One beautiful aspect of this life is that there are no constants.
Now, for a control freak like me, that concept is always first handled with trepidation.
But when I remember that life isn’t stagnant, that change is necessary for growth and to reach goals, I feel emboldened and blessed as I take the first tentative steps on the new path I see before me.
The BHE and I are both very intelligent and fiercely independent people. We both would love nothing more than to live off the grid and thrive on our own efforts and ingenuity.
However, living in this time and place, and having been raised the way we were, we both cling to a few ideas of the modern, connected world. Like health insurance, adult conversation, and the Internet. I for one would like to know I have a steady income that includes benefits from a company, at least until my children are a bit more mature. And our farm is functioning independently.
With independence comes greater responsibility, especially for oneself. When you are beholden to none, you are more so beholden to yourself and your God. I care not for the judgement of my peers but rather His view on the quality of my stewardship of His earth and gifts.
So the BHE and I have been talking about our options and alternatives. I am a SAHM who would love to be a WAHM so, by golly, I gotta be independent and forge a new way.
Please, Lord, show me the next path I must thoughtfully walk upon.
The goal here is to provide for ourselves, our children, our families, and our friends without depending too much on other people. Reciprocity is the name of the game, rather than being borrowers to lenders, as that never ends well.*
For now, though, we do have a mortgage(s) and car loan (please don’t get me started on my student loans) and two small children. We must be smart about our steps towards our end goals. Which is why the BHE returns to work each day. Which is why I have begun searching out ways to both save and earn.
If I do not have a steady income as a stay-at-home mom, the least I can do is be a good steward of the money we have been blessed with and use the considerable brain power God gave me to come up with new ways to work towards financial independence.
I’m known for my budgeting and my coupon-clipping and my bill pay spreadsheets… and my penny-pinching. I will be the first to raise my hand and admit that I am a tight wad. For all the hosting I’ve done, I can tell you I have upset a few guests in the past with how tight I hold my fist.
I found some new ways to save, and I plan on writing up my reviews of the apps that are helping me do so. In fact, a couple of the apps are more than Saving; they cross the line into Making. It is pretty cool.
If you want to get started on your own, I am using:
Walmart’s Savings Catcher
And Payless’s (Kroger) digital coupons
I decided to take it one step further. Part of my approach to minimalism has been selling as well as donating and trashing the things we don’t need or want. Now, after the passing of my beloved father-in-law and the subsequent inheritance of all of his shit crap garbage hoarded stuff belongings, we have a major inventory with which to work. Antiques and collectibles, unopened boxes of supplies and tools, decorative items that have no place in our home, clothing and accessories that fit no one we know… the list goes on.
Thank God for the Internet!** I have opened both an eBay shop and an Etsy shop as well as have posted items on all Craigslist sites that cover areas within an hour drive of me. Also, if you didn’t know this, go take a peek at what’s around you in terms of Facebook pages labeled “yard sale” or “ rummage” or “swap”.
Here are some items I have up for sale:
While you’re online, reading this post and checking out my shops and the various apps I mentioned above, go ahead and check me out in the other corners from which I shine. See the fun, colorful, crazy, thoughtfully sought path we are treading on my Instagram account.my Instagram account. Find out what inspires me and what my big project ideas are on my Pinterest account. Go crazy and LIKE my Facebook page.
If you’re trying to make a little extra on the side (and I do mean a little), start stretching your touch to various parts on the Internet. There’s so much out there, and what goes around comes around. ***
How have you earned a little extra lately?
What was the big-ticket item you last saved a ton on?
If you were going to brag about how little you spent at the grocery, how would you explain how you did it?
*Proverbs 22:7 – The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
**Seriously, I think I say that twenty times a day, if not more.
***Hebrews 13:15&16 – Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. 16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.