“My guess is that this type of advice comes from real food advocates who never cooked much from scratch before their food conversion and so don’t realize how thrifty others already are. I know you’ve seen it too- the newly frugal and totally healthy eater who chirps brightly about how much food she saved when she started eating healthier choices because now she cooks everything from scratch, no more eating out, and no more freezer meals.”—
“Yes, we most certainly can afford to buy a Radio Flyer complete with a bell and streamers. It’d be pretty cool to watch our kids zip around town pedaling a fancy new ride. The money is there, but it’s not endless. We must prioritize and tell that money where to go.”—Life Lessons from a Faded Purple Tricycle
“When you dig down deep to find ways to love your husband and cultivate romance in spite of all exhaustion, frustration, and financial limitation, you are making your marriage a priority.”—Love in a Season of Want challenging the idea that date nights are essential for a happy marriage.
“First, I think you have to let go of the magazine ideal of what a beautiful home should look like. A beautiful home consists of love, warmth, prayer, music, cooking smells, children’s laughter, aand light. If you have these things it won’t matter if your couch is shabby or if there is duct tape on the recliner (toss a blanket over it).”—
“Sometimes I drive through McDonald’s for a large Diet Coke and a McChicken on my way to Whole Foods and I am not even kidding about that. Then I sit in my van in the parking lot and dine on chemicals and shame.”—