Living with Less

November 18, 2011 in Hearts at Home,kids and money

Yesterday was a blog hop day over at Jill Savage’s blog. I ended up being gone all day yesterday and am just now joining the fun. The topic is to list five things we live without so our family can have more. Jill has a great book called, Living with Less So Your Family Has More. It is an inspiring book that I urge you to read. Being one of the last to join the hop, I am not going to list 5 things. It would just be a repeat of things that have already been said by other bloggers (check those out at the bottom of Jill’s post here). We do many of the same things others wrote about, eat out less, buy used cars, furniture and clothing, limiting vacations.

I am a little nervous here, nervous you will think we are not good parents. Not being good providers. Somehow saying we buy second hand seems applause worthy, but I am not sure if you will applaud this choice. ¬†Okay, deep breath before the topic reveal: we don’t have a savings plan for our girls to attend college.

There is simply no money to save in this way. Sometimes, I worry about potential debt my girls might incur, especially when I read articles chronicling the last few years of college tuition increases as state’s tighten their budgets. But then I remember that God is in control. The decision to live on one income was a decision we thought best for our family. I trust God to honor this decision. I don’t think He promises to provide debt-free education for my girls, but I trust that He can. And I know that my girls’ ability to follow God wholeheartedly in the future in no way depends on how much money I can save for college.

You know that saying, or maybe it is a song, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future”? I think it applies to future educational costs too.

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ComeHaveaPeace November 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Visiting you from the HAH blog hop, and I can relate about trying to leave the costs of college with the Lord. Not easy when we see the price tags getting bigger. I know He has their future in His hands. So glad.

Blessings,
Julie@Comehaveapeace

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Christa aka The BabbyMama November 28, 2011 at 1:11 am

I think it’s fine! (And great to trust in God!) Nowadays everyone expects parents to foot the bill for college in every case, but I don’t think it was always like that. And there’s something to be said for sharing the burden or for kids to pay their own way. I split the bill with my mom and was frivolous. The people I knew who paid themselves were pretty darn serious!

P.S. – Thanks so much for stopping by on my SITS Day!

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