Sunday, September 30, 2012

Update and WHY we do things

It is WAY past time to post. Last week Austin's family came to visit. It was very nice to see them again and we got to meet our new little nephew (he's almost 2 months old already!), living 1,500 miles apart means that we don't get to see them all too often so it is such fun when we get to. Some friends and I are starting a weekly "study". We are going through "The Good Wife's Guide" and just discussing it and how to be a more Godly woman. So hopefully I will have some thoughts and such to pass on to you all, throughout the study.

One quick thought from the book I've been reading lately "Raising Real Men" by Hal and Melanie Young. "The first generation loves God and does right, so they teach the next generation to do right, but maybe they neglect to explain why they do it. The second generation may teach their children to do right but they can't explain why. The third generation has no idea why their parents did things, so they seek their own path."
This is something my husband and I have seen all too often with friends and acquaintances of ours. There are so many well meaning parents who taught their children that they should do this and that, but they never taught them WHY. Perhaps that is because they themselves were never taught WHY, but now their own children have no clue as to why they do what they do and they therefore start doubting the need to do those things at all and start doing whatever they want and how they want to do it.
It is so vitally important to teach our children the right things and WHY we do them. They need a rock solid basis for their beliefs or once they get old enough to think it through themselves, it might not mean anything to them anymore; simply because they never knew WHY they did it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Savings on clothing!!!

Well, today I'm showing you some of my recent purchases that I am SO excited about. First of all is this Silver brand jean jacket and Born brand shoes.
When I was in high school Silver jeans were my absolute favorite jeans, but they were EXPENSIVE and I've seen this jacket for sale for like $90-$100. I bought it from a lady on a local site that said she had only worn it a couple of times and I believe it, because I would never know it wasn't new! I paid $25 for it! WOOHOO for saving money!!! Even at the lowest original price that is a savings of $65!!!
The shoes are Born brand which I had never heard of. I decided I needed a pair of casual shoes for winter that weren't cowboy boots or dressy boots so I went on EBay to search for the "perfect" shoes. I saw several different types of Born shoes and liked them so looked them up online and they appear to sell anywhere from $65-$90 new. These said they had a small chew mark in their description, but I never did find it in the pictures and when they came in the mail it took me a while to find it then too. (I've decided if it took me that long to find it when I was looking for it, no one will notice it when their on me feet!) They also look new, except for the small chew mark and I paid like $9.38 for them! Again, at the lowest original price, that is a savings of $55.62!  Did I mention I LOVE saving money!

I have been holding out on getting a couple of plain long sleeved shirts for this winter, trying to find the best price. These two shirts were for sale at a local store and were priced at $9.99, which is not a bad price for a shirt. This store is going out of business though and has been marking down there prices more and more the past few weeks, so I kept waiting. Well last week while I was in the store looking at them, one of the employees told me that they were getting ready to change the sign because they were now 30% off. That made them $6.99 each! I decided it was time to buy them! A savings of $6.00 total! Then I've also been wanting to add a scarf or two to my wardrobe because they are so nice to add to an outfit, but I refuse to pay $10-$12 for a strip of cloth! This scarf was originally $12 and it was marked down to $5.00, but was also 30% off. So that made the end price $3.50!! That is a price I'm willing to pay for a strip of cloth!!!! Savings of $8.50!
My savings on ALL of these purchases were $171.62!!!
This goes to show that you can get next to new items for a fraction of the cost if you just keep your eyes open. I bet if I hadn't told you the jacket and shoes were used,  you would have NEVER known! Also, if you are a smart shopper, you can get new items at a fraction of the cost also...why pay full price!?!
I'd love to hear some of YOUR money saving stories...leave me a comment!