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Monday, February 29, 2016

Living Well Spending Less

I know I mentioned a few weeks ago about how I am really working to
change some of my bad habits and stop spending so much time and money
worrying over all the stuff I think I have to have.  I am really
trying to be more content and over the last few weeks, as I have made
conscious effort to do this, I can honestly say that I feel more
content and just better about it all.

That being said, one of the books I ran across recently was Living
Well and Spending Less by Ruth Soukup.  I ran across her blog awhile
back and have really enjoyed reading many of her posts and using some
of her tools to not only reign in my spending and work on my budget,
but also to find that contentment and happiness to live better.  This
book is really great.  Not sure I would call it absolutely life
changing, but definitely very inspiring.  It really made me think
about what I bought and why I bought it.  She touches on a ton of
scripture and gives me challenges throughout the book that really make
stop and focus on the important things... not just the stuff in my

I am not going to touch on every point here because you can find it
all on her blog but there are a few of the challenges I want to pursue
in the next few weeks that I hope to share as I go through them
(mainly for the accountability part).

One is purging the stuff that I have in my home-- my house is full of
clothes and toys and all kinds of trinkets that I have collected over
the years.  Each week during the next month, I plan to clean out and
overhaul one area of my home.  I hope to give you an update as I go.
Week 1 - Toys
Week 2 - Kitchen
Week 3 -   Clothes
Week 4 - Garage
Week 5 - Junk Room

The other challenge she suggests that I really love but I am just not
quite committed enough to follow all the way through with it is her
Living Well, Spending Zero month.. meaning spending absolutely nothing
on anything but absolute essentials and some perishable food items.
No buying anything extra or eating out!  I am going to follow this as
close as I can but due to some events planned this month and just some
circumstances in our life at the moment (aka a big girl birthday
coming up and my child's rapidly growing foot), I am going to have to
tailor this a little but still plan to keep the spending at a very
minimum.  You can join in her real challenge here if you are really
interested www.livingwellspendingless.com

I highly highly recommend this book to anyone who has gotten sucked up
into the materialism of this world or if you are just wanting to
refocus your spending habits.  Not only does she give some great tips
on ways to do this, this book also helps us to learn how to be content
with what we have and truly live a better life.

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