The American Way…

Good Morning! I have a few things rattling in my head and just wanted to share.

I don’t know if I have told you before or not, but I teach the 3-year-old Sunday School at my church. Yesterday was the beginning of  Advent for us. The leader of our together time has taped some special sessions with people who were there to witness Jesus birth. We had the Mayor of Bethlehem and then Mr. Z asked the children “who do you call when you are sick or hurt?” When one of the children called out “a lawyer!” That wasn’t quite what he was looking for, but it is a sign of the times. I thought of a Toby Keith song I heard called  The American Ride . Am I teaching my children to be the best they can? The American way…

The sermon was about quality time. I have been so busy working I don’t feel like I haven’t given my family the quality time they deserve. I defiantly am thinking I am not giving the lord my quality time as I doze off in my chair and forget to thank the Lord for all the blessings he has bestowed on our family. or maybe the quick prayers because I am too tired. I wonder if the Lord says “Geeze thanks Candy”  How the world is spinning so fast and I am feeling like I need to slow down and enjoy life. Needing  more of God’s way…

Have a blessed day, stop and enjoy, Candy

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Why be frugal?

I have been thinking the last days. Thinking why are we frugal? Randy and I have never made a lot of money, but I think even if we made tons we would still be frugal. Why be frugal?

  1. Being a good steward- Taking care of what the Lord has blessed you with.  I love the elderly and one thing I have noticed is most have  had their things for years and those things still look great. Why? Because they lived in a time where they learned the value of things.

“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?” (Luke 16:10-11)

Hebrews 13:5 says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and learn to be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you.'”

Money is mentioned in the Bible quite a bit. I think the Lord thought it was important!

  1. Rainy Day fund/Emergency fund- When you have some money put aside an emergency doesn’t seem like such an emergency.

One thing I am learning through our Dave Ramsey and Financial Peace University,  people are less likely to use credit cards when they have some cash stashed. No panicking or a  “what will we do?”  thinking.

“Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8

Aesop’s Fable: The Ant and the Grasshopper– Like the ant we need to prepare!

Linda Michelle Barron has a poll Are you an ant or a grasshopper?

I can see I am a little of both. When I am tired from working and kid activities, I may say “Randy, I am running to the drive thru for dollar menu”  Now we have been better using our crock pot and like the ant when I prepare before work the stress is gone when I get home.

This morning as I am writing this I ask my oldest son Jacob “why are we frugal?’ and he said “because you said so!” and when I asked Benny my youngest “why we are frugal?” He said “so we can save money and have a better life” I have always said we do not need to be rich I just want to live the best life we can. I am trying to live more like an ant and less like a grasshopper!

God’s Blessings on your day, Candy


Hebrews 13:5 says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and learn to be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you.'”

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Link Love!

I have been challenged by Melissa at Consumer Queen to stop and smell the roses and check out what other bloggers have been doing. Like Oprah’s favorite things here are my favorite sites!

  1. Consumer Queen– will have to be one since she is challenging me. Check out her site.
  2. Paula at Monroe on a budget – Paula works for the Monroe Evening news and her and I have become frugal friends. Paula gives you the heads up on local activities.
  3. Valarie at Frugal Family Fun Blog– Valerie is a homeschooling mom with 2 children. I love to see what she is up to and wish my children were younger. If you have young children you will love her site.
  4. Marilyn at Marilyn’s Money– Marilyn has taught me about all the Mall deals out there. I met her when Paula and I were having a class she brought goody bag giveaways. Very gracious!
  5. My sister and I are in charge of Thanksgiving and I found a great site for crafts. Martha Stewart crafts
  6. Another Valuable lesson I started this site for all those lessons I have learned in my life. I am always looking for your valuable lessons.
  7. Nicki at Domestic Cents– Always doing great things while living on a budget and raising a family!
  8. Skip to my Lou– Always has great recipes and ideas
  9. Dave Ramsey– I can’t wait until Randy and I can call him and say  “We are debt free!”
  10. Have you ever had a letter you could send because it may offend? Or a love one you wish you could have said more. The letter I Cannot Send needs more letters.

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Walmart Thanksgiving Feast $20

To get you dinner for the $20 Starts Wednesday November 18, 2009 to November 26, 2009 while supplies last. Here is the link to their flyer. I have had many questions on how to get the deal. You buy the listed items and your cost will be  right around $20.

  • One 12-pound Grade A turkey*                                                          40¢  pound         $4.80
  • Three 11 to 15.5-ounce cans Green Giant                                       50¢ each             $1.50
  • Two 14-ounce cans Ocean Spray cranberry sauce                       88¢ each              $1.96
  • Three 6-ounce boxes of Stove Top stuffing                                    $1.50 each            $4.50
  • One 5-pound bag of red potatoes/yams                                              25¢  pound        $1.25
  • One 12-count package  rolls                                                                     75¢ 12 ct.               .75¢
  • One 22-ounce pumpkin roll cake                                                         $5.50 each            $5.50

———— Total $20.26

A few of the items are different then the press release in our local area, but I can live with that! Remember my frugal friends it is while supplies last.  You can get a bigger turkey for 40¢ a pound and spend a little more on  your Thanksgiving feast.

Have a great day, Candy