Monday, October 23, 2017

Living on a Budget is an adventure. I challenge myself to see what I can do with what I have. I see how much money I can save with coupons, apps, and ebates.  I look for items that my family need's water, food, medicine, clothes, shoes, coats, blankets, towels, books (recreation items) and the list goes on. I think to myself of the what if's. What if there is a death, illness, or injury. What if there is an economic crash, War, weather related disaster. What do I have in my home to help us get by.  What do I have to help my family be ok during hard times. Being thirsty, hungry, and cold is not what I want for my family. Living on the East Coast the weather can be harsh. I worry about those things. Some of my favorite shopping places are second hand store's (Goodwill, Salvation Army, Thrifts Store, Church Stores). I would suggest making a list of what your family needs and little by little getting provisions.
When you shop get extra cans of food and 24 pack of water when you go to the store. Look at your children's closets. Is it time to donate or sell unusable items. Make a list of items needed with the sizes per child. Keep the list on you so when you shop you can reference back to it.  Look at your linen closet are some of your blankets thread bare or in need of repair. Can some of them be donated. Can you cut then down for pillow cases, shopping bags, or rags.  Visit your pantry how much food do you have. Is there anything your not eating? Donate it to a shelter, food pantry, family, or friend,  Make a list of foods that you enjoy using and your family enjoys eating. Keep the list with you so you can reference it when shopping. Do you have a second source of heat or cooking.  Do you have a emergency kit in your car that would serve you and your family if you became stuck for hours or days. Have water, food, blankets, wool socks for feet and hands, hats, candy for those with sugar problems. Also, flashlights, lighters, jumper box to self jump. Just a few things to think about. I could talk on this subject forever.  Let me share with you what I found at the Dollar Tree Today for food, home, and Christmas. I was really happy!

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