Buying things at really good prices or getting them for free makes me happy.
**NOTE** A while back, an acquaintance read a post of mine wherein I mentioned praying for some needs we had, and she came away with the impression that our family was entirely destitute, and went to my pastor about it, and suggested that she or he or someone should do a fundraiser of some sort for our family. Um, please don’t do that. Yes, it can be trying, living on one income, and yes, we occasionally have needs that go unmet, but usually, it’s more like wants that go unmet, and I am — by no means — complaining about my lot in life. God continually provides for our family.
Going over-budget depresses me. O, groceries! Why must thou be so expensive??
Offsetting the funk that grocery-shopping put me in, on Wednesday night, are these:
- We have a hand-me-down of a hand-me-down for an entertainment center. I do not know how old it is, but it has certainly outlived its life-expectancy. We’ve had it for six or seven years, and we are the third owners. The doors are falling off (we’ve repaired them countless times), the whole thing is made of particle board, and it’s a light maple color, unlike anything else in our home. It is a veritable monstrosity. Still. It’s hard to say, “Yeah, I really need an entertainment center!” We need things like kids’ shoes and to pay our electricity. We don’t need an entertainment center. I’ve had a search going, via RSS, on Craigslist, for over a year, hoping to find something that is just right and which costs about $50 or less, is a darker shade of wood, has at least some closing doors, and which will fit our TV, which is 30″ wide. Not too surprisingly, I haven’t found anything. A couple of weeks ago, though, I started praying for an entertainment center. Hesitantly, I prayed thus: “OK, Father. I know that an entertainment center is not high on the
list of priorities, and I really feel like maybe it might even be… wrong, somehow, to pray for an entertainment center. But I really need Your help finding one, because I’ve not been able to.” Well, lemme tell you, I feel really cared-for by my God, because what should pop up on Freecycle yesterday??? The lady apologized for it being five years old and dusty. Um, I don’t care. It’s free. It’ll fit our TV. And, it’s a whole, whole lot nicer than the one we have. BLESS GOD!! And a friend of ours, a strong Phoenix policeman, lives right by the current owner’s house, and is going to help my hubby load it. 🙂 I’m tickled.
- There is a song that so resonates with me right now. I sing it at the top of my lungs in the truck, whether or not anyone else is with me. It’s called Your Love is Strong, and was originally done by Jon Forman (of Switchfoot), though I first heard it by the Robbie Seay Band. The song is a summary of the Sermon on the Mount, and there’s a lyric in it that says “…the flowers, better dressed than any girl on her wedding day / So why do I worry? Why do I freak out? / God knows what I need / He knows what I need…” This song both ministers to me and convicts me. Anyway. So, another thing I recently prayed over, after initially freaking out, is for God’s provision for clothes for my five children for the winter. Thankfully, we do get a LOT of hand-me-downs, but there are always one thing or another that needs to be purchased. This year, among other things, we really needed pants and jeans for Audrey, as she had not one pair — lots of winter dresses, tops, tights, and about five jackets, but no long pants. And, voila! There was a Craigslist posting, and the lady happened to be literally a mile down the road from where I go to small group. So, last night, I went and picked them up. It wasn’t the cheapest Craigslist find, but I feel really good about what I got for the money I spent. Four pairs of jeans and four pairs of corduroys. Eight pairs, thirty dollars. And, they’re all nice brands, and in excellent condition. Two of the jeans are Guess. New, they’d be $25 each, at a minimum! Of course, Audrey’s favorite are the hot pink sparkly corduroys from The Children’s Place. (Same as these used ones on Ebay for $9.99 plus $3.85 shipping!)
- I have begun a (slow) process of trying to eliminate more plastics from our home, especially for food storage. Glass, how I love thee! How I have always loved thee! But, glass… did you know how expensive you are???? ~sigh~ Today, though, shopping at Ross for, among other things, Fiala’s birthday present — She is two years old, today! Happy birthday to the sweetest member of our family! — I got sucked into the homegoods section. Goodness. I could easily have plunked down a couple hundred bucks on all the things that caught my eye! I was looking, dreaming, yet keeping myself composed until I saw these refrigerator carafes, at right. There were two of them on the shelf, one with a red cap, the other with blue. $2.99 each. They’re rather an odd size, 1300 cc, or 43.5 oz. But, I’m very happy to have them. I think they are wonderful.