I figured I would start this blog with a post about why I’m here. I never really knew it, but I was instilled with the idea of “simple living” from the time I was a child. My parents lived simply out of necessity. When there is little money you figure out what you can live without. There were no paper towels in our house. We ate out very little, so most of our meals were home cooked. My parents didn’t have new cars all of the time. For a long time we only had the basic, free channels for television. I was taught that credit cards were evil.
Anyway, I got married at a young age and most of what I learned growing up has stuck with me. My husband has always had a completely different mindset, though. We were at odds over how our money should be spent.
After enduring over a year of a struggling business, my husband has decided to finally start college. Our income is much less than it used to be. In fact, I am currently without much work myself. (I am a freelance writer.)
It’s time for us to get back to basics and try to survive the best we can with what we have. We have debts to pay off and two small children to raise. This blog is about our journey to a simpler life.
I hope to write about the frugal things we do to save money around here, as well as some of the things I have started doing to reduce our impact on the earth. We aren’t exactly an “all natural” family so you won’t find me pounding the idea of organic-only this or that, but we are trying to change things a little bit at a time.
Maybe there is a lesson for us in the cards we have been dealt. I truly believe that a simpler life leads to a peaceful life.