1) Always pay our tithing, NO MATTER WHAT, along with a GENEROUS fast offering, and
2) Get out of debt.
Faith and command has kept us on the track with number 1, but we had luck on our side with number 2. No, we didn't win the lottery - we sold Melon Man's house at the height of the market. We were able to pay off any debt he had, along with all of my debt except my vehicle and my house. We ended up buying a new vehicle for me shortly after we got married, so that got us further into debt on that loan, but again, luckily he had a good paying job so we worked really hard to pay the debt down quickly. We were cruising along and were going to have a 7 year loan paid off in 4 years when a twist of fate hit us and his pay was cut in half. So, the paying down is going more slowly, but there have been some helps along the way such as refinancing for a lower rate, etc. We don't have much longer to go on it and that is great.
However, as of late, little miss Fatty Girl has bought a few too many cute things for the castle, we've had a few unexpected expenses arise, we began eating out too frequently again, and although we haven't gotten into debt again, we are a little less "comfortable" than before (not that we really were all that comfortable anyway, but...). So....
We are on a SPENDING MORATORIUM.
That's right. We have committed that we will not buy ANYTHING other than gasoline until November 21st. We will pay our normal living expenses during the month, but we will not spend any money on anything except gasoline. No trips to Real Deals. No trips to Home Depot or Holland Boone. NO eating out - not even a soda at Subway (one of Melon Man's dailies - they are only $0.50). No China Buffet, no Chen Wok, no Taco Bell, no Del Taco, no Chili's, Applebee's, Peter Piper, McDonald's, Burger King, IHOP, Village Inn, Denny's, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Macayo's, KFC, Barro's, Firebirds, Roberto's, Alberto's, Filiberto's, Fillippi's, Phil's, nada. Ouch.
Oh....and NO GROCERIES.
What?!?! No groceries? For a month? How will we survive? It's called Food Storage. Yep, we're gonna put it to the test. We're going to live off of our food storage for an entire month. We have all the canned and boxed food we've been buying this year and we have all of this....
Wait for it...wait for it...scroll down....ta-da!
I know we can do it. It will just require vigilance, dedication, and work. Bread - no problem. I'll have to get better at making it - Melon Man needs it everyday for his lunch (oooh...I gotta think of what he's gonna put on his bread for lunch!!!) Milk - got it in the pantry and we're gonna make it and drink it. Meat - have about 100 pounds of hamburger plus other assorted kinds of meat in the freezer. Maybe I'll even find that ham I bought a while back! Hopefully, this will help clean out that freezer a bit! Oh, and I guess I'll even have to really put that gorgeous stainless steel crockpot to use finally.
There are so many good couponing deals going on right now that it's sad that I can't participate, but the Lord has blessed us abundantly this year so I feel fortunate to be able to have what I have.