I am learning the hard way that you cannot expect to go any further than where you are at this precise moment, if you cannot be thankful for where you are at this precise moment. Why would God give you more, if you do not appreciate what you already have. I am also finding, however, that this is deeper than gratitude. Its an entirely different way of viewing the world. Seeing the positive, the life, the meaning in the most mundane tasks, and issues, is how you become a better person. Feel the life in everything around you, see the hidden blessings in things that seem negative, and you will suddenly be a much happier person. Only seeing how horrible something is, keeps you from learning the lessons you need to learn, and keeps you from being happy. You are the one in control of how you view things.
I live in a very small town, and want to save money. I have been doing my research, and what I have found is that scouring the sales ads, and matching your coupons to those sales is where the biggest savings are at. However, if you live in a rural area like me, you may only have one or two stores to choose from. In my town we have a Sav-a-Lot which is a big savings store that sells offbrand products, but is very small with absolutely no variety. Its best for getting quick things, and sometimes meat that isnt on sell in other places, or buying quick fix items such as chicken nuggets if you dont have coupons, or a stock pile of them already. We have a Houchens, a Walgreens, a Rite Aid, and of course a Walmart. What most people dont realize is that Walmarts in rural areas will price match up to the nearest store of that type, for example if you have a Meijer in your state, but it is 70 miles away Walmart will still match its prices. So I am a huge believer in price matching at Walmart. However, Walmart does NOT double coupon, so if a sale is going on at a store that double coupons, and you have a coupon for it, and it is near enough to you, you are better off buying that item at the store the sale is at. Also Walmart will not price match when a sales ad from another store says “Buy one get one free” or “Buy one get one half off” unless the original price is listed, so for this type of sale you are better off going to the store itself. I have also found that most of Walmarts employees in the smaller towns are great about doing the price matching, and some of them know about sales you may have missed, and will help you with that. Let them know up front that is what your plan is, and they are great about helping. I must say though that a younger cashier is much nicer about doing it than an older one in my experience. I will post more as my journey on saving money, couponing, and price matching continues.
I am mildly annoyed, because I pinned a picture of an awesome stove on pinterest. After doing this I received a comment that said “but if you own that you will have to do a lot of cooking and baking, have you read the feminine mystique?”. So after reading said comment I went and looked up The Feminine Mystique apparently it is a feminism book, which is all fine and good, however I would like to know when it became anti-feminist to do things that you love to do. I love cooking, baking, taking care of my family, spending time with my husband, decorating my home, and being a homemaker in general. I dont love this just because my gender or society told me I should. I love it, because I am a nurturer, and I was just geared this way. Just because I love doing this doesnt mean I am some how oppressed. In fact I am well known for being quite the opposite. I am known for being blunt, caring, speaking my mind, while actually helping others to heal. So in a way my nurturing capacity has helped me in my career field more than anyone could imagine.
I also take pride in what I love to do. I am proud that I am a wife, and a mother, and in fact if I was able to have more children I would. The reason I am going on this rant is because I feel that some women think that just because they are a homemaker, or have a “womans” role they are somehow betraying their gender. Well let me tell you there is nothing more important or less anti feminist than being a homemaker. Homemakers are the Goddess of the home. There is a reason women were worshiped as Goddesses, and that Goddesses were so predominant in pre-Christian times. Its because they were the healers, the wise women, the people the men couldnt wait to come home to after a long day of hunting and gathering, the reason they felt comfortable, well fed, they were also the life givers, the caretakers and so much more. It is great for a woman to be something besides a homemaker too, but for those who are called to do that job, dont ever feel like you are less than, because some person on a high horse tells you, you shouldnt be a homemaker because it betrayers your gender. You are important, you are needed and you are the ultimate in femininity, and were once worshiped for your abilities to make a house a home!
Okay I must confess I have fallen into the pinterest trap, it is very addictive. I have also been doing some research on SHTF, or Preppers as they call it sometimes. These are sites that teach you how to prepare for doomsday, the apocalypse, or natural disaster survival. So these sites have some great ideas, but some people arent thinking this through. They pin them for when they need them…well ummm hello if the world ends there will not be electricity, internet, or pinterest. So unless you are actually going to these blogs, and printing out their advice to have a hard copy of, just pinning their advice will do you absolutely no good. Just my FYI for the day!
PS as a psychic I can tell you I dont see you needing this advice anytime in the next year, but I cannot see more than a year away with things like this so dont worry if I feel that you need to worry I will let you know!