I think we all know that it is a "risky scheme" to depend on the government to help you out or save you. So have you thought about what you can do to not only be frugal, but also to make your family more self reliant?
There are so many ideas on frugality. One website I like to frequent is Dollar Stretcher. The Simple Dollar is another interesting read.
Here is the true take on frugality and being self-reliant, you have to change your mindset.
1. You have to know that you will NEVER be able to keep up with the Jones'. There will always be people who make more money than you, who spend more money than you and who have more things than you.
2. You cannot get too attached to stuff. Stuff breaks, gets lost or must be replaced. It is just stuff even if it is a 100 year old vase that your Great Aunt Millie gave you.
3. Vegetables from your garden taste SO much better than vegetables from a store. Canned green beans that you canned yourself taste so much better than the ones you buy at Wal-mart (Heidi may dispute me on this). Don't have a yard - grow a container garden. Check out Square Foot Gardening. At the very least grow your own herbs and salad greens.
4. Use cash or at least don't buy things on credit if you can. Be purposeful about your spending and have a plan - I think we have went over this before. Two words - Dave Ramsey - enough said.
5. Stay home - there I said it. If you are single, well you do have to work to eat so you probably can't exactly stay home. If you are married with children please pick at least one spouse to stay at home and care for the home - make it a haven for your family to want to come to and live in. Make caring for it a priority. Make your spouse and your children a priority. Argue with me if you want, but I can guarantee you will have a more pleasant calm life and your whole family will be happier.
6. Bake something for goodness sakes. Learn to cook and make things from scratch. The satisfaction is great, the taste is even better! I could go on and on and on and on about this for days, but I will stop there.
7. Go to a thrift store, shop on E-bay or Craig's list. Shopping at thrift stores are second nature to me, but I know some people get VERY nervous about wearing clothes that other people have worn. Wash it in hot water, dry it and then get over it. I'm just saying . . .
There are a million ways we can be frugal and that we can rely more on ourselves. I posted this on my other blog, but it is such a wonderful verse that I wanted to share it here:
Proverbs 30:8-9 . . . give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Now, share with me your stories of frugality and self-reliance. What do you do in the name of being frugal?