We are trying to afford a new-to-us van. The one we have is old, (1987) and has been breaking down a lot. We have adequate support, butr not enough to buy a new vehicle outright, and we don't want to go into debt.
So we are starting to save up, the old-fashioned way, one dollar at a time. Hence, DH asked me to start baking bread again. Bread is quite a staple around here. Fine, I like to bake.
Is it that much cheaper to make your own bread? I don't rightly know, but I do know that the less you go to the store, the less money you spend, period. Duh.
Anyway, I was thinking about that Reb Bradley article that I didn't like. He talked about a homeschooling momma on her deathbed saying that she wished she had bought her bread and spent the time with her kids instead. Well, I had an interesting time making bread with my kids! Hmm. With the kids? What an interesting concept! I am not saying that you have to bake bread. And I am not saying that buying bread is a bad thing. Not at all. We have bought tons of bread. But why does it have to be an all or nothing thing?
Being a Christian wife and mom and even a homeschool mom is supposed to be a pleasant, joyful thing. If its not, its because we are messing it up somehow.
On the Frugal Front, I am establishing the tried and true "envelope" method. The Preacher gave me x amount of money for veggies and bread and the occasional Coke for each week in October. Now we'll see just how much we've been spending here and there on the little things.
It seems ridiculous to think that we'll get enough for a new van doing this, but I know it works. Nickle and dime savings helps more than we think it does.