I had the pleasure of receiving an audio book for the Money Saving Mom’s Budget after having followed her blog for quite awhile. I subscribe to her emails from her blog, weekly grocery store deals for the ones I shop at, and I frequently find great deals or better yet, free deals from her site! So when I heard she had a book coming out, I couldn’t wait to get my hands (or ears) on a copy because I knew good stuff had to be in there too. The good thing about the audio book is that besides all the MP3 files you’re sent, it also had a PDF file with copies of all the worksheets in the book and some of their tips pages. One thing I wish was included in the PDF was the table of contents because it’s really hard for me to remember which chapter it was that I heard something in and if I wanted to reference it again, I’d have to listen to clips for all the chapters.
It was a really easy read/listen for me. I could play it while doing other things, which is helpful because if I got the physical book, though I love things in print, probably would have taken me longer to get through because it’s hard to find time to sit and read uninterrupted these days.
When I first listened to some of the chapters, I felt myself getting critical with thoughts like, “there’s no way that’s possible,” “maybe that works for people not living in expensive areas like San Francisco,” “no credit cards?! No way!” and “I can’t do this!” Then later that night, we had some friends come over and we just broke open the bible, looked at scriptures, and examined our lives together. That’s when one of them asked, “So do you want to examine why for 3 people in a small 2 bedroom, you have so much stuff?!” Uh…no thanks! But I knew, God had been trying to tell me that I need help. Not just with controlling clutter, getting rid of stuff, but also my shopping addictions, especially when we don’t have the money to support it. One of the chapter’s in Crystal’s book talks about how de-cluttering can be money-saving and it is so true! Besides the fact that you make money from stuff you find around the house to sell but also, you stop buying duplicates, triplicates or more of things that are hidden within your house but you don’t now you have or can’t find! I do have lots of stuff, so much I’m tripping over my work laptop bag, pump bag, lunch bag, diaper bags (yes, plural), and that’s just at the front door! But the de-cluttering has always seemed like such a huge project that I don’t do it because it overwhelms me. I like how in the book, it talks about setting small goals for everything and then going bigger. I always try to tackle things all at once and then fail or give-up because I just can’t handle it.
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I can’t say I’ve implemented anything in the book yet because I think a part of me is still trying to process the information and the other part is totally fighting it! However, it has gotten me thinking and reflecting on a lot! Hoarding runs in my blood but I hope it stops at me because I would hate for Kiggster to have those same hoarder instincts. Or worse, my hoarder and shopaholic instincts…those two together are horrible. I not only like getting lots of free stuff (even if it’s something I know I will never use) but I also like buying lots of stuff! Using a cash system is a shopaholic’s worst nightmare because that would be holding me accountable for the money I spend. I can’t overspend, I can’t splurge unexpectedly, no more random hourly treats for myself, no window shopping turned credit card swiping…losing all that just seems way too scary. I have a lot of praying and diving into scriptures to do in order to get my heart right about saving money, having self-control, using a cash system and losing my credit card points. I did stop shopping at one point when Honey and I were planning our wedding 7 ½ years ago but my solution was to avoid the mall and that was it. It didn’t deal with my heart, my real problem, my addiction, etc. It was a good solution at the time but it was only a temporary fix to a bigger problem. As Honey and I are gearing up for another round of possible lay offs at my work this summer, him starting full-time in an intensive grad school program this summer, and bills not slowing down, I need to really take this budgeting stuff seriously and look into an area of my life that I’d rather keep in the dark and just simply write it off as my “guilty pleasure.”
“Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” ~Luke 12:15
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? ~Matthew 6:25-27
Please pray for me as a try to tackle this area of my life that I’ve been battling with for a long time now. I know I need to set a good example for Kiggster and show her that there is so much more to life than gathering stuff! Are there areas of your life that you’d rather people not know about? Any tips for someone like me in tackling this addiction? Sciptures that you found helpful and encouraging?
Kangaroo Mama was provided the audio book for free from the sponsor company for review but the opinions stated in this posting are completely my own honest opinion and not influenced by the sponsor company.