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Posted By Sharon

A lot of buzz is going around the internet this time of year about cutting back, saving and getting out of debt.  I've also been reading some blogs concerning people's 'opinions' concerning what is being frugal and what is being cheap.  Most say being frugal is getting the best value for what you spend which may differ from one person to another.  I may like purchasing Miracle Whip ( a must have in our household....no other brand in 35 years!) but am fine using the store brand peanutbutter (Kroger peanutbutter, that is!). On the other hand the term cheap was defned as no matter what you buy, it has to be the least expensive or free.  I personally have my own definition for being frugal because that's how I label myself. Being frugal to me means being the best steward I can be with the resources God has given me.  For example: If someone offers me 2 bushels of tomatoes for free, if I'm going to take the time to preserve them, I should accept them gladly.  But if they offer them and I know there's no way I can work preserving them into my schedule, I should refuse.  If they insist, I might take them, preserving what I can and sharing the bounty with my friends or a foodbank.  To me, that's being frugal.

Taking something just because it's 'free' is never a good thing unless you can use the product or you know someone who can.  I've watched 'Extreme Couponing' and at times have gotten disgusted seeing all the freebies people have gotten and actually say they'll probably never use them all.  For me, that's just wrong!  I love the shows where people donate their excess! Now that's being frugal in my book.

Don't get me wrong! Load up on that great bargain priced chicken when you see it if you know you will use it! Use all the coupons you can if the item will be free and it's a product you know will come in handy!  Buy markdowns for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.  Create your own gift shopping area in your home!  Just don't get so greedy that items go bad, are so far out of style you're ashamed to give them, or you know when you get them you won't use them.  Share the wealth!

Jesus said, "For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes; naked and you clothed me; sick and in prison, and you visited me." Matthew 25:35-36

Now that's being frugal!

Have a super day! 

~Blessings~