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This has been our kids' sleeping arrangement for almost two years. They are 11, 9, and 7.
Some people would say we are terrible parents for living in a house where they all have to share a room and don't have a lot of their "own space". But here's the truth: Our kids were little when we made a LOT of financial and personal sacrifices to get to the place where we are now. They don't remember those days.
We now have a lot more wiggle room in our budget and they get to enjoy things we never imagined we'd be able to afford for them -- like swim team and figure skating and even an international trip to South Africa last year.
However, we don't want them to grow up thinking that everything will be handed to them. We want them to experience short-term sacrifices for long-term benefits.
So we've chosen to continue to rent a house that has less than ideal sleeping arrangements (along with a long list of other "less than ideal" things) because it allows us to be able to save aggressively and give generously.
Our goal is to be able to pay cash for a house here in TN in the next two years and our kids know that if and when that happens, they will each get their own room. But until then, we're learning contentment in the house that we're in and being grateful for the many things about it that we love -- like the wonderful neighbors, a beautiful kitchen, and a great backyard.
Our hope is that these lessons in contentment will be something our kids will carry with them for the rest of their lives -- no matter where they live.
(By the way, I don't stress about beds being made perfectly, as you can tell!! ;))
#contentment #frugal #moneysavingmom #home
I have a phrase I use when I'm needing to "introvert"... I say that I'm "all people-d out". ;)
Can anyone relate to this??? ;)
Hahaha! Some of you fellow introverts might be able to relate to this! :)
Is frugality worth it? What do you think? ow.ly/GpFPX