Friday, March 6, 2009

How We Got Here, Part 1

Do you ever look at your life and wonder, "How did I get here?" Lately I've been asking myself that question about the frugal, deal-seeking, coupon freak fan I have become.

Less than a year ago, I would have told you that yes, I liked to save money. But coupons were those pretty papers that I threw out with the newspaper and my idea of thrifty was filling up my diet coke to the brim when I left McDonald's.

Now I'm making my own baby food. Whaa--what?!

In fact, a friend e-mailed me today after reading my blog and asked me what has happened to me. How did I become so interested in this world of saving money?

And so, I've been thinking. How did I get here? It's a really good question to ponder.

For those of you who don't know, my husband was laid off almost a year ago. Since that time, we have experienced a variety of new and different life situations, including the birth of our second son, some temporary employment positions, and months of no job at all.

This, of course, was the kick in the pants that I needed to begin seeking out new ways to cut costs in just about every year of our lives. I really didn't want to. But I had to.

So, I guess that's how I got here.

But wait, there's more...

Because in the past year, in spite of both cars breaking down and me giving up my job, and the birth of a new baby, and our vacuum cleaner going on the fritz and life happening, we have managed to make it without ever having to touch our savings.

And it wasn't because of all the extrabucks I earned at CVS.

I'm thinking about taking a trip down the road aways to explore 'how we got here'. It's sure to include glimpses of my childhood, my life as a poor m.k. college student, and my marriage into the Ehret family. In fact, I've asked Wes if he'd like to share a 'guest post', which promises to be fun.

Mostly, I think it will be about a journey down the path of God's grace.

Wanna come?


stephanie said...

Looking forward to reading about this! Also, speaking of coupons, I just found this site-

Sharon said...

AWESOME! Just stumbled on your site and truly enjoyed it. Perhaps it's because I can relate -- I've got a little guy who is almost one. Crazy ride, huh? But God is GOOD.

I'm gonna add my email to your subscribers and look forward to your musings.


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