Saturday, January 16, 2016

Life hack: Extend the life of your kids' dress shoes!

I'm probably not the first person to come up with this, but since I did indeed come up with it without seeing it done by anyone else first, I'm claiming it as my own little "life hack." :)

My children tend to be rough on their shoes. I'm sure this is a common problem! If your little one has black dress shoes that are scuffed, here's a little trick I've discovered to make those shoes appear newer and nicer.

Take a black permanent marker and simply color in the scuff marks... Voila! That's it! You may need to reapply the marker after several more wears. I guess I've perfected this skill during my year of not buying clothes/shoes.

So there you have it, a simple way to extend the life of your little ones' shoes and "make do" with what you have. Besides, they'll probably outgrow their shoes quicker than it's worth to buy a whole brand new pair!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

$0 Clothing Budget for 2015 is coming to a close!

A year ago, I made a big, crazy Fru-Gal resolution to spend $0 on clothes in 2015... the year has already gone by and I'm sure you're interested in how we managed. So did we make it all year without buying clothes for our family of five?

Yes and no... we managed to not spend any money on clothes this year out of our normal clothing budget, but we did buy some items with gift money (birthdays, holidays). That was a lifesaver with the kids... there were some unforeseen expenditures such as school uniforms or shoes that got outgrown too quickly and so on.

Personally, I think I could have gone all year without spending money on myself quite easily, but the kids were more of a challenge. 

I've learned throughout the year that I can, more often than not, get by with what we have instead of buying things just because they were a good deal or I thought we "needed" them or I had an urge to shop. It also allowed me to trust in God and see His provision in so many ways.

To be truthful, I'm looking forward to being able to shop and spend money on clothes and not having to worry about how much we have in gift money reserves. However, I'm also hopeful and a little more prepared to curb the unnecessary purchases as much as possible. 

How are you doing on your frugal living journey? I don't have any big, crazy frugal resolution for 2016 but I do hope to find new, bigger ways to live a generous life. Thanks for joining me in the journey!

Frugal living for the grace of giving. 

From our family to yours, God bless you in 2016.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

My morning cup

I came across this verse and it really struck me. When we oppress the poor man, we insult not him alone, but the God who made him. If we fear the Lord as we should, that should cause us to pause. And not only pause, but align our lives in obedience. 

May we be generous to our neighbors in need this Christmas season and all through the year. May we live generous lives as an act of gratitude and obedience to the Lord, for we have so much to be thankful for here in the United States.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

My morning cup

Written to the exiles in Babylon. Even in adversity, seek the welfare of your enemies for it is your welfare, too.