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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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Educational Deals & Freebies Round-Up

Here are some of the best educational deals and freebies available right now from Katie who writes at Cincinnati Cents:

LeapFrog Leapster2 Bundle for $42.74: Amazon has their Leapfrog Leapster2 Bundle on sale for $42.74. Regularly priced at $109.99, this bundle includes the Leapster2 Handheld System, case, AC adapter, and game. This set ships for free with Super Saver Shipping.

Free Berenstain Bears Curriculum: Download a free Berenstain Bears Curriculum, compliments of Enchanted Homeschooling Mom. This set is geared towards children ages PreK through 3rd grade, and is based on the Berenstain Bears books.

Berenstain Bears Books for $1.92: Totsy is featuring a sale on their Berenstain Bears products, with books priced as low as $1.92 each. These books would match up well with the free Berenstain Bears curriculum as well.

K’Nex Classics 4-Wheel Drive Set for $11.24: Amazon has their K’Nex Classics 4-Wheel Drive Set priced at just $11.24. This set includes lights and over 300 classic K’Nex pieces.

Free Pizza Learning Pack: Download a free Pizza Learning Pack, compliments of Living Life Intentionally. This pack is designed for children ages 2-7, and includes puzzles, the food pyramid, fractions, and writing skills.

Amazon 4-for-3 Book Promotion: Amazon has a wide selection of books available on their 4-for-3 promotion. When you order 4 eligible books priced under $10, you’ll receive the lowest-priced book for free.

Free New Year’s Pack: There’s a free New Year’s Pack available from 3Dinosaurs. This pack is ideal for children ages 2-8, and includes such skills as matching cards, beginning sounds, puzzles, writing pages, and addition.

5-Pack MeeGenius e-Books for $6: Totsy has their 5-Pack MeeGenius e-Books on sale for $6. There are three different bundles to choose from – animal adventures, storytime favorites, and friendship & fairytales.

Free Alaska Travel Guide: Stop by and request a free Alaska State Travel Guide. This guide would be a nice supplement for teaching geography.

Sale on Eric Carle Books & Games: Totsy has their Eric Carle books and games on sale, with prices as low as $3. Choose from books, play sets, games, and books with CDs. Plus, if you’re a new Totsy customer, you’ll receive free shipping as well.

Katie is a wife and homeschooling mother of four who writes at Cincinnati Cents about saving money and having fun as a family without breaking the bank. She enjoys sharing new recipes, ideas for frugal family fun, and tips for spending less at the grocery store.