Friending spree

My wife traded her smart phone in for a dumb phone. The phone wakes us up in the night because it is yelling that it needs a battery change or it randomly starts over again welcoming itself with a happy tune. Often it will restart right after you feel accomplished because you just completed a long text using a tiny keypad and before you push send.
The reason why she changed her elegant iPhone (who could answer the most difficult questions about life) is G-O-D. You know how our society is changing? From the land of the brave to the land of the let’s-see-if-I-have-an-email-since-it-has-been-at-least-3-minutes-since-I-last-checked land. My wife? Like a salmon upstream goes right against it.
The other month or so she showed me a thing she read on a blog. This family went on a spending freeze. They did a big shopping in the beginning of the month and they had a budget for fresh food and gas and that was it– for the rest they were not wasting a penny. I told her there was no way, so we didn’t do it.
Then a situation came up where I wanted to save money for a certain goal and thought of ways to do that. I tried to get some extra money in with selling all my rabbits and whatever I thought people would buy and we could do without. That of course didn’t go as well as I would have hoped (anyone wants to buy a rug?) and I decided we should make a cut in our budget. And then I had my lightbulb moment! Spending Freeze. We are going to spend no money for a month and come out of that month with stacks of cash.
Full of optimism we headed towards Asheville to go and do a shopping at Aldi’s. We were gonna buy some cheep tacos on the way  for supper and then go do our shopping (Our freeze would start after our shopping). The taco truck providing our tacos was gone and so we were left with growling stomachs heading towards Asheville! We ended in the first restaurant we saw, eating some kind of fancy food paying an arm and a leg. Then I wanted to show my wife this quant little coffee shop and since it was Friday night we wanted to go to the drum circle and show Ellie all those people drumming on their drums (Dum ditty dum ditty dum dum).
All of the sudden I realized that Aldi is a one of kind supermarket and probably closed at 6 on normal days and on Fridays maybe 8. So after googling the hours sure enough they close at 8 and by that time it was 7:25. We hurried to our car and arrived at the store at 7:45. We had 15 minutes to go shopping for a month! After a couple of minutes Joy tells me that they don’t accept credit cards at Aldi’s. I was shocked since that was the whole plan– to use the credit card. I dig in the car and find 100$ (which I was gonna put in our piggy bank) in cash and we get through about half of our list. Needless to say we were off to a great start.
Now, our spending freeze is over. Looking back it was one big old pain. We ended up spending more money then we normally would; the only difference was that we spent it in one week instead of spread over the month. We didn’t buy stuff we needed like toilet paper and had to use leaves and newspaper. Just kidding. It ended up being quite tough with no benefits. Now I hope you noticed that this freeze was only because of money; not because of God. Lesson learned: money is root of all evil and should never stand between you and God.

2 thoughts on “Friending spree

  1. Lol! I totally love you guy’s blog! I may be your most faithful follower, in fact.
    And GO JOY! I know the upstream salmon feeling when it comes to media and gadgets. Just recently got a real smart phone for the first time, and I still use very few of the “smarts” on it. 🙂 I am a blogger at heart, even tho I don’t have one. Been thinking about starting, but I’m such a poor finisher, not sure if I’d keep it up. 😉 Love that little girlie of your’s Joy!

  2. I also read the accounts from people who do “Spending Freezes”. And I haven’t figured out that we’d actually save money in the long run by doing it. I liked your honest and fascinating account of The Experiment.

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