He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored. Prov. 13:18
Being frugal with God's money is not at all being cheap, it is a smart thing. God calls us to be wise with what He has blessed us with. For some it's a breeze, for others it takes a process to learn to be frugal. We were so blessed the last few years, we had two incomes and we didn't have to pay childcare or rent. We made some bad financial decisions in our lives but God has helped us learn from our mistakes.
As a lot of you may already know and from my previous posts I no longer work but am a full time stay at home mom. Obviously without an extra income budgeting would be a part of our daily lives. We had to cut down many things like our grocery budget, eating out/entertainment and cable, which my husband already thought about before because he didn't want us spending 24 hours in front of a dead TV.
When working out our finances I was stressed out and worried, I thought I needed to go back to work or find a night job so we didn't have to spend on childcare, how are we going to manage? So many worries went on in my brain. But soon we realized "wow, God gave us just enough.". Enough that I didn't have to work, enough to pay bills and spend on groceries! That's all we need, we just need to spend wisely with our Father's help and everything will be ok. God wanted me to stay at home with the children, He didn't want me to find another job and He was basically shouting at us to wake up and not worry because He will always provide!
He blessed us with so much little extra's here and there, from the grocery blessing (post here) to extra cash here and there. It's so amazing our Father knows exactly what we need. He was there to teach us that our foolish spending ways needed to stop and learn to live frugally and be appreciative of everything He's given us. We need to be wise stewards of His money.
Do you live frugally? How is God providing for your family needs?