Friday, April 27, 2012

The beauty of simplicity (for couples)

Today's economy is a perfect opportunity for couple's to discover ways to live more by spending less. Many of us have directly or indirectly been affected by downsizing, cut backs or layoffs. But that's OK, there are strategies to help with this.

As couple's seek to get more bang for their buck, there are still ways we can connect on the cheap. Here are ten examples of things couple's can still do on a tight, shoe string budget.

*Borrow free movies from the library
*Take walks together outside
*Share one entre' at your favorite restaurant
*Go out for dessert only
*Cuddle up and read a book together
*Discuss your dreams for the future
*Re-arrange your furniture and fixtures together for a new look
*Check your local paper and activity guide for free community events
*Sit down together and write out 5 goals and discuss how to implement them
*Attend church together

Theses are just a few suggestions to get you started. While we continue to make the necessary adjustments in life, it is important to maintain a heart of thankfulness and a spirit of generosity. Spend quality time reflecting on the good things and blessings in life. We all have something to be thankful for. Once you start counting your blessings, you may not be able to stop! I find it to be true that the best things in life really are free.

Last but not least, as we seek to simplify our lives, let's remember to give. There are unlimited creative ways to give time to your community. I'm sure there are many places that can use your talents and skills to help someone in need. There are numerous ways to give of yourself that don't include money. Maybe you can give your spouse a break from the children or from cleaning the house for a day. Why not give up those old clothes you don't wear anymore? They can become someones treasure and free up space in a closet or drawer. De-cluttering is a great way to give and simplify at the same time. Giving is very liberating and when you give, you receive so much more in return.

If we seize the moment and allow our creativity to blossom by cutting cost, maintaining a thankful attitude, and being generous, we will find ourselves living richer and fuller lives. Then we can truly understand living in the beauty of simplicity.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Remember. "True empowerment comes through stewardship"

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