With many of us Israelites having hectic schedules with family, studying, work etc… it can be hard to find the time and also hard to remember to have fun sometimes. We work so much to make money that is simply going to go from your hand to paying your bills. This was a curse given to us by the Most High for our and our forefathers disobedience.
Haggai 1:6; “Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.”
Now, we are not to make money our “god” but you do need to have a job to make money to provide for yourself and your family (if you are married).
2nd Thessalonians 3:10; “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
Ecclesiastes 10:19; “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.”
1st Timothy 6:10; “For the LOVE OF money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Besides being able to provide we need to remember to have fun and be happy.
Ecclesiasticus 30:22; “The gladness of the heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days.”
Taking time for meditation and time to relax is important for physical and mental stress.
Ecclesiasticus 38:24 “The wisdom of a learned man cometh by opportunity of leisure: and he that hath little business shall become wise.”
Ecclesiasticus 38:25 “How can he get wisdom that holdeth the plough, and that glorieth in the goad, that driveth oxen, and is occupied in their labours, and whose talk is of bullocks?”
In this article I will share with you some of the ways my family is able to afford what we need, some of our wants and our outings while getting paid once a month and never using credit cards.
1. Discipline and Organization
-On your calendar write down all the 7 Day Sabbaths, New Moons and Convocations for the month. (You can also download the calendar here: http://truenation.org/portfolio-view/calendar-20142015/)
I like to print it and post it at home but also rewrite it on other calendars around my home so there is no mistakes and I don’t double schedule.
-Write down all your monthly payments. (remember to include alms)
-Once all payments are accounted for and money is put aside for that and groceries, we save some for a rainy day, and figure out how much we are able to spend on clothes, shoes and outings.
2. I never pay full price for anything unless I absolutely have to (no I don’t go around trying to hustle anyone). I’m just always on the lookout for deals. After doing it for so long it’s easy to spot them.
-GROCERIES – Best day to shop is Wednesday not only will you be prepared for the Sabbath ahead of time but most markets have good sales especially on produce. I shop at Ralphs and Food 4 Less, I get a good deal on groceries and I use my club card to obtain points towards a discount on gas at all Shell gas stations. For each $100 worth of groceries you get 100 points and that earns you 10 cents off each gallon at the pump. (Tip – Eat, drink, and make a grocery list before you go shopping so you don’t start grabbing everything off the shelves that you don’t really need)
-SHOES – Our main store is WSS. I signed up for their savings card, which you can do at the store. At least twice a month I get a coupon I can use to save $15 or $25 off. They also have a point system, for every $200 you spend you get 200 points and that earns you $10. You can combine one coupon and your earned $10 or you can let your points accumulate. They also have a great clearance section that you can also use your coupons on.
-SCHOOL SUPPLIES – (My favorite) Mid-August is a good time to start looking for sales on school supplies. Dollar tree or 99 cents store is cheap but the quality is poor. After checking out many stores I now only go to Office Depot. Items are good quality at a great price. I pay 10, 25, 50 cents or $1 for certain things to prepare the kids for the school year, then Mid-September all school supplies go on CLEARANCE, I have paid anywhere from 1 to 10 cents per item. This is when I overstock. For the rest of the year I don’t have to shop for anything and I paid even less than I would have at a dollar store. Yes, I also have a savings card and I turn in my used ink cartridges for money back. 5 cartridges earn me $10. (Burlington Coat Factory carries brand backpacks that are very sturdy for under $15)
When we go to Dodger games I kill two birds with one stone. Not only do I get my tickets for under $10, I go on give-away days. In this picture my kids are sporting their Dodger Backpacks, the following week they got lunch bags.
-OUTINGS – You don’t need a lot of money to go out and have some fun. Sometimes all you need is gas money. You pack your food, snacks, drinks, and go on your way.
1. Try going to a park in another city. (Parking is free and kids love it!!)
2. The beach. (Parking is free on the street. You can enjoy the cool water, the sand in your feet, build a castle with the kids, play volleyball, and enjoy the sunset!!)
3. Go Camping! Breath some fresh air, enjoy the peace and quiet away from the city, go hiking, sit around a bon fire. Disconnect from EVERYTHING!! Most campgrounds in the San Gabriel Mountains are only $12 per night. It is so inexpensive. Just remember to bring all your camping necessities. All camping equipment goes on sale Mid-September since summer is ending. Best stores to try are Big 5, Target, and Walmart. If you wait until the beginning of October you might not find exactly what you want but what you do see will be about 75% off. All this you will be purchasing only once, if you take care of your equipment it will last you many years.
4. Museums. Most museums have a free day every month. Just go on their website to find out what day.
This is the Arboretum in Monrovia free every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Beautiful place with many trees, flowers, ponds, picnic areas, areas for kids to play, and it has mazes for kids to walk through. It is a very fun and peaceful place.
5. Movies. There are many theatres that are very cheap. For example: Regency Theatres in North Hollywood – Sunday & Tuesday $1.50, all other days only $3.00, Highland Theatre in Highland Park – Tuesday & Wednesday $4.00, all other days before 6pm only $5.00, Academy Cinemas in Pasadena – Wednesday after 6pm – drink, popcorn, ticket for $5.00, all other days tickets are $3.00. I’m sure there is some cheap ones in your neighborhood too.
For theme parks, Concerts, trips, games you can check out these websites. They are all legit. I have and continue to use them all.
Catalina Express offers free round trip to Catalina Island on your birthday!
Also every year in October is kids free month in San Diego. Restaurants, theme parks and hotels are free for kids!!
Santa Monica Pier Six Flags Magic Mountain San Diego Safari park
I hope this helps you as much as it helps me. Remember when going on your outings invite another family from your congregation it will help you get to know each other even better and will help build a bond.
Psalms 133:1; “BEHOLD, HOW good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
Lastly if you come across a deal share it here in the comments or send your fellow sisters a quick message. If you know me personally you know I have done that a few times. Sometimes sharing is caring.