“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Life can change in the blink of an eye.
One moment you can be comfortably cruising through your circumstances. And the next, you can be seriously struggling to keep your head above the waters.
That’s how I felt for the past year and a half.
Don’t worry, I’ll explain!
In the Fall of 2017, I got engaged to my amazing now husband, AJ. Good news right? That was the comfortable part.
Together with our families we settled on an early sumner 2018 wedding date. That gave us a little over nine months to prepare for the most important day of our lives.
It was also the beginning of the seriously struggling part.
I know today will be a busy day for many of you. It’s going to be a busy day for me as well.
But before we get lost in opening gifts, exchanging celebratory hugs, and sending off those sparkly group text messages, can we just slip away for a few moments of quiet…just the two of us?
Like so many moments in life, Mother’s Day can be bittersweet.
For some women, it is a blissful day of pampering from her family. For another, it can be a painful reminder of an indescribable loss. And for another, it’s a day where their seemingly deferred dreams come crashing head first into their present realities.
Yes, Mother’s Day can be all these things and so much.
The truth is life doesn’t always come wrapped in a pretty package of perfect.
I’ve written and rewritten this email about three times…(that’s not an exaggeration)….but this time I’m sure I’ve gotten it right.
I was going to share this clever rant about how I was completely and utterly over 2016.
I even had this really great analogy about how the past few months have been an emotional and spiritual roller coaster ride and how much I hate roller coasters. (Fun fact: I’ve only been on a roller coaster twice in my entire life and I don’t plan on there being a third time, like ever!)
But the more I keep thinking about my year, the more God is changing my perspective.
If reading “Why God Keeps Interrupting My Shopping Sprees” nudged your heart in anyway, then I’d like to invite you to join me on The 30 Day Money Saving Challenge.
I know starting something new can be overwhelming but the challenge is really simple. For the next 30 days, let’s commit to:
- Set a weekly cash budget and not exceed that spending limit…unless it’s a life or death situation.
- No credit cards and no debit cards. (Because when’s the last time you tracked EVERY SINGLE TIME you swiped on your debit card?…exactly!)
- No unnecessary spending…not even if there’s an amazing sale.
- No impulsive shopping.
- No retail therapy.
- DIY whenever possible (like DIY hairdos, manicures, and pedicures to name a few)
- Bring a bag lunch to work.
- Home cook meals, instead of dining out…unless someone else is treating of course.
- Make a list whenever we do have to shop, and STICKING to the list once we get to the store.
- Sign up to receive our free annual credit report to get a true indication of our credit health.
- Actively look for ways to reduce spending (like coupons, canceling services we don’t absolutely need, attending free events, etc.)
- SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!
These are just a few quick and easy lifestyle changes that will benefit us spiritually, physically, and financially.
The goal isn’t perfection or to stop spending money completely. The goal is to develop more self-control and to be more discipline with our shopping habits.
Throughout the 30 days, I’ll post more practical money saving tips and encouragement on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
And I’ll be looking for comments and pictures from your journey as well! Just be sure to use the hashtag #30daymoneychallenge
Some days will be easier than others but I’m excited to see how much money we can keep in our purses and wallets. Most importantly, I’m excited to see how this challenge will help change our spending patterns for the long haul.
So before we find another sale, let the savings begin!