Sunday, January 17, 2010

2009 Lessons Learned

2009 was a little bit of a tough year. By deciding not to go back to work, I cut our annual income almost by half. The adjustment to that has been tremendous.

With that change has come a few lessons I have learned. I would like to share some resources I have found and even some people who's story I have found very moving.

Lesson 1 - Saving Money
Not using coupons is throwing away money. It takes a little bit of time, but the savings can really add up. When you combine a coupon with a store sale, you can get stuff for pennies or free. I like to buy the sunday paper every week and then I use the sites below as well.

Load coupons onto your store rewards cards:

Print coupons:

Product sites that give coupons:

Lesson 2 - Staying Busy
I am not a fan of house work, so I like to find other things to do. I enjoy paper crafts and teaching myself to sew. has all kinds of craft ideas from kids to adults, from knitting to gift ideas HP creative site for picture crafts and more Canon creative park has all kids of paper crafts lots of ideas for kids a great place disney crafts and recipe ideas

Lesson 3 - TV for free
Not live TV, but a great place to catch up on some shows.

Lesson 4 - Pray for Others
We all have hard times, we all have our own difficulties, we all have our moments of doubt. I really believe that prayers are a powerful thing. I cannot tell you exactly how I came to find these blogs, but I did. These are a couple of the people I pray for that I have never met. Their stories have really touched me.

I hope 2010 has even more lessons to teach me.

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