Thursday, May 13, 2010

together we save

http://togetherwesave.blogspot.com/

i remember the early days of our marriage, when we were poor
as little church mice but just as happy.  we celebrated the end of
each week by splitting a fried clam dinner at howard johnson's
in white plains, vermont.   woo hoo!

our dear friends, the only other married couple at dartmouth,
were even poorer than we were.  it used to break my heart to
go to the grocery store with her, because she had to be so very
careful with her nickels and dimes.  one time she just burst into
tears as we pulled out of the parking lot.

i have noticed some sweet young brides in blog land who
could use a little boost, too, so here is the magic solution to
help you pinch those pennies.

just click on the link above for the"togetherwesave" blogsite, and
you will be amazed at all the savings this precious and industrious
young woman has made available to us.  if you follow her site,
you will be informed 3-4 times daily of happy ways to stretch your
dollars.

"her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value."
proverbs 31:11

love,
lea

44 comments:

JMW said...

I've been married for more than 10 years, but always looking for a way to save. Will need to check that site out!

Jo said...

Oh, how wonderful of you to share that link.

I remember struggling after my husband died and I had a little girl to raise. I love it when people share ways to save money.

I am always looking for bargains too, although I don't have to pinch my pennies quite as much as I used to. But why spend more?

Christy said...

Hope you get to try the Chocolate Cobbler soon... it's so worth it and it truly is heaven on a spoon!!!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

My favorite "broke newlywed" story was told to me by a WWII bride. They couldn't afford a serving bowl, so they use the kitchen overhead light glass cover instead. Slipped it back up after dinner...

The couple are VERY well off now...

Southern Lady said...

Oh, I remember those days of living on love alone. John and I were both beginning teachers and lived on next to nothing. We only got paid once a month and found out that it ran out too quickly. We rented an old house that was super cold in the winter and super hot in the summer. We used to say that we would look back and laugh about it one day.....and we do! Carla

Darcie said...

What a wonderful thing to share not only with young brides but with those that seek to be frugal when it seems like life is telling you to spend, spend, spend. On my way to check it out! Thanks for sharing.

Sonja said...

Great idea, and I'll hop over to visit her.

As to your 'mission field'... ours is similar... not within the confines of the church, but our world includes many unsaved, and it's always SUCH an encouragement to see what God opens up in conversations, just as yours last night. If we're available, He's going to do it! (and btw... one of my all time favs is a blouse that's now about 15 years old... it never loses it style! :))

Hugs!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

i'm certain you wrote this for me! ; ) you know just what i needed! thank you, sweet lea! i pray that that proverb can be true in my life!

Brittany Ann said...

Wonderful! Thank you for sharing! I can always use these kinds of tips!

christy rose said...

Wow! Thank you! I have been married for many years but I still feel as if I could use help with pinching our pennies. I will head over there now!!! :)

Lady Farmer said...

Everybody can use tips to learn to be thrifty! Thanks for sharing.
Be Blessed!

Just Breathe said...

I follow her and I love what she posts. I am always getting the free stuff. I have a friend who also does this:
http://www.sharethe31secret.com/

koralee said...

What a lovely blog post today...I remember those days very well myself..hugs for a great day..it is almost the weekend!!!!

Together We Save said...

Thanks so much for linking me!! I really appericate your kind words.

Farm Girl said...

I will be passing this around. I know lots of people who will use this blog. Thanks Lea

Vickie said...

I've been married for 32 years, but we can always save a little! We were poor, too, married when my husband was still in school and we had a baby on the way! We had a little scrubby Christmas tree, and I bought a string of lights and a box of glass balls. My husband got me an umbrella - I had to work on the campus of Texas A&M and had to walk several blocks to my office and needed one when it rained! He wouldn't even let me get him anything! We still had a little help from the folks, but those were some of the sweetest and happiest days of our lives!

I'll check out this blog! Why spend more when you don't have to? We're trying to cut back. At this stage of our lives, WHY DID WE EVER THINK WE HAD TO HAVE "MORE" WHEN WE WERE YOUNG??? We're finding that we need much less than we think we do! Thank you very much!

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for your visit...this is a good idea, I know my kids sure sweat to make ends meet! :D

Emily said...

Sweet! One of my dreams is to marry someone rich! Do you go to meetings?

Vee said...

Did you love Vermont? I don't know much about the Dartmouth community, but I do love Vermont.

Thank you for this link. I'm always looking for ways to save in this economy.

Rosie said...

Ahhh, you have a very kind husband indeed. That is delightful that he is interested in what you are up to...tell him that we could definitely hook him up with a "groovy blog site" as well...;D...

Yes, we too were on such a budget when we were first married. I often smile at this memory. My dear, dear mother would often drop off diapers, laundry soap, and much more. But you know, that was a great education as well...I learned to budget and watch my pennies... and make kraft dinner many, many different ways. We had a gorgeous garden,in which I took great pride in keeping well weeded and watered...God was so good and we were closer to Him for this experience.

Love in Him, Rosie

High Heeled Life said...

Lea, thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and your supportive comments. I hope your friend continues to heal as well.

Your postings are full of such great reminders of what really is important in life. I will be following your blog and continue stopping by. I hope you have a chance to pop by now and then to my blog.

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hi Lea,
What a sweet story it brought back memories too.Thank you for sharing this site. I will visit it.
Thank you for visiting me, and for taking the time to comment. Enjoy you week.
Blessings,
Sue

Belle Vie said...

A lovely story.. it proves that love is what matters most in any relationship. Thank you for sharing the link.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend.
xoxo, B

Anci said...

Hi !
Your comments at my blog is very important for me. They mean a lot !

Saving money can be hard but it worth it. And sometimes you just have to.

Have a really lovely day !

XO
Anci

Joan Elizabeth said...

When I look back I think a simpler lifestyle is richer living.

Staci Danford said...

You are so thoughtful.. I look back now at my first "real" teaching job about 25 years ago. And my 18k a year salary... I thought I was rolling in the dough.. haha But those times were actually some of my favorites.
Staci

Alicia said...

How sweet of you to do this. I love her blog too, and have found some amazing deals!

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

It's so important for us to teach our kids how to spend wisely and save for the future. Many young people are sadly lacking in this respect.
Thanks for the link. As you know, I also have a book dedicated to this very subject.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Denise does have a wonderful web site full of so many good tips and coupons. Companies have so many promotions we don't know about ..look at how I was able to take a trip to LA courtesy Bertolii foods! It was so unexpected and fun. They are doing a lot of promtions for their delicious new frozen pastas.

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

What a kind post to those young brides out there! We were poor at the beginning too, which makes an easier financial life even sweeter. I wouldn't trade those days for the world...

It was not hard to organize my "Friday Pretties" party, it just took a lot of my time, but it was well worth it. It was so much fun!

I am going to do it again, probably this coming week, with a little more notice. I just ran out of extra time this week.
I hope you join in. Let me know... :)
Joyce

Barbie said...

Hello! Thank you for writing this. I am your newest follower!

Lana of Honeysuckle Lane said...

Oh I sure remember those days! I look back and wonder how we ever survived ~ and then I quickly give credit to the Lord. :)
Things aren't quite as tight as they were 25 years ago for us, but we still need to keep to a budget. Thanks for the link!
Thank you also for visiting my blog. I am so glad you did so I could follow the bread crumb trail to yours.

Emily said...
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Emily said...

*Gasp* Do you live out west? Because the timing is weird!

Rosie said...

Wishing you a most enjoyable evening in blogland {with your Sweet Hans}...
and a relaxing weekend.
....... love Rosie.......

Debra Kaye said...

how precious! thank you for stopping by my blog this evening. nice to meet you.

blessings to you!

Mari said...

Thank you for stopping by! I love the premise of your blog and can't wait to read more. It gives me hope that one day I will be past the needy diaper stage and my kids will be branching out on their own. If I thought about that more I may gentler with myself and them! Thanks for the inspiration.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Dear Lea,

Did I tell you that that is my name real name with "h" at the end? Thanks for visiting my Random Notion blog.

Yes, I have somewhat a rather chaotic schedule with chaotic mind with so much on my plate. On top of that, I have been having problem posting comments that I just gave up. However, tonight (it's morning over there, wink) it looks like my comment is going to pull through in this particular blog on "together we save".

I am a single mom raising two girls on my own since they were little until they left the nest, and I can definitely relate to your
friend's plight.

That experience has truly helped me learn to manage life without compromising our health in general.

The only consolation in my time with my girls was, there were many who were far worse off than we were.

So, we are really very thankful with our life with due credits to Him above.

Now, am a converted brand new grandma and it is a reward being acknowledged by my children who are facing their own life's challenges with much encouragements from me or with each other.

Thanks once again. If I get a chance coming to the computer, I'll try to visit you.

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a sweet story, and thank you for the link. My mom lives in Burlington Vermont, and I pass by that area on the way to visit her. When my husband and I were first married, we too pinched pennies and I remember that chapter as such a lovely one too. I remember our first wedding anniversary and we didn't have money to go out. So, I too out my wedding dress and hung it from the armoire in our bedroom, and made a special dinner. As I remember it was the most romantic anniversary we ever had.

Thanks for prompting such lovely memories with your writing.
Karen

Joan Elizabeth said...

Lea, I laughed at your comment on my blog today. I never thought I would meet up with other bloggers but it is actually rather good fun ... maybe one day I will meet you.

My name is PJ. said...

This was WONDERFUL! There are so many people who could benefit from it! Not just the young ones....us old ones on fixed retirement incomes too!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh very cool, I am going to check it out! I am always looking for ways to save money, it never hurts! XO!

Zuzu said...

I don't know anyone who pinches pennies tighter than me. Honestly, Lea, your eyes would pop if I told you what we were living on.

There is a trick to it, but in my opinion, it isn't so much about coupons or sales or adding noodles to stretch a meal.

It is in knowing the difference between need and want. God provides us with everything we need. And when we understand this, we become instantly rich.

Auntie Cake said...

I think in these tough economic times, we all could use a boost! I keep telling my husband, these are actually good times as we can better appreciate the hard work that goes into his earning a dollar for our family. Things used to be a lot better a couple years ago, health insurance has been killing us, but we are so fortunate to have it! And this economy has made me more creative!
Kate