This picture couldn't have come at a more appropriate time in my little household. It has me thinking about a lot.
My husband or I are simple, frugal people. We didn't come from money, and we've never minded since we don't know what it's like to live otherwise. We openly admit we're broke and see no shame in being honest about it. We don't pretend to have money and live wealthy. While we joke it would be nice to have an extra thousand dollars to blow on whatever we wanted, neither of us put a lot of importance into material goods. We don't care about status or name-brands. Practically every piece of mismatched furniture in our house was given to us. We don't have modern, orderly decorations. We have the essentials, and that's about it.
I've been a stay-at-home mom since Little Olive was born, and we knew doing so would make things tight financially around the house. But we've been able to make ends meet on one income. While it would be awesome to put an addition on the upstairs and make another bedroom, or re-do the kitchen with brand new appliances, the choice to stay home has been invaluable.
My husband graduated this spring with his master's degree, and we are so happy he's out of school, applying for his dream jobs. However, this past week we realized his loans would start coming in this summer for repayment. We're currently holding our breath on a position he applied for. Because if he doesn't get it, I'm not quite sure where the money for the new bills will come from.
That's why I opened my Etsy Shop last week. I love to sew, and it's about time I take pride in my work and display it for others to purchase. We also did a massive sweep of our house, taking anything we don't want or will never use for a yard sale next week. I've also decided to sell a set of Spode Dishes on eBay. If you know of anyone in the business for vintage, antiques, or dishes, send them the link or send me their information. :)
When we were in London several years ago, my husband and I saw a quote in a country tavern that read,
"Poor and content is rich enough."
It has become one of our favorites, and it's a wonderful reminder for what really matters in life.
Another one we love is an Irish saying,
"A full cabin is better than an empty castle."
"There is no feast without good company."
I think the next few months will be hard, but I know we'll be able to do it. We might be living off peanut butter and jelly till it comes out of our ears, but thankfully Little Olive loves it. :)
If you have any tips for ways to live even more frugally, share below! We're always up for new suggestions.