Tuesday, September 20, 2011


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do, are in harmony.” - Gandhi

We all have 24 hours in a day. There are a multitude of choices to make in every minute. Deciding to have a No Spend Challenge has taught us that there is a world of opportunity in each decision that we make. Taking the challenge to only spend $15 a day taught us creativity, the importance of appreciating what we currently have and the ability to know the difference between a want and a need. These principles could be applied to money, weight loss and giving (whether work, home or charity).
A 3 lb package of ground round made into more than one meal. Tacos, Spaghetti, chili, meatloaf and sloppy joe bbq sandwiches all made from a single package. Never let an item go to waste in the refrigerator. Reinventing leftovers saves cash and eliminates waste.
Losing weight can be a fun challenge filled with adventure. Train for a race, take a bike ride with a friend, or simply do a set amount of push-ups or crunches while watching the morning news.
Giving and working can be creative outlets. Love what you’re doing, and suddenly you are doing what you love. Simplify one item at a time. We’ve been learning that if we don’t Love it, then it shouldn’t be given space in our lives.
·       Old Aprons,
·       Butternut Squash,
·       1940s Music-Dean, Frank and Judy,
·       Old Bicycles,
·       Candles,
·       Farm Fresh Eggs,
·       Autumn,
·       Pearls and Sweater Sets,
·       Antique Books,
·       Hammocks and wind chimes
These are some of the things that belong in my world. Other items may be lovely, but are more suited to someone else. Simply give them away.
Auctions, Thrift Stores, Yard Sales, Produce Auctions, State Parks, Museums, Libraries, Universities,  Book Stores and Radio and Newspaper games all offer opportunities for frugal fun. Check your local papers, online and newsletters for upcoming events in your area. Universities, for example, often have world renown speakers open to the public for free.
Enjoy your abundant blessings~


  1. Love the frugality part of this post. If you don't love it, let it go to make room for what you do love. I'll have to think on this more I realize my days aren't taken up with things I love to do!

  2. I'm still working on weeding out things that don't belong here too, Sharon. Two or three things at a time out the door just feels fantastic to me. It all adds up, and it leaves room then for those things that we truly do love.~ Blessings

  3. That's awesome that you were able to live off of $15/day! We take so much for granted, so stepping back & living off less gets your priorities back in order don't they?

  4. Carla, It does get our priorities in order. Forces creativity and ingenuity to kick in too :) There is something to living on a budget, especially when it may not be absolutely necessary, that is so liberating. We can then help others who are in need from our own surplus, even if it isn't a huge amount.