(Note: I wrote this to a friend 8 years ago, when my kids were 10 and 12. I now want to SCREAM it to those with kids still at home: Treasure. The. Time.)
I am one frugal mama! (Can I get an amen?)
I used to call myself “cheap,” but my Man didn’t like that very much. Suffice it to say that I see bargain shopping as a competitive sport, worthy of Olympic status. Seriously.
What I want to talk about has nothing to do with where to find the cheapest price on cheese this week (Grocery Outlet, by the way), rather it has to do with how you invest your time. Specifically, how you invest your time with your children. Time is money. Time is not cheap. Time is fleeting.
We have 18 years, give or take a few here and there, depending on the circumstances, to invest in our children’s lives. It seems so long at the beginning! Now that we are more than halfway through this bumping, winding, ever-exciting path of parenting, 18 years ain’t nothing! No time at all. I remember the hospital, lots of sleeping, nursing, and BOOM! here we are staring down the teen years like a double barrel shotgun aimed straight for our eyes. YIKES! It makes me want to shore up how I spend my time.
There are things that rob time and kill relationship. These are a huge waste.
Things that waste my time: the internet, facebook, netflix, arguing with people in my brain, bad memories, being mad, gossiping, carrying a grudge
Things that redeem my time: Teaching my kids, actively ministering together, snuggling, reading, cooking, learning, being a team, building a fire, setting up the camper, taking the more scenic route, cleaning my house, writing.
As you are looking for ways to save money, I encourage you to spend equal time looking for ways to wisely spend your time. Invest that time in those things that last forever.