Shortly after my husband and I married, my friends joked that I married the most frugal man they had met. He is against credit and debt and we have paid for nearly everything in cash in all of our 6 years of marriage. He isn’t a compulsive buyer and researches things out before we purchase. He is also very wise with finances and knew that securing our future meant he needed to make some financial investments.
Three years into our marriage at the age of 25, my husband drained out our savings bought into the Subway franchise and opening up a brand new store-while still working his demanding schedule as a full time pharmacist. Little did we know, that the Lord would bring us to a startling crossroads within 5 months of the grand opening.
One morning while out on a play date, my husband calls me to tell me that he had just been fired from his pharmacist position as they believed his managing a Subway was a conflict of interest. Talk about a scare. It was over the next few weeks that we prayed the hardest for our future. There were no jobs close to home and we knew without a doubt that God wanted us to stay at our home church. My husband also knew that he didn’t want to work at the Subway but manage it. Yet we needed an income as a growing family. Within 2 months my husband and I felt lead by the Lord to start our own independent pharmacy. He sold the Subway franchise and plunged full steam ahead into this new venture. One and a half years later and we are still without that income.
God has always provided for us and truly has a purpose for this trail. In Jeremiah 29:11 God says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” God is going to work it out for good! We’ve learned daily that prayer is keeping our faith strong will carry us through!
Why be frugal?
We simply have to be.
And that’s okay!
It has allowed me to grow in being a homemaker!
I don’t know if I would’ve had this desire for old-fashioned homemaking without this trial. I’ve learned new methods to save money, skimp on things, and feed my family more nutritious foods all while saving money! It has been a fun learning curve trying new things such as making food from scratch, sewing outfits from free material, gardening, DIY gift ideas, and more!
It has challenged us to be content.
Not that this has been easy and it is still a journey, atleast for me! It hasn’t always been easy to watch Susie next door get all the blessings and feel like we’ve gotten none but I have to remind myself (and my husband has to remind me!) that this will only be a season in our lives and to be mindful of what blessings or lessons God wants our family to learn. The Bible says, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11. I pray daily to be like Paul in learning to be content.
It has challenged us to live by faith.
You take every need and want you have to God when your finances aren’t good. Knowing that He has promised to provide you with food and shelter. There is great faith in simply knowing that He will supply all our needs, that He cares for the sparrows so of course He cares for His children. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
It has challenged us to be more grateful.
Through it all God’s been so good. You’re more aware of each blessing, every answer to pray, every need met by the gracious hand of God. I once prayed for bigger clothes for oldest, knowing we couldn’t afford them, within 3 hours God answered that prayer with 2 garbage bags full of clothes 2 sizes too big and then again a week later with just the perfect size! Talk about a faith-builder!!
If you’re in a financial storm, stick around as I share tips, ideas and frugal recipes I’ve picked up along the way to stretch your budget.
What’s your favorite way to stretch a dollar? Have any tips to share? Leave them in the comments below!
This post may be linked up with any of these blogs.