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3 Easy Ways to Be a Thrifty Wife and Mom

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3 Easy Ways to be a Thrifty Wife and Mom


As I was praying today what I should write about for “Thrifty Thursday” (as sort of my weekly theme),  the Lord brought to my mind Proverbs 12:27 which says, “The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

How does this verse tie in with thriftiness?

Have you ever brought home a bag of potatoes and then ended up having to throw half of them out because you avoided peeling and cooking them?  How about a meal that you actually made and you put some of the leftovers in the back of the refrigerator and completely forgot about them?

Every time something like this happens to me…I feel the conviction in my heart… “the slothful man roasted not that which he took in hunting.”

The things that the Lord has provided for us should be precious.  We should strive to be good stewards in the way we use our money and our possessions.

I believe the first step to becoming a thrifty wife and mom is being diligent with the substance that the Lord has already given you.

1. Try to stretch that dollar you have in your wallet. Take notice on the best deals when you’re shopping…ounce for ounce, pound  for pound, etc.

2.  Use the last drop. Scrape the peanut butter and mayo jars for one more sandwich.  Add a little water to those shampoo and dishwashing soap bottles for one more wash, etc.

3.  Use it again. Before you throw something out, determine if you can use it for something else.  It’s fun being creative.  While growing up, my mom and I used many throw away items for projects and crafts.

I encourage you to become a thrifty wife and mom.  And, by the way, I really love hearing from my readers.  Please share your tips and ideas with everybody!

6 Comments

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    Rebecca

    One of our biggest expenses in our home is our electric bill, We have become very tight with the amount of electricity we use. I think it is very important to make it a huge priority to teach the children at an early age that even the lights cost you something.

    I enjoy reading your daily updates.

    Thanks for the time and effort you put into your blog.

  • HCH

    HCH

    Rebecca,

    Thanks for stopping by to(read my posts)and share your comments.

    You’re absolutely right…because the old saying that kids think “money grows on trees” is becoming more and more of a reality.

    We constantly remind our boys to shut the lights off when they leave a room. (Okay, I’m back now…I had to go shut off my kitchen light. lol) After all, you’ve got to practice what you preach…kids learn from watching what you do!

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    Debbie

    I have actually caught myself saying “I’m sorry Lord” when throwing out something that was wasted. I agree – this is what we can do to help our households stretch the dollars our hardworking husbands bring home.

    • HCH

      HCH

      Debbie,

      Me too! I do find myself admitting to the Lord that I’ve messed up. I don’t want to take things for granted that He has blessed me with!

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    Cookie

    I saw your website link on christianmoms.com and thought I’d look, and I’m so very glad I did. I love being thrifty. One idea I’ll share – I love candles and have some in pretty jars and some in plain glass jars. Once I burn the candle that came in it, I remove old residue, wash and dry, and set them aside to reuse when buying just candles. And the plain round jars I reuse for cotton balls, q-tips or organizing makeup – they stack, too, for space-saving. Hope someone can use this idea 🙂

    • HCH

      HCH

      Cookie,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your ideas!

      That’s certainly a great way to reuse those pretty jars that candles come in…it’s just too big a shame to throw them away.

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