I thought I would share my life a little so that you could see how we live within our means. I live in a small city. It is large enough where we have at least one of everything, like a J.C. Penny, Home Depot, Sams Club, Lowes, Star Bucks recently we even got a Panera Bread. My city is large enough for this kind of stuff but still small enough that when you meet someone new if you talk long enough you will discover that you have a mutual friend. I really like the size of my city. My hubby and I moved here just over 10 years ago.
When we moved here my husband and I knew that I would not be working so we got a house on his income only. Its an old home, which we love and its only 3 miles from his work, which we love even more with gas prices the way they are. My house is centrally located where we are probably 2 miles from 3 different Kroger stores, a CVS and a Walgreens. We can walk to parks, the post office and the public library. We live in a nice area, I say that we are welfare row of the nice area. Sorry neighbors if you are reading this. But if you are my neighbor you have already heard me say this. You have probably laughed with me about it.
Since we live on one income there are some financial restrictions for us. We have two cars and both are paid for. Since my hubby works 3 miles away his car is very old. It is a 1995 so it has been paid off a long time. My car was paid off this past January, Yay!! We know that we can only handle one car payment at a time so we will always have a car that is paid for. I love not having a car payment! I LOVE NOT HAVING A CAR PAYMENT! We also do NOT have any credit card debt!
I know my house is not shiny new nor are my cars but what a blessing it is to be able to stay home with my kids. I am exactly where God would have me.
I am a stay at home mom who is fed up with spending a large portion of income on grocery bills. It is my job, according to God, to be a good help mate for my husband. I am trying to live up to my job description. I am starting a journey into the grocery coupon world and invite you to come with me. I have never used coupons for grocery shopping and as of January 1st 2008 I am diving in. I will be using http://www.thegrocerygame/ , http://www.moneysavingmom.com and the http://www.couponmom.com/ website to guide me on how to save money. I am going to treat this adventure as a part time job and put in the hours necessary to make it work. I am excited and nervous to get started.