself not to buy any new clothes until my birthday, which is in April, hence the name. Right after I made this decision the strap on my favorite bra disintegrated right off my shoulder. So, I’m down to two bras for the next five months. Not pretty.

-Other people bust my budget. It’s something I’m struggling with. It’s hard to plan for other people asking the kids to go do something or being asked to contribute to this gift and that gift. This month we’re adding a category to our budget for this purpose and hopefully it will help.

-No. No. No. It’s a little word, but I use it a lot.

-We’re taking Dave Ramsey’s class, Financial Peace University, it’s very helpful and has kept us motivated. Especially Clay, I’ve never seen him so determined or excited about our financial well being.

-Levi can’t say Dave. He calls it our Damn Ramsey class.

-There are days when I call it our Damn Ramsey class.

-I can say Dave just fine.

-Christmas is coming. We need a good plan. I’ve got everyone taken care of except my children.

-I can’t write what I want to do for them because they read my blog.

-Damn Ramsey says, “Christmas is a craft”. I’m going to be giving food gifts to teachers, like our jams, breads. pork and eggs. I just read how to make homemade vanilla here. How fun is that? I would love to get that as a gift. It’s on my to do list.

Now, who’s got a great money saving tip or idea to share? Post them in my comments or leave us a link to your blog and write us a post.

I love using our library for entertainment. We no longer use Blockbuster or Netflix. We love movies, so this has saved us a lot of money and forced us to watch some great classics.

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