Once we are home and have unpacked all of our day (sacks of clothes & food, toilet paper, coolers of hopefully still frozen/cold items, diapers, etc), we start making the list for the next trip. We start our food consumption by what may spoil first - fresh fruits and veggies. I have learned to make bread and I enjoy it. We cross the meals off the list as they are prepared, knowing that just around the corner we'll be making another trip.
Another challenge - toting a 17-month-old around all day, usually skipping the afternoon nap. However, the 2 1/2 hour drive to the "big city" of Midland and the 2 1/2 hour drive back do provide for some great napping time!
And then there is the 640 sq. ft. house we live in. We are from Colorado, but with my husband's job, we moved to Texas and we are waiting for our condo in Colorado to sell. In the meantime we are renting a cute little "cabin" as we like to call it. What is key here is organization - something my husband is wonderful at. We do not have very much room for food storage (or any storage in general), so we cannot stock up on extras. Hence, the bookshelf that acts as our pantry, along with the top of our fridge. That same bookshelf holds our bathroom towels! Again, meal planning (and planning in general) is essential.
With around 900 others in our town, you can usually find someone headed to the store when you cannot. So we borrow and repay often. And we pick up items for others, as they do for us when they are in town.
Next step to tackle is finding and using coupons as our days in the "big city" are expensive!
We thank God for where he has placed us, challenges and all. No, we don't have a hospital or a grocery store or a clothing store, but we are content. And we are determined to serve the Lord here in Southwest Texas. Without Him, we would be lost! He supplies for all of our needs. What a great God we serve!"
Sharon obviously has a heart for using her family's resources wisely, despite geographic challenges. Wherever you are in your budgeting (or location), I believe God will bless your efforts when you purpose to use your money for His glory and His Kingdom.
Do you live in an isolated setting? What are some ways you shop frugally?