Lower Incomes and Loss of Employment

Many of the writers of the blogs I’ve been reading as well as many of my readers are facing uncertain times.  Many are facing lower incomes or loss of employment.  It is frightening.  We ladies like our security.  We like our comforts, whatever they may be.  We like knowing that the bills will be paid, that we can buy groceries, shoes for the kids, whatever we need, and a few extras. 

Over the last five years my husband went from $60 K job to now working part-time for less than $300 a week.  He’s looking for full-time work and has been for months.  Our reality has changed dramatically.  Life doesn’t look like I thought it would or even like I’d like it to; but, I’m getting so much closer to God through this.   God has provided in amazing ways.  We were able to move to a caretaker’s cottage and take care of a country estate four the absentee owner in return for rent.  Money has come from unexpected sources with perfect timing.  Just yesterday I was thinking of some things that our children need.  I have no way of providing those things.  Today, an envelope arrived with no return address.  It was filled with cash.  Yes, cash.  There was an envelope with the children’s names and an envelope with Lowell and Laura on it.  Praise God!  We can buy wood so we can keep warm!  The children need shoes.  We can buy them!  Praise God!  God is so faithful to take care of us.  God bless the sender, who obviously sent it in faith.

My point in sharing this is that you can survive.  You’ll have to learn some new skills, learn to be content, learn to make do; but, you can do this.  You have to lean into God and get that Word hidden in your heart.  Talk to Him.  He is great at showing you every bargain if you talk to Him all the way through the store and ask Him to show them to you.  God bless you through this!
I’ve written a lot about what God’s done over the last couple of years.  Although I write on WordPress now, I have a list of my best writings on the top of my old blog, http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com .  You might take a look.

Blessings upon blessings to you!

Laura

What is in Your Hand? $50 Grocery Shopping Trip

What is in your hand?

If you have only $50 to go grocery shopping for the week, how can you do it?  It seems impossible.  Well, I did that this morning.  When you have that much money, the key is using it for what I call completer items. 

For instance, I already had some fruits and vegetables on hand from last week’s shopping.  Today, I bought salad dressing and some inexpensive croutons to complete a main dish salad.

I bought a restaurant size can of tomato sauce to complete spaghetti.  I already had noodles, leftover italian sausage in the freezer,  and spices at home.

I bought a can of crushed tomatoes and a pound of ground chuck to complete my chili.

You get the idea.  The point is to think about what you can make with what you have; and, buy the completer ingredients that you need to make a meal.

For breakfasts, I bought oats and brown sugar to make Brown Sugar Granola from www.hillbillyhousewife.com .  This is an inexpensive granola recipe. My kids aren’t real fond of plain oatmeal; so, I try to change it up a bit.

For lunches, I’m hoping for leftovers to fill the gap!

If all else fails, I can make bread and serve beans!

Just an idea to help you with training for the grocery store high jump!

God bless and good shopping!

Laura

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