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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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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My GroundHog Max Garden!

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I knew I wanted a garden this year, but I had no idea where we would put it. Our house sits on 7 acres of sandy, rolling, pricker bushes GALORE land- which is not ideal for a garden.. My husband and I spent countless nights discussing how we were going to till up all these pricker bushes and small trees. After hours of research ,we decided the best option was the GroundHog Max. We are fortunate to own a 4×4 ATV that can handle the workload of tilling and plowing in the winter. I was a bit skeptical of this relatively compact disc system tearing up anything, but I’ll admit I was wrong! VERY WRONG!

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We ordered the GroundHog Max and within three days it was on my front porch delivered by UPS. after attaching a few bolts, hooking it to the quad we were set to till up some dirt! I was too excited to give it a whirl I didn’t even change into boots, I rode flip- flops and no helmet (which is a big no-no around here! shhh, don’t tell. 😉1

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After a few swipes the pricker bushes and weeds were cut. A few more passes and the dirt was now beginning to show. We lowered the GroundHog Max to the next setting and continued riding in circles for about 10 minutes. Then dropped even lower and did a few more swipes. IT WAS SO EASY! Now all that needed to be done was a little raking. In a matter of 30 minutes we went from weeds that painfully take your skin off, one pricker at a time, to DIRT. ONLY DIRT. Ezra slept through the whole process, which was another plus!

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A few days later we raked up the big sticks into a pile and dug out our raised rows. Now we were ready to plant our fruits and veggies! YAY!

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If you know of a hunter who brings there ATV/UTV along with, you’ll want to show them this sweet disc system. It is easy to transport. Simply, remove from hitch, rotate it 180 degrees and replace the pin. This is called “transport mode” Now you can ride with it around and not even know it’s there! Once you are out in the middle of your woods, you can till up a food plot and feed that big buck you’ve been waiting for!

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The hunting part never intrigued me- go figure. But I was excited to use it for my garden needs. I even planned my entire garden around the GroundHog Max, that’s how deep the love relationship goes. I made the paths in between my rows 4 1/2 feet wide so the GroundHog can pass through and till up those pesky weeds that will return.

We even used the GroundHog Max to tear up a trail throughout the land for the kids to ride their go-cart on. We are so happy we discovered this disc system. It has saved us hundreds of dollars, because initially we were looking to bulldoze an area.

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The final step to our garden was putting up a fence to keep the critters and my lady friends (chickens) out .

While the initial investment of a garden was a bit costly considering we purchased the GroundHog Max, fencing, sprinkler, post digger, etc, I can already see the benefits outweigh the cost. My children are learning great work ethic. To see my 9 and 7 year old boys hauling lumber, my 5 year old daughter planting seeds, my 3 year old son raking”cow poop”  around, and my two year old son chasing the chickens out of the lettuce made my heart leap inside. We know we are going to be tending our own gardens in heaven, so it’s best we get practice here on earth!

“They shall build houses, and inhabit them and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit they shall not plant, and another eat: … mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.” Isaiah 65:21, 22. :)

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 How about you? Have you planted your garden yet? 

I received a discount in exchange for an honest review – all opinions are 100% my own. I was more than pleased with the work this disc system did for our garden! Please see our full disclosure policy for more details.

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Peek into my Week: Birthday, Tilling and Crawling!

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We had a fun and eventful week. We tilled up an area for a garden, which I plan to share more about the disc system we used.
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Celebrated a birthday! Even with a smashed cake! It might have fallen in the trunk and then onto my husbands pants…. :)
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Ezra got discharged from all therapies! I was told it was going to take a while for him to master crawling, by his therapist on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Ezra was crawling from one room into another, down a hall, into the kitchen. He pretty much mastered crawling…. I love this boy, it’s like he hears someone put a limit on him and he has to prove them wrong!
In January I was told he would need oxygen for an additional year or two. I am happy to report He’s been oxygen free, day and night for over a week!!!   What a great Mother’s Day gift! :-)
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My husband built a door for our chicken coop, so the ladies can finally go outside. They’ve been in our garage for a while and room is getting tight in the tub they are in. Hopefully in a couple more days they can fly the coop to their new coop!

Samsung should just stick to making phones. I love my phone. The washer on the other hand…. My washer has been giving me a “no fill message” for  few days. So laundry hasn’t been getting done.  Luckily I have a patient husband, who can fix most things. He stayed up late and got my washer going. He found a Lego, YES a LEGO! in the water line.   But my feelings haven’t changed, Samsung should stick to making phones…. After the flood damage the washer caused from a faulty part in August, I am still amazed I am using it, even after it was repaired.

Don’t get me going on the dryer… It marks up all my shirts with black burn stains from the dryer felt coming loose. They don’t make them how they used too, is such a true statement!
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I made a new deodorant recipe, that I’m hoping withstands the heat, if you get my drift. Also made a few lotion bars and added cocoa and cinnamon for a bronzing affect. That was an epic fail! Turned into a mushy mess.
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I hope you had a wonderful week and a great Mother’s Day, too.
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Part of My Saving Addiction Story (2 of 3)

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

Saving Addiction grew and grew by Gods blessing! I will admit I didn’t handle this growth well. I was committed to running the website, more so than being a good mom and wife. There were years in the beginning of the site where I would devote 8 hours a day working on it. My children were miserable, I was miserable because I could see the damage being done. After a few years we made the decision to not focus on growth by our means, but to allow God to choose the right size and audience for us. I also slowly began cutting back the hours spent on the site, with Fridays being a few hours longer due to matching up Meijer sales. :)

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My oldest was set to enter kindergarten at our local public school. Parent day came, and I just couldn’t bring myself to go. Never, and I mean N-E-V-E-R, had I considered homeschooling! But here I was a few weeks before school began, getting ready to homeschool! My husband and I were two class clowns, to think of us schooling anyone was a scary idea at the time! If my high school teachers only knew, they would fall over! Funny how God works. That year I taught my son how to read! The joy that filled my soul that I could teach my child, by God’s grace, was overwhelming. I knew I would continue on, one year at a time, and give first grade a shot. We are now onto third grade and wouldn’t change a thing.

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Last year was a very hard and emotional year on our home. I had a really tough pregnancy that resulted in my water breaking early and hospital bed rest. I continued the best I could with keeping up with Saving Addiction while holding my home together. Through 137 day hospital stay with Ezra, I had to let things go. Saving Addiction was one. It wasn’t a top priority. In fact, I wasn’t even shopping anymore. My husband took over. I let drugstore deals go, basic web maintenance go, and I even stopped getting the Sunday Newspaper inserts! Crazy, I know!!!

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Fast forward a year later and I’m still trying to recover. I am battling tremendous anxiety, almost as if I’m suffering from post traumatic stress. It sounds funny, and I laugh about it. But it’s a daily battle I live with now. Through prayer, lifestyle changes, family, love and sleep (hopefully in the near future) I’m expecting to be healed.

It doesn’t help with my anxiety that my family has been hit hard with sickness.  In less than a year we’ve battled colds, flus, pneumonia, possible food allergies, weird rashes, headaches, constant back pain, vision changes, many trips to ER for lacerations, ruptured ear drums, respiratory distress and now we are onto PERTUSSIS! (in case you are wondering, the family member battling this is up to date on his vaccinations) Our entire family is on a course of antibiotics right now. We are run down and just flat out tired.

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While we need to be saving money more than ever, I still don’t do much shopping, I leave that to my hubby. Between Ezra’s weekly therapy, doctors appointments, homeschooling three kiddos, it’s hard to find the time for any deal shopping. In this season of life I am just trusting that God will continue to provide for our basic needs. I do want to say, I am so thankful for the access to great printable coupons. I have been able to send my hubby to the store to obtain rock bottom prices on razors, soap, crackers and more!

So what does this mean for Saving Addiction? Stay tuned for part 3!

Side note- I share all this to not gain pity, but to be honest and truthful. I don’t want anyone coming to Saving Addiction’s site feeling like they are inadequate in financial savings by not clipping coupons. We are all in different seasons of life, experiencing different trials and perplexities.  Take heart in knowing that God is molding our character by refining of the fire.

Also, If you could please pray along with us, that Ezra would not get this nasty, pertussis bug. God has been faithful with watching over Ezra, so I am trying my best not be a wreck over what harm this could cause to him. Thank-you!

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