Friday, July 28, 2017

~The Keeper Of Home Series: Thrifty Goals~

I have a goal, to learn to be more thrifty.  To be a good steward with the resources God has entrusted me with.  To many, I live a very simple life that is frugal in some respects.  However, I know that I need to be more conscious of how I use resources such as money, food, electricity, and household goods.  We live in a time, where people spend every dime they get.  To me this is not good for anyone.  It is not good to never tell your children, no that is not in our budget.  We should teach our children to not waste their resources, and to learn to appreciate the little things, so they don't feel they always must spend money to have fun.  Above is a photo from The Walton's TV show's kitchen.  I have always loved that show.  Watching shows such as the Walton's and Little House on the Prairie, inspire me.  I believe it is important what we put into our minds and hearts.  Things such as TV, movies, books and the people we surround ourselves with do matter.  It is my desire to make sure I am giving my spirit good examples of family life and frugality.  Back not too long ago, people lived very different than many do today.  They didn't always buy the latest greatest things, they saved money, they used what they purchased, and didn't waste as much.   By reading and watching shows about the past, it helps me to put living a thrifty life in the front of my mind and heart.  



I love this photo from the Walton's.  The mother and daughter are enjoying a chat with a cup of hot tea.  My girls enjoy getting Starbucks now and then, but truly, I think doing that too often is just a waste of money.  We can make coffee and tea at home that is very good, and does not cost $5.00 or more a cup!  When my husband and I eat out, we almost always drink water, unless the drink comes with the meal.  I like doing this not just to save money, but because it is better for you.  I do have a little soda now and then, but I drink it from a small cup and only once in a while.  I like to say it is what we do 90% of the time that counts.  I also think just spending time with our family and friends is a blessing, and time that truly means so much.  Time is the greatest gift we can give each other.  The moments we share are what make our lives special.  My cousin Teri, just did a post on her blog about front porch sitting.  I love how she values the simple things in life.  If you would like to see her blog, it is at this address.  terilong.blogspot.com   
We just had lunch today with some friends who are a wonderful inspiration to me.  They live a very frugal life and don't waste their resources.  They travel and enjoy their life and one another.    Surrounding ourselves with people who inspire us can help us to reach our goals, what ever they may be.  
One of my favorite things in shows such as Little House or the Walton's was when they would go to town and go to the store.  They would not impulse buy, but rather go with a list and get only what they needed.  I am not saying that I don't ever want to spend money, just that I want to be conscious of what I spend our money on.  Asking myself first, is it a need or a want, is it in our budget, is it good quality, is this an impulse buy, or something I have planned to purchase.  Just putting these sorts of questions in the front of my mind is helping me to reach my goal of being more thrifty.  


Another thing I hope to be thrifty with is my time.  This is one reason I like to use my planner, and make my daily lists.  Time is valuable and we should consider budgeting our time, just as we budget our money.  Well, I hope everyone has a nice weekend.  I have been enjoying some cozy home time, but I am missing my girls.  (They are staying a couple of weeks with my parents.)   Thanks for stopping by my little space.  Hugs to you.  Juli

8 comments:

  1. Good Morning ... Such an encouraging post. Thank you for mentioning my "little space" as it looks like a weekend with some porch sittin' for us. It looks like our hot and humid days may be behind us for a while and pleasant weather moving in. I love, love, love the kitchen picture that you have shared. This is one of my favorite posts of yours. You have inspired me to spend some time this weekend going over our Home Journal and making some frugal changes in our home. No matter what we do, we can always do better. Have a nice weekend. Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Thank you Teri, your blog has always inspired me. I am loving the milder weather. I hope you have a cozy weekend. Hugs. Juli

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  2. I love this post! I first thought that was your kitchen in the top picture and I was admiring it so much! I didn't recognize it as the Walton's kitchen. These are good thoughts and I think we can learn a lot from the old ways.

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    1. I have always loved the Walton's kitchen, it is so homey and simple. Thank you for your kind words, and for visiting my little space. Have a good weekend. Hugs. Juli

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  3. Sweet friend,
    I enjoyed every word of this post.
    I am going to try tube more mindful of living simply and with what we have.
    You inspire!!!!

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    1. Billie Jo, I have to say, you inspire me as well. I am in awe of how you make your sweet family's life a beautiful special place to live. Your blog has been a true blessing to my life. Hugs friend. Juli

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  4. Hi Juli,

    Just checking in!
    I haven't seen a post from you inn awhile.
    Hoping happiness and life are keeping you busy!

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  5. Hi Billie Jo. I can't tell you how much this comment touches my heart. My children just went back to school today. I have just been soaking in the last bits of them being home with me. I actually am going to do a post this afternoon. I was just telling my girls the other day about you, and how we are friends even though we have never met in real life. Thank you for your friendship. Hugs to you. Juli

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