A Thousand Ways to Provide! My Saving Addiction Story Ends.

(You can read part 1, and 2 in case you missed it)

So here goes part three of my Saving Addiction story. Bare with me as this was a tough post to hit “publish” on.

I’ve been fighting letting go for months. I’ll talk myself into doing less work. I’ll talk myself into focusing more on real life. But the more I run the more I hear the voice of God telling me to let go. I then question… Why would YOU bring Saving Addiction into my life to help thousands of people, bring in an income for my family only for me to let it all go? Lord, I don’t understand. But that’s just it, I may not ever understand

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8

My number one mission in life is to love the Lord with all my heart. My next goal is to train my children up in the Love of the Lord and be a loving wife unto my husband. Truth is when I turn on the computer to work, I let all that’s important go. I let go of answering my babes with a soft answer, I let go of the training God has asked me to do, I let go of preparing the house for my husband’s arrival. And don’t get me started on Fridays… I spend 3-4 hours working on matchups in the middle of a home filled with 6 kids under the age of 10. TALK ABOUT CHAOS. I love the fact I am helping so many families. But what good would it be if I saved the whole world but lost the ones I loved most.

So today I am writing on Saving Addiction for the very last time. I know God will bring each one of you to the right coupon site that will bless your family and finances. I am taking a break on coupons for awhile. I might not even print another coupon for a few months, possibly a year. :)I am going to focus my time and energy on my amazing husband, children, and whatever the Lord has planned.

I would like to encourage each one of you to trust God and let go. I’d like to encourage you to put down facebook, text messaging, phones, or whatever it is that is eating away your time or causing you to become someone you don’t desire to be. Far too long my children have witnessed a mom glued to computer screen or glued to a phone. Are my children of less importance than a screen? What message am I conveying when I ask them to hold that thought while I blog about a deodorant deal or post on facebook. Oh how foolish I have been! I am glad the Lord has found mercy unto me and woke me up! I am thankful for the courage He has given to take this leap a faith.

How big of a leap is this?!

Like jumping over mountains. Looking at our income and bills, it won’t work. Me bringing in no income will put us in the red. Friends, that’s why I was fighting this. I don’t want to add stress unto my husband or our family. But with their blessing and faith we agreed we will obey and walk in faith! This is just another mountain the Lord can move.

God will provide! He’s been so faithful to us all along!

I leave you with a quote that has moved me;

“Many who profess to be Christ’s followers have an anxious, troubled heart because they are afraid to trust themselves with God. They do not make a complete surrender to Him, for they shrink from the consequences that such a surrender may involve. Unless they do make this surrender they cannot find peace. There are many whose hearts are aching under a load of care because they seek to reach the world’s standard. They have chosen its service, accepted its perplexities, adopted its customs. Thus their character is marred and their life made a weariness. The continual worry is wearing the life forces. Our Lord desires them to lay aside this yoke of bondage. He invites them to accept out His yoke; He says, “My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Worry is blind and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. In every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. “No good thing will He withhold from the that walk uprightly.” Matthew 30; Psalm 84:11 Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service of God supreme, will find perplexities vanish and a plain path before their feet.” Ministry of Healing, pg 480-481

Thank you for your support, your comments, your prayers.  May God bless each one of you in the coming years.

Love in Christ!

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Bulk Order Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.69/lb

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Are you looking for a way to obtain a stock-up price on 100% natural boneless, skinless, no added hormones or additives chicken breast? I have good news…

Zaycon Foods is coming to a city near you in April. Get a 40lb case of fresh boneless, skinless, chicken breast for $1.69/lb! Orders must be placed before the event sells out! You’ll have to go pick up your order at a select location near you on a designated date.

Chicken can then be split into appropriate meal size and frozen! If you’re thinking that 40lbs is way too much meat for your family to consume, then split with a friend!

There are many locations to choose from! If you’d like to place an order or see a location near you just head on over HERE and register.

Have you ordered from Zaycon before? We would love to hear your feedback!

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You’ll want to print a $0.55 off any Smuckers Ice Cream Topping coupon for Sunday’s Meijer sale;

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When Our Income Decreased By Half….

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We have seen our family’s monthly income slowly decrease over the past two years. It’s funny how God works! Never in a million years would we have moved to the country to more land, higher utility costs, and higher property taxes knowing that our monthly income would decrease by half. But God was kind to us and moved us during a season of plenty  only to prepare for a season of faith.  While we need to be careful about where every dollar goes, and  live a pretty bare bones type of lifestyle,God is faithful and He continues to provide.

When we would like to take a trip, plant a garden, fix a car, or  make a large purchase, we bring it before The Lord in prayer.  I’ll be honest and confess this is a brand new concept in our life. Before, we never truly relied on The Lord to provide. We could purchase what we needed when we needed it, in our old life . Then we had a catastrophic year, half being spent in the hospital, draining all money we had with gas, eating on the go, and medical bills. We are truly thankful for friends, family, and complete strangers blessing us through that year!  We were able to stay afloat, not worry about finances. But in all honestly, we are still trying to recover. We were emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally, and financially drained. But the good news is, we are on the mend! Praise The Lord!

Here are a few ways we tightened up our wallets over the past couple months;

1. Trusting in The Lord!

We have witnessed some amazing miracles this year, by simply praying for a need. The Lord has been faithful with meeting all our needs.

I’d encourage you to start a family prayer journal and keep track of your prayer request and answers! The Lord loves to answer prayers from the mouth of babes!

2. Simplify Grocery Shopping;

We are now doing the majority of our shopping at Aldi and Costco. Meijer we stop at for our favorite butter, produce sales, and a few coupon deals.

I have found that I can get in and out of Aldi’s in less than 30 minutes with a cart full of groceries for less than $100. There’s no toys (usually), not too many fun eye catching products that attract the kids. I don’t have to feel bad for not using coupons. It’s just a win-win in this season of life.

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3. Giving Things Up;

We had to give up a few things. One item being juice. 5 kiddos drinking juice everyday adds up. I’d estimate we were spending $75+ a month on JUICE! Now its water or homemade lemonade (water,stevia, and lemon juice). Another item is snack-y type foods. We now make our own snacks, (trail mix, popcorn, fruit salad, banana bread- are a few of our favorites).

We made the decision to not do bee keeping this year. My husbands bee colony died during the winter. Then the bee boxes got turned into a mice hut. We ended up burning his bee boxes. We had a lot of other needs come up, and couldn’t afford to invest in more bees and boxes this season. So we had to let that fun hobby go this year. I’ve been secretly praying for a swarm of bees to appear on one of our trees, though!

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4. Simple Menu Planning

We have specific meals we eat throughout the week. Which might seem boring to most, but it’s how we making eating affordable! Ha!

A few dinner meals you’ll see us eating every week include- tacos, spaghetti, haystacks, breakfast for dinner, pasta, chicken, and homemade pizza. Included with each meals we’ll have fruit, fresh veggies, or a salad.

Breakfast is the kids choice. They are responsible for their own breakfast. The big kids help the little kids. Choices are usually waffles, toast or cereal. On the weekends we have our personal chef home (hubby) to cook us an eggstravagant breakfast! :)

Lunch is easy around here too, PB&J, Quesadillas, or leftovers. Along with lunch we make a smoothie. Right now we are on a green smoothie kick, which includes green grapes, lemon, spinach and honey.

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5. Living off the land

Okay, I’m kidding here, but one day soon we hope to have our hens laying eggs, and our garden providing extra produce to our table! This picture is of a morel mushroom the kids found growing on our land this spring. .

I’d love to hear some changes you had to implement to save money? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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