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31 Days of Giving on a Budget: The More We Save, The More We Have to Give

Welcome to December’s series on 31 Days of Giving on a Budget. In this series, I’ll be sharing inspiring stories from my readers and posts with practical ways to give — even on a limited income.

If you have a Giving on a Budget story to share of a way you or your family has given to others this year or this holiday season, please email me your story and a picture to go along with it, if possible. I’d love to hear it and possibly share it during this series!

Recently, someone emailed in and asked if I died tomorrow would I regret the frugal choices I’ve made?

It was an excellent question and one that gave my husband and I pause — and produced a great discussion for us as a couple. Both of our answers were a resounding“No. We would absolutely not regret the frugal choices we’ve made.”

While we’ve made plenty of mistakes individually and as a family, we have zero regrets that we’ve chosen to live beneath our means, make sacrifices, delay purchases until we can pay cash for them, and live on a strict written budget.

To some people, not getting what you want right away or doing without might seem like a miserable existence. But truthfully, we’ve found it to be just the opposite: we live very fulfilled lives and we wake up excited about each day.

However, we both believe that the reason we feel fulfilled and passionate about life — even though we’ve made counter-cultural choices that some would balk at — is because frugality is a means to an end for us. If we were just frugal for being frugal’s sake, we’d likely quickly burn out or give up.

It’s not about saving money so we can continuously upgrade our lifestyle and always be buying bigger and better things. We want to live beneath our means so that we are able to give generously to others.

There’s a world of need around us. The more we steward our money well, the more abundance we will have to meet those needs.

The more we save, the more we have to give.

Your efforts and my efforts might seem like a drop in the bucket when compared with all of the need that’s out there. But collectively, we can make a huge impact.

Let’s live simply so that others can simply live. Because truly, there is nothing more fulfilling than living a life with outstretched arms.

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Target: Deals for the week of December 30, 2012-January 5, 2013

Here are some of the best deals at Target this week, with thanks to Marcy from Stretching a Buck for her help in compiling them:

Yoplait Greek 100 Yogurt Cups – $1
Buy 2 and use $0.50/2 coupon from the 11/11 SmartSource insert
Stack with $1/3 Target printable
$0.50 each after coupons

Kashi Cereal – $2.75
Use $1/1 printable
Stack with $0.75/1 Target printable
$1 after coupons

Clorox 2 Stain Fighting Spray – $1.99
Use $1.50/1 printable
$0.49 after coupon (Thanks, Deal Detecting Diva!)

Reach Floss – $0.97
Use $1/1 printable
Free after coupon (Thanks, Totally Target!)

California Pizza Kitchen or DiGiorno Pizza – $5
Get a Free 6 ct Edy’s Fruit Bars when you buy 2 Pizzas listed
Buy 3 and use Buy 2 Get 1 Free printable
$3.33 each after coupon plus Free Edy’s Bars

Purina ONE Dog Food (16.5 lb) – $19.79
Buy 2 – Get a $5 Target Gift Card
Use $2/1 printable
Stack with $1/1 Target printable
$14.29 each after coupons and gift card

See the full list of deals at Target this week here.

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