I agree the power of prayer is amazing! There have been days I haven't had a penny to my name and I just pray to get through the day without any expense. I always do and sometimes there is even an unexpected income. I also love Craigslist and Freecycle.
Make this a Healthy Choice Day! CoLeader: Asthma/Copd Sufferers. Linda-Missouri (CST)
Prayer works! It always works!!! I just love those stories!
DH and I were bored yesterday, made plans to go to the museum knowing we didn't have a lot of extra money to spend...we just had time to spend. I prayed as usual, not for anything really other than happiness...and well, they let us in the museum for FREE!!!
BTW - I purchased a used washer and dryer for about what you paid, they lasted me several years, I even included them in with my home that I sold because they kept on working really well! Its worth the savings. Good job!!!
The only thing you can change is yourself, but sometimes that changes everything.
I am so glad I've found this team! I grew up on a farm in Indiana, the youngest of eight, so I learned many ways to make the $ stretch, but I'm really beign challenged now!
Congrats to the first poster for praying, and receiving answer to your prayers! That is awesome! I guess I'm lucky, not having an "uppity" attitude. Oh, I wish I had nice things, but I know that I WILL have comfortable things sometime in the future. But for now, dh & I will take each day at a time.
Becky Mrs Tejano Mrs Texan in Spanish Tarpon Springs, Florida
Jules, Thank you so much for this information. I am needing all new kitchen appliances and have just been trying to make due with what we have. All our appliances are 11 years old. The microwave (oven hood) has had the handle super glued on 3 times. The electronic ignition on the stove is broken so in order to cook, we have to light the stove with a lighter every time. The refridgerator no longer seals well, and the kids always forget to push the door closed tightly so I have had everything spoil and everything freeze based on how they are with the door. The dishwasher does not completely drain all the time, so we have to sometimes run a second cycle to get the water to drain out. My washing machine still works, and I have had 3 dryers in the last 11 years. Carolyn
“Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness…never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”
What a great idea! I got a great deal on an oven on Black Friday, but obviously that only works once a year. I'll keep estate sales in mind the next time I need a new appliance (which I'm hoping won't be for a long time!)
Kelly from PA
"Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals." ~Jim Rohn
My washer's transmission blew out last Friday evening and the cost to repair a 15 year old washer was not cost-effective. After much shopping and searching for a deal last weekend, I was discouraged at how much I thought I was going to have to spend out of savings to get a new washer.
Rather than buy something that felt out of my "safe" price range, I chose to wait and pray about the situation.
I prayed and I asked friends for advice and God answered my prayers.
Several "scratch and dent" stores were suggested in the North Texas area, several appliance repair places were suggested for reconditioned washers. Craigslist, a favorite of my friends', was suggested strongly. Then another friend suggested checking out estate sales. I grabbed a paper this morning after my marathon training run, and devised a driving plan, and started searching the estate sales.
The first estate sale I came to, there was a washer on sale.
I asked if they'd take the cash amount I had. They agreed (saved a little cash off a good deal WOO HOO! More for the savings jar and debt reduction!!!)
I asked if I could come pick up the washer in a couple hours so a friend would help me load/unload the washer into his truck.
So, last weekend, I thought I was going to be out 400 - 500 bucks on a store-bought washer, plus delivery charges and taxes and junk.
Today, after my run, I got a gently used, 2 year old washer for $140 bucks. My friend helped me move it for the cost of a meal and a gatorade (it's hot in Texas) Just started doing laundry at home.
WHAT A BLESSING!!!!
I am trying to pay off my college loans and remaining credit card as fast as I can, so the thought of having to spend so much on a necessary household item was tough.
I would imagine that there might be someone else who gets into this situation, so I wanted to share my good news with the group AS WELL AS maybe help someone out who gets in a situation like I did. Have a great weekend!
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