At the end of Part 6 of Our Journey To Frugal Living, we had finally sold our house in Kentucky. With very little in savings, we were basically starting over financially. It was time to rebuild.
While it felt wonderful to be free, we were rather unsure of exactly how to look ahead. We were feeling burned by the whole house selling experience and didn’t really think we’d ever want to buy a house again.
Our initial goal was to just rebuild our emergency fund and begin to save to replace our cars which were getting older with high mileage. We also began to save for a family vacation.
While we’d made the best of the last few years, we’d also said “no” a lot so looking forward to a fun family vacation was something we wanted to do.
We had the budgeting skills down and knew what we needed to do to reach our goals and over time we reached them. The cars have been replaced, the emergency fund is built back up, and the vacation was taken. We began working on retirement savings again and set new goals for ourselves.
However, the last five years of rebuilding hasn’t really been about the financial goals. It has been about what God has done and continues to do in us to change us and our priorities. Frugal living has become much more than learning to stick to a budget. It has become our way of life because we want to make the most of what we’ve been given.
I have learned to cook from scratch and rediscovered the joy of baking which I have been able to pass on to my kids.
We have learned to let go of much of the stuff we held onto while the desire to simplify our lives has increased.
We have done our best to teach our kids how to manage their own money and live frugally in hopes that they will be good stewards of what they are given as well.
We have learned that ultimately we are just vessels for God to use for His plan and purpose.
We have learned and continue to learn to just trust God.
We had a lot of set backs during the rebuilding process but when they came our way we dealt with them and moved forward. That’s not to say we’ve never been discouraged by them, we have been. We just didn’t let them stop us from rebuilding.
Over the years, the dream of home ownership returned. The process to buy has been a slow one. We’ve been outbid on two houses and are still looking. However, we know what our budget is and we’re not going to pay too much for a house again. We learned that lesson and we are willing to wait.
We’ve come a long way in our journey to frugal living but it’s not over yet. There are new things to learn and new dreams to achieve. I’m looking forward to the road ahead.
Join me next week as I wrap up this series and share how frugal living works for our family in Our Journey To Frugal Living: Finding Our Way.
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