Is Money Tight? Here’s 10 Ways to Stretch Your Budget

Today I’m sharing something really personal. Due to some recent changes at my husband’s work, our income has dropped and we’ve had to make some big changes to our family budget.

We’ve had to learn new ways to budget our money, and remember some old techniques we used when we worked really hard to get out of debt five years ago.

It’s not been fun, but it’s reminded us of what’s important and how faithful God is to always provide.

Is money tight for your family too? I want to encourage you by what we’re learning.

Due to some recent changes at my husband’s work, our income has dropped and we’ve had to make some big changes to our family budget. We’ve had to learn new ways to budget our money, and remember some old techniques we used when we worked really hard to get out of debt five years ago. It’s not been fun, but it’s reminded us of what’s important and how faithful God is to always provide. Is money tight for your family too? I want to encourage you by what we’re learning.

First we identified our family’s biggest budget busters. For us, that’s food! So in this post I wrote for For the Family, I shared 5 tips for meal planning on a budget, plus 5 other ways to stretch your budget.

I also included 9 encouraging scriptures when money is tight. Because let’s face it, living on a budget isn’t always easy!

Read the rest of the post here on For the Family.

This post is linked up at the Grace & Truth Link-Up.

 

 

About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com.Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Victoria - February 29, 2016 Reply

Thank you for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! Hope to see you again next week! Have a wonderful week!

Erin @ Stay At Home Yogi - March 2, 2016 Reply

Food is definitely our biggest budget buster as well! Good luck on your new journey – you can do it!

Amanda @ The Kolb Corner - March 2, 2016 Reply

Thank you for sharing with us at Merry Monday! Hope to see you again next week.

Angela @ Setting My Intention - March 3, 2016 Reply

Yes! Money is very tight right now due to my husband’s career change. Our income was cut more than half – which definitely helps light a fire under you to budget as a family. Food is the most flexible area that we can reduce costs so we’ve cut out almost all eating out, we’re meal planning, and meal planning from the pantry towards the end of the month to make sure we use up all contents before the next month. It’s a little stressful for now, but I’m grateful that God takes care of all of our needs, and even some of our wants! 🙂

    Alicia Michelle - March 4, 2016 Reply

    Yes, Angela, so true! Wow… I can’t imagine having one’s income cut in half! That is definitely a shock to the budget! God is so faithful to always, always provide… and like you said, He is so good to even give us some of our “wants” along the way. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your testimony!

Essential Homestead - March 4, 2016 Reply

Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop at essentialhomestead.com.

Ann - March 5, 2016 Reply

Yep, we’ve been through this recently ourselves… although our income went completely to ZERO due to a job loss. 🙁 Definitely makes you reconsider each and every penny!! And you’ve got some great ideas for doing that! Thanks for linking up at Frugal Fridays! 🙂

Holly @ While I'm Waiting... - March 6, 2016 Reply

Thank you for sharing with us at Faith Filled Parenting!

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Sherry - April 17, 2016 Reply

Food and eating out is our biggest budget buster. Thanks so much for sharing your money saving tips with us at Funtastic Friday.

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Something Crunchy Mummy - April 22, 2016 Reply

Brilliant. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom - April 26, 2016 Reply

It can be so hard when things are tight! Hopping over to check out the rest of your post! Thank you for sharing at #FridayFrivolity!!

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