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Making Your Finances Work For You

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We are all in different seasons of life and have to make our finances work in different ways. Remember it's that, a season of life.

Nowadays you never know what you’re going to see as you’re out and about! I mean, it’s not every day that you see a van with the door {almost} falling off! How could I not take a picture? (I wasn’t bold enough to take a picture when the door was shut because I didn’t want him to see me, but let’s just say that there was a padlock involved!)

I have no idea what the van owner’s story is but I couldn’t help imagine what it might be. Perhaps he’s barely getting by on paying his bills and doesn’t have the extra money to get a new van. Or, perhaps this is his work van and he has a perfectly good truck parked in his garage! No matter what his story, he’s making his situation work for him!

I remember a season in my life when friends would invite me out for dinner but I didn’t have the extra cash so I wasn’t able to go. Missing dinner with friends wasn’t the biggest deal in the world but it sure would have been nice. That was a season of life and I had to forgo a few dinners out to make my financial situation work for me.

Even though you might not have a van with the door almost falling off, you could have any number of situations that you can compare to this one. Perhaps, like my story, you’re doing without a luxury (yes, dinner out with friends is a luxury) to pay your bills. We are all in different seasons of life and have to make our finances work in different ways. No matter what season you find yourself in, remember it’s just that, a season. More than likely you won’t be in that season for the rest of your life. While it may seem like a big deal know you’ll probably look back years from now and realize that you even learned a few things during this season.

Have you been through a dry season financially? What did you do to make your finances work for you? Share in the comments.

Thrifty T

4 Comments

  1. Allison
    Allison02-04-2014

    I honestly think this post is rather rude and judgemental. Seriously how much of a busy body are you that you are taking pictures of someone’s vehicle?? How would you feel if someone took a picture of you or your home or your vehicle?? Yeah it may not look like the vehicle is in good condition and it may look “creepy” to some. Maybe he’s living in there and he needs it locked that way to stay safe. I just don’t see how this post relates to “Making Your Money Work For You”

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson02-04-2014

      Allison, I appreciate you sharing your thoughts, but I can assure you that I meant no disrespect to this gentleman. My point was that he was making the best out of his situation, which is what we have to do with our finances.

  2. Charlene
    Charlene02-04-2014

    I don’t see this post as judgmental at all, but exactly what you stated–you never know what the backstory may be. We’ve had to forgo a lot of things in the past–dinners out, new clothes, even simple things from the grocery store that we’d like to buy, but have to forgo to stay in budget. Honestly, if it weren’t for my husband’s determination and diligence, we’d probably still be in debt up to our eyeballs, but thankfully, with perseverance and the help of the Almighty, we’ve managed to pay off all of our debt—BUT, we stay debt-free by still pinching pennies. Sometimes it does get old, but the results are worth it!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson02-04-2014

      Hi Charlene! High five to you and your family for living debt free!

      “Sometimes it does get old, but the results are worth it!” – I totally agree!

      Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation.

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