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:
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.
http://www.oneprettything.com/ has all kinds of craft ideas from kids to adults, from knitting to gift ideas
http://www.hp.com/hho/hp_create/ HP creative site for picture crafts and more
http://cp.c-ij.com/en/ Canon creative park has all kids of paper crafts
http://www.craftjr.com/ lots of ideas for kids
http://www.familyfun.go.com/ 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.