Thursday, February 4, 2010

My Current Read(s)...

Well, along with my ever present daily time reading God's Word, here are some others I'm currently reading...

Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey
by the ladies of

This very informative read about the ins-and-outs of couponing is also quite humorous. I have found myself, and my renewed couponing habit, on many of scenarios on the pages of this book already. In case you don't get the title, this is what you would say to the poor person(s) who get in line behind you as you whip out your multitude of coupons and price match advertisements. So, in your best Southern Drawl you'd just say, "You might want to 'Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey'."

Another book I'm muddling my way through at the moment is
Your Money Or Your Life, by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin.

The jist of this book so far, is just the art of thinking through your purchases as it relates to the time of your life spent to make what you spent. Or, if - God forbid - you charged it, how long will you have to work to pay that off with interest!!! In other words, let's say you make $25.00 per hour in your career, which equates to an annual gross of $52,000.00/year. If you go to the store and drop $200.00 on a hand bag, you gave an entire day of your life to work for that!!! One whole day of your life, gone, for a purse!!!???? Or a coat??? Or a pair of shoes? Or a piece of sporting equipment?? Or a ___________________ (fill in the blank with your favorite purchases). It helps me remember, when I'm tempted to splurge on something for the kids, instead of buying at consignment shops, or really watching for sales AND couponing - just how many hours did Daddy have to work for us to go to the mall this particular trip. That's days of his life spent away from us! Sobering thoughts indeed, and I think you get the point.

There are a number of other books I'm currently reading, but sticking with our money saving theme, I'm only sharing these few.

Continuing to learn about how to save even more, by spending even less,
and as always -
Abiding in His grace,


JunkerJorge said...

I read 8 true crime novels in a row last week

Kristin said...

I think about how many hours of work it takes to pay for some stuff. Sometimes it makes me sick-- that's when it is something that you can't really avoid paying for. That is why I cut hair on everybody at our house. I hate to pay for it. I love thrift stores. It is especially fun when you find something really great!

Lori McGuire said...

Oh boy John, you leave me speechless sometimes...

I know what you mean, I love to get bargains. My big bookcase in the front living room of our home is a painted thrift store find for $99.00. It is my absolute favorite piece of furniture!!!

Years ago, we were in a little small country church and we had a new pastor come in. We wanted to fix him up a little study at the church, but couldn't afford anything. So we painted the bookcases for him in a dark brown to look more like real wood. Then my friend and I went to the Thrift Store, prayed for bargains outside in the parking lot before we went in, and literally walked in and found some nice accessories and a dark burgandy recliner!!! Someone from the church donated a jewel toned loveseat, and there it was! He loved it, and we were so proud of our the finds the Lord sent our way!

Kristin said...

I am glad your brown paint turned out better than my attempt. When we were first married I wanted to paint my bookcase to look more like wood. Only the color I picked turned out to be a hideous orange!!! Oh well, it made a conversation piece.
I am always proud of a good bargain or a do it yourself project (one that turns out well anyway.)

Lori McGuire said...

Amen to that Kristin!