Friday, August 15, 2008

Frugal Fridays: Saving For A Special Purchase

This year, I've been saving to buy a grain mill. This is a kitchen tool that I believe will be well worth its cost in terms of nutrition and should serve us well for years to come.

When it comes to small kitchen appliances though, grain mills are not cheap. I have had my eye on them for a while now and knew I simply couldn't afford to just buy one.

At the beginning of this year, I decided to start saving for it. I figured it would take at least a year or even more before I could have enough saved. But surely I would save more by starting a little grain mill fund than by just thinking about how much I wanted it!

I purposed to save a portion of my "play money" each month. (We budget for my husband and I to each have a small amount of fun money every month. We can spend this money however we please.) I also saved my birthday money and a small amount of our tax refund that was mine to do with as I wanted.

Surprisingly, my meager contributions each month started adding up and now 8 months later, I am only about 2 months away from purchasing my grain mill!

Proverbs 13:11 says "Dishonest money dwindles away but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow."

This not only applies to small purchases like a grain mill but also to larger goals such as building a savings account or saving for a house.

So if you think that you cannot save any money, take a good look at your budget and see if there is any way you might be able to save even a little bit of pocket change each month. Small amounts of money eventually add up too and before you know it, you too will have reached your goal!

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thehomespunheart said...

Mary Ann - this is great! A grain mill is something I've been contemplating too and you are right, they aren't cheap! I think this is a great accomplishment that you will be able to bless your family with your wise saving. (Prov. 31:16 comes to mind!)

Rachel said...
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Rachel said...

Good for you! It seems when we save for things, getting the item is all the sweeter. The Lord provided an amazing price for a grain mill and mixer for me via Craigslist last year and I pray He will work out a similar situation for you.

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

Your mill will seem even better knowing that you worked so hard to get it. Great job! ~Wendi