Money Saving Monday: Lower Your Expectations

I write a lot about different ways to save money. I am a firm believer that most people have areas of their budget that they can cut costs from. What if you can’t? What if you are already living bare bones, no wiggle room, down on your luck? Maybe it’s by choice, maybe it’s not. You lost your job, you chose to stay home with the kids, you had an emergency that ate all your income, etc. Point is, you don’t need money saving tips because you are already doing all you can. Frugality is a way of life for you. You have signed up for every survey company, started a money making blog, and are using your talents to make more money and it still just isn’t enough.

What now? At this point all you can do is change your expectations. Now this isn’t The Secret. I’m not telling you that with the power of positive thinking all of your dreams will come true. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t…but a change of mindset and expectations can do a lot for your self esteem. It might not fix your situation, but hopefully it will make you feel better about it.

Here are a few tips to help you change your expectations and your frame of mind in this season of your life:

  1. Remember that this IS just a season of your life. You didn’t have these struggles before and it’s Saving Monday Blog Hoplikely with hard work and perseverance you won’t have them again. Temporary is the word you need to focus on. This is temporary.
  2. When our lives are simpler and less full of “stuff” we have more time for the things that really matter. Faith, family and friends are really all we need. Become a frugal mommy and pursue more family oriented fun. You don’t have to spend big bucks to enjoy the things that matter most in life.
  3. Focus on what is going right. Chances are if you are reading this on the internet…you have some good things going on in your life and you aren’t living under a bridge.
  4. Try not to compare the past to the present. Chances are in your younger days you didn’t have the responsibilities you have now. You remember those party days when you could go to a movie every weekend and eat out every night. Those days are gone. If you really think about it, they probably weren’t as fulfilling as you are romanticizing them to be anyway. So try not to compare.
  5. Know you aren’t alone. There isn’t a one of us that hasn’t felt the effects of today’s tough economy. No matter whom you are, gas still costs more than it used to. Bread and milk are still more expensive than they used to be, no matter if you are living in a tiny apartment or a huge mansion.

I will say, as a Christian…I’ve never been so down that God couldn’t lift me right back up. Prayer and faith have gotten me through some of my darkest days. My life is been far from tragedy free and my faith has pulled me through all of it. Never discount the power of prayer.

I’m no financial guru. We don’t make 6 figure incomes or have oodles of cash in our bank account. I’ve been working our budget from one income for years now. We still make mistakes, overspend and have tough times. So if you ever need help, advice or even a shoulder to cry on…email me heather @

Do you have any great money saving tips to share this week? Link them up in the linky, or just leave a tip in the comments!
I have decided to change things up a bit this week and open up the hop to general participation. Which means you DON’T have to link up a money saving tip post. Just hop and have fun!

This is a blog hop! Here are the rules:
1. You must follow me…the host. It’s only fair!

2. Link up the main page of your blog OR your Money Saving Monday post…no giveaways, facebook, twitter, etc. and no adult content

3. Have fun!

So link up! You don’t have to post about the hop…but I’d love love LOVE if you did and left me a comment showing me where to find it! Please tell your friends about this hop too!

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Heather is the creator and owner of Family Friendly Frugality. She calls Texas home and is married to her best friend. With 2 children 22 months apart, she has her hands full. So full that she decided to start blogging as a hobby. That hobby blew up into a full time job. Now she's got the husband, the kids and the blog. We're not exactly sure what she was thinking, but she's too busy for us to ask. Find Me On Google +

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