Today’s Blog Hop topic is to share 5 things we’re living without so we can have more. It’s based upon the Hearts at Home book Living With Less So Your Family Has More.
New Electronics – We have no ipods, ipads, kindles, nooks or smartphones. Hubby and I have a couple of very basic cell phones with basic plans (we did just add 250 texts a month to our plan).
New Clothes – Our clothes come from consignment sales and thrift stores. I sell the clothes from the last season to make money to but the next season’s clothes. We are patient when we have clothing needs and make do when we can’t find exactly what we are looking for. We have learned to anticipate our clothing needs over time and learned to buy ahead with that in mind.
Cable & Big TVs – We don’t have cable and we don’t have any large TVs. We are huge football fans (so football season is the only time we ever whine about it) but on Saturday afternoons we sit across the room and watch games on our 10-year-old 27 inch tv (a Christmas present from hubby’s parents). We miss plays when the reception fades in and out. We get closer to the TV if we want to see replays better. We don’t love it but we deal with it and we are grateful for the money it saves us.
More Room – Our family of 6 lives in an older trailer that is less than 900 square feet. We’d love to have more room and we are saving towards that goal but for now living in less space means that if something happened with hubby’s job our home wouldn’t be lost.
Lots of Gifts – Several years ago, we realized that we really weren’t doing our kids any favors by buying piles and piles of gifts for every holiday (we were attempting to get rid of the guilt of not getting them really expensive stuff). We went to 3 gifts for Christmas and 2 gifts for birthdays and a lot of those gifts are 2nd hand. Our kids have learned that holidays and birthdays are about more than giving gifts. This year we are cutting costs back more so that we can give to those in need more than we have in the past.
We are always evaluating what we have and what we spend money on to see if there are new areas that we can cut to give our family more. More time with us and with each other and more appreciation for all the blessing in our life, seen and unseen.