Sunday, August 30, 2009

Reflections

My blog has always been about the life of my family, and heavens knows that these kids have provided plenty of content. Gotta love that busy, cute little Emma. But lately, my thoughts are also filled with worries over money. I try not to include that stuff because honestly, it's a downer. But recently, I pulled my head out of my own little world and realized that I'm not the only one going through this. Duh. Sure, I've realized that people are suffering, how could I not? But something else struck me.

I'm not the only one.

If you follow me on Facebook, you've probably noticed that I've been working on ways to have money. This seems to consume a good part of my time. I've been blessed to have befriended many women who are much smarter than I in money saving areas. As I've pestered these women with my questions something else occurred to me:

I bet I'm not the only one interested in this information.

And being the giver that I am, I've decided to share. Starting tomorrow I'll be hosting Money Saving Madness which will feature guest blog posts from other woman who save money on their household expenses and are willing to offer us useful, practical tips. This will be a weekly series posted on Mondays, because let's start the week off right! Saving money. My plan is to implement the tips they offer and report back with my results. I want to hear your results too. What works for me might not work for you. But I also need something else from you. Ideas. What are YOU interested in saving money on? What would YOU like to see addressed? Maybe you'd like to do a post of your own! I have posts planned for the next four weeks, but after that anything and everything is fair game. Just email me at dms052564@gmail.com with ideas or suggestions.


11 comments:

Beth said...

hats off to you Denise! I will be watching for the posts! We haven't been hit too hard...because frankly we never had much...lol...but we are having to pay for 1/2 of middle dd's college expenseses and that is new to us! But.... thanks for doing this!

Kristin said...

I will look forward to your posts! What a great idea :)

~Issy said...

Denise, this is a fantastic idea. We have moved into a new house and decided to rent out our older house...but with that brings worries, too. I would love more ideas on how to save money...

We've decided that for Christmas, we are only buying gifts for the children in our extended families. Honestly, we all have enough stuff to choke a horse. We are planning to donate in our families name to an organization called Amazima Ministries (check out Katie's blog at kissesfromdatie.blogspot.com). We will save money by doing this as we won't end up buying stuff that no one really wants anyways! Plus, Katie, a 21 year old adoptive mother of 13 who lives in Uganda who developed this ministry can do more with this money that we ever could.

Another good idea...i'm so glad to see you blogging. I stalk you daily, you know... ;)

Much love to you...

Goosegirl said...

Denise, this sounds like a great series.
If you want sewing help, you know where to find me.

Jill said...

This is a MOST EXCELLENT plan...I am looking forward to it!

Nancy said...

What a great idea. With your bread posts on FB sounds like you could be another Melissa D'Arabian.

Jules said...

Great idea Denise! I know i'm interested. I've always lived month to month and carry a too-high balance on the the cards . . . and now I've got hosptial bills to deal with. So-i've already cut back on cable and grocery bills and internet extras-but I know there is more I can do . . .

Brandy said...

I agree, this was a fantastic idea! I look forward to seeing how others are saving money in this tough economy.

And I'd love to hear about this bread thing you got going on!

The Sharp Family said...

D, I will tell you one thing that we do and I am sure that we aren't the only ones to say this. Shannon and I both get paid every 2 weeks. Me on Tuesday and he on Wednesday. I make out a menu starting Wednesday. I give ourselves one night a week to eat out, which is usually Friday. I make my dinner menu for 2 weeks. That way there is no, "what do you want to eat.", "I don't care what do you want?". That usually ends up in pizza or Chinese, or somewhere else fast food. The calendar gives me and shannon the opportunity to take things out of the freezer and prepare them throughout the day. I do alot of crock pottin on the nights that I work. Hope this helps :)

Team Houston said...

I can't wait to learn some ideas!! Thanks, Michele

Geeta said...

Good thinking :)

I'm trying to be resourceful because I have a few upcoming trips planned and well, I'll be living on my own next May when college kicks me in the rear...

So I can't wait to read the ideas and see if I can alter them to work for me here at school

:)