This past month I got these freebies – one in the mail, the other I went and picked up myself. The Dave Ramsey books were part of a promotion at Money Saving Mom as she released her first book, The Money Saving Mom’s Budget. If you purchased her book on that particular day and and were one of the first 200 people to email your picture with the receipt, you got this great starter package from Dave Ramsey. Even though I was still in my pajamas, I was one of the first 200 – I was really excited to get the package, and hope to reread the book and use the cash envelopes. I think it is also awesome that Crystal is donating 100% of proceeds from the book.
The black tube is a Geobin compost bin that is offered for free to Shawnee county households – worth $54 retail. Once the weather warms up a bit, I hope to start composting all of the produce scraps we’ve been throwing out so far.
And the baby . . . ? With a double coupon, I was able to get him for free too in the Target clearance section, though he seems to require a lot of hidden add-ons and additional purchases over time ;).
In addition to these things, my mom sent me four boxes of craft supplies as she cleaned out her storage. I’ve unearthed all sorts of cool things like a light box, baskets, fabric, embroidery floss and hoops, and even a bunny my mom made when I was a kid. My poor mom – I really didn’t appreciate all of her handiwork back then, and would take all of the pre-assembled bunny legs she had in her craft area and make them stick out under heavy objects like the Wicked Witch of the East. Who knows what trouble I’ve earned for myself now that I have three boys to hide my own craft projects from.
The reason I like to write about these kinds of things is to remind myself of how many ways God is blessing us without necessarily giving us money. Kimberly Eddy wrote in her book, “Thriving on One Income,” that even though it is good to have a budget and stick to it, we can’t always control the numbers, and if we place the budget in a place where it dominates our thinking, it can become almost an idol. I struggle with this a lot, because I’m a numbers geek and like to save and meet financial goals, and things like an unexpected traffic ticket or visit to the ER can really stress me out, but if there’s anything I’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that God does take care of us, even if it doesn’t work out on paper.