Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Heart of Frugality

Here's an interesting blog post on frugality by Tim Challies.  It's not what you might expect...

Excerpt: Over the weekend I came across some video of America’s self-proclaimed cheapest family. They got me thinking about frugality, a topic that is all the rage in Christian circles today (or at least in some Christian circles). I have discussed this issue once or twice in the past but want to return to it today. Why? Because a lot of people put a lot of effort into frugality and I think many of them do so without thinking deeply whether what they are doing is right or wrong. They are saving money and this must be good, right? I’m not entirely convinced. So hear me out.

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  2. It is good to see the flip side. It is a hot topic in this economy. I like that he applies time too. We need to be good stewards of that too.

    "Use it up, wear it out, make do or do with out."

    Life is better with less stuff. Though I do think a stockpile is similar to a harvest in biblical times and worth the effort (Proverbs 10:5) Buying used also helps the environment and a charity as well.

    Couponing could really help people, and help people to help others. We have cut our already tight food bill in half! There are a lot of things that are free or you can be PAID to buy, including diapers! This lets you donate more. Couponing is like a part time job, and "pays" as well as the one I had last year, but my children can join me and I can use my free time because it is fun.

    I could tell you so many stories of couponing and charity, but I have to run. Maybe I will post about it. :-) The article is good, but I don't think the author understands the extent couponing can take you, which 6 months ago, I didn't either. Oh, but I will use it when I talk about couponing at church because shows what ungodly frugality looks like. Thanks!

  3. PS,
    I have read America's Cheapest Family. Their book has really helped us manage our money - both lack of and windfall. They promote frugality as a way to:
    A- to pay of debt because being free from debt makes you more available to God
    B- so moms can afford to stay at home with their children
    C- so people will learn to live within their means
    D-to give more