Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Learning To Be More Frugal




Money doesn't grow on trees does it? Some would love if it did. I know my children would.

I think on of the greatest dangers for a Christian these days is the desire to have more material possessions. An article I recently read in The Instructor stated that "covetousness and devotion to God and no more exist together than fire and water". How true it is! (see Luke 12:15)

One definition for covetousness is "a greedy desire to have more." It is not sinful to desire some material possession, but covetousness is an unlawful desire to have things for one's own self. It is a form of selfishness. It is a sin of the flesh. Covetousness is evident not just in ones improper desire to obtain more, but by the imprudent usage of that which is obtained.

A good steward will not be covetous but will be a good manager of household affairs. As a homemaker I believe this to be one of my greatest challenges. If I am to be a good stewards of what God has blessed me with then I must be frugal. What does being frugal really mean? Here is the definition below according to dictionary.com

Adjective-
1.economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful: a frugal manager.

2.entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty: a frugal meal.

Personally I have not always tried to be a very frugal person, it is something I have to work hard to be good at. Now don't get me wrong, I have never been a big spender and I grew up learning from some very frugal parents! In fact my parents grew up in the 40's and 50's when no one really had much and frugal living was a way of life for everyone.

Now that the economy is making normal life more difficult for some of us I thought I would post a few things on being frugal. I would love if some of you can post in the comments your own frugal tips to share. I can use a lot of help in the area.


Here are some things I do to be a better steward of God's blessings:

1. When weather permits I hang towels on the close line

2. Hang up clothes to dry even if you just short their time in the dryer and hand them when damp.

3. Make your laundry soap.

4. Make your own window cleaner

These are really some very simple and basic ways to save on spending. I'm sure most of you already know these things, I am hoping to add to this list in the future with other post. I hope some of you will leave a comment about what you do to be good stewards too.

2 comments:

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Hi Brandi,
Being better stewards of our blessings has been one of our goals for the past 2 years as well. We are doing many of the same things that you are. We make our own laundry soap and general cleaner and soft scrub that we use for showers, sinks and toilets. I hang clothes on the line and really love it!

I have some recipes to our cleaners in my sidebar ~ I don't think I've posted the soft scrub yet but hope to do that.

Another thing we just started was to buy the foam soap dispensers. Then you take 1 or 2 tsps of the bottled handsoap and mix with water to make your own foam. A large bottle of handsoap from Walmart can last an entire year. It is a really money saver.

Oh I'm just rattling on too much, but I look forward to learn from what you're doing too.

Christmas blessings,
Lea

Jill said...

Love Potato soup!