In May 2009 my husband lost his job. (Like so many others.) He was layed off from a job that he loved. A job that he was very good at and one that looked to be promising; career-wise. It was a real blow to us. So unexpected.
We immediately put our house up for sale. (We had moved there specifically for the job.) We started purging and had a yard sale. We started scouring the Internet for jobs. It was a tight market and a difficult time.
God blessed us with our house selling within a little over 3 months. It was truly God. We lived in the middle of rural Kentucky with about 7 houses for sale in a two mile stretch. We also got a fair price!
We had no job to go to at this time. We put most things in storage and some stuff with our parents. Meanwhile my husband continued to look for a job. He had an interview in Kansas and one in North Carolina. He was blessed with the job in North Carolina. That is the short, very condensed story of how we ended up here.
We are living on less money and still recovering from moving expenses among other things. Needless to say, we try to cut corners on things and live more frugally than ever before. I have always used coupons and tried to be frugal but now it is more necessary.
We have learned so much during this time. We've grown closer as a family. We better appreciate the things we have. We've tried to teach our kids to be thankful for what we have and the blessings that God has given us.
I play the coupon game at CVS, Walgreens and Target. I love Aldi and it is only 2 miles from my house! I have stocked up on some nice little surprises for my kids and saved us quite a bit of money. It does take time and sometimes I don't do all that great and other times I hit a home run! It all helps though. I am learning daily to be a better steward of the things God has blessed my family with.
Below are some of my favorite saving money sites:
Hope you enjoy these. Do you have any money saving sites to share?