Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Frugality - a way of life

A friend of mine shared this link with me, and it's so good that I simply had to pass it on to you. Excellent strategies and practical tips for us young wives with a growing family!

Just one word about haircuts at home: when you do it for the first time, make sure you tread carefully! I had my first attempt at cutting my husband's hair the day before Pesach. Pesach, as some of you may know, marks the beginning of Sefirat Ha-Omer, a period of seven weeks during which Jewish men do not cut their hair or shave - which means that now my husband has to live with the results of my work for a while. Of course, the only local barber seems to be even less proficient than me, so we had nothing to lose.

I have an announcement to share with you: my husband switched jobs. Things have been very shaky for a long while already at his old place of employment, and someone got fired every week. We feel very lucky that during this time of economical hardship, my husband was able to find a new job, and a more promising one financially, too. He got a car from work, which means that now we can sell ours and put some more money into savings.

My husband will be back from work any moment, so it's just a little hello for now. Hope to catch up with you soon.

Your friend,

Mrs. T

17 comments:

Bethany Hudson said...

Congratulations to your family on the new job! What a blessing.

My husband hates paying to get his haircut, but even though I cut our daughter's hair, he's too scared to let me try his :-P Maybe someday.

~Bethany

Joanna J. said...

Congratulations on your husband's new job! I know that you are very thankful for God's provision.

We had "haircut night" a few days ago with my family. After 13 years of practice, I've gotten pretty good at it! Haircuts around here are very expensive, so we've saved a lot of money over the years by doing it myself. For my haircuts, I go to a local beauty school and the trainees do a great job for about one-tenth the cost of a nice salon.

Blessings to you,
Joanna

Civilla said...

I cut the hair of everybody in my family, including my own. The first time, however, that I cut my husband's hair, the electric shaver flew out of my hand, it was so fast, and put a "mail slot" in the back of his head. He was really angry, and wouldn't let me "fix" it by shaving the whole area closely. He went to church that way. I've gotten much better over the years. Being able to cut hair is a good life-skill and saves lots of money.

Rose said...

How good that Mr T has found a new and promising job! I am so pleased for the three of you. Regards, Rose

Front Porch Society said...

That is so awesome about your husband's new job and the company car they are providing him!! God answers prayers in the most amazing ways, doesn't he? May God continue to bless you and your family even through this difficult time in our economy. :)

MarkyMark said...

Anna,

Now that your DH has a company car, will that prevent you all from doing any traveling? My brother used to have one, and he could only use it for WORK ONLY! If he weren't going to & from work or some company activity, he couldn't use it. That's not to say that, if there were a grocery store on his route home that he couldn't use it; it is to say that, if he wanted to go to the movies with it, he could not. If he wanted to use the company car for non-company activities, then he had a deal where he could pay them a fixed rate for personal use. Does your DH's new employer allow this? Will this save you money?

That said, could you still keep your car? Would limiting its use save sufficient funds for your future goals? Or, for an extra fee, could he also use the car for personal use?

Oh, and I cut my own hair too. It saves money, no question about it.

MarkyMark

Shannon said...

Hi Anna, I am so glad that you were able to ditch some of the expenses associated with owning a car. I hope to sell mine in the near future. It is a total money pit. I am glad that your spouse was able to find employment. Here in Michigan, it is very hard to find stable employment. I am very happy for you and your family.

Brooke H. said...

Hi Anna! Congratulations on your husband's new job! I hope that you will both be more at peace with that situation, and that you will reap many benefits.

Deanna said...

You might want to hang onto your personal auto for a time to make sure things work out at the new job.

Nothing hasty...

Mrs. Anna T said...

Marky,

My husband can use the car all he wants, but there's a limited number of km that the company will fund. So if he exceeds that number, he will have to pay for the extra gas. He made sure, however, that a bit of "extra" km were included in the contract, so apart from going to and from work, we can also visit our parents and have other minor trips.

Rosemary said...

What great news about your husband's new job and the car! A company car really saves you money.
We have home-cut hair at our house, too. It saves so much money and time. It is always a good family time.

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jAne said...

What a blessing that our faithful God meets our every need in His way and time. So thankful for your husband's new employment and that your savings can be a bit more padded in the future with the sale of your vehicle. :o)

jAne
http://tickleberryfarm.blogspot.com

Bethany said...

Hi, Anna!
My mom cut her brothers' hair all through her high school career, and all of their friends too!
Now, she cuts all of my brothers' and sisters' hair, and my dad's too!
She must've saved hundreds of dollars over the years, and now she's teaching me too! Yay!

Gombojav Tribe said...

I cut all the hair in my family, except for mine. A friend does that. I had no idea what I was doing when I started. I just knew that the hair needed cutting and we needed the save the money. It's not a job that I particularly enjoy or one at which I am very good. So, when the budget grows I'm resigning as my husband's barber! LOL! I don't mind the kids, though, because their hair is curly and so it's much easier to cut.

Terry @ Breathing Grace said...

Congrats on your husband's new job, Anna. A blessing for your family, I'm sure.

Mrs. P said...

Your description of the home haircut experience made me chuckle. When I first started cutting my husband's hair at home, our sons absolutely did not want me coming anywhere near their hair with my clippers! I guess I was just that bad. LOL! But after almost 2 years experience, and a wonderful splurge on a good home set, you can't really tell the difference between my handiwork and the salon. Now if only I could get the nerve to cut my own...