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Being a good Catholic wife includes handling and spending my family’s money wisely, as we are all called to be good stewards of what God has allowed us to have.
In the case of finances, that means being a little thrifty at home — for many reasons:
+ So we can be more generous with others outside of the home
+ So we can keep our focus on God and our family (not on the things we buy), and
+ So we can save to provide for our family’s future
So here are a few places where I’ve continued to find some good deals to save money & spend less:
ThredUp — A huge consignment store with everything listed online. They sell women’s and kids’ clothing and shoes; some brand new (with tags still on), and others gently used. Their prices are pretty good, their shipping is also affordable, and their returns are free. I’ve ordered a lot of items from ThredUp, and I’ve been happy with nearly all of them. The descriptions of their items (whether the item is flawed or in pristine condition) is trust-worthy, and the only reason I’ve returned a few things is because some things just didn’t fit well. You can even sell some of your clothes to them with a “clean-out” bag, which I’ve done, and you can earn credits to buy things from their store or you can get what you’ve earned back as a check. Here’s a link to save you $10 off your first purchase.
And here are a few photos of some of my favorite ThredUp Finds.
Thrive Market — At first, it seemed odd to me to buy food online instead of at the grocery store, but once you see the savings you can make doing it, you won’t think twice about it! Thrive Market sells a ton of popular health foods and all-natural products that you’d fine at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. They also have supplements and natural home goods, bath & beauty products — good for your health and good for your wallet! 🙂 Here’s a link to save 15% off your first purchase. And here’s my guilty pleasure which I’ve ordered from them more than once: Pamela’s Butter Shortbread Gluten-Free Cookies. I mostly end up buying things like cleaning products from them (like dishwasher detergent, soap, all-purpose cleaners), some supplements, and once in a while, something that’s easy to snack on while we road-trip down to Georgia to visit my family.
The Bouqs — My husband & I learned about The Bouqs by watching their company presentation on Shark Tank. I don’t order flowers for family or friends all that often, but when I needed to recently, I thought of The Bouqs and I looked at what they had online — and fell in love. Their bouquets are gorgeous, and their price seems a lot less-fuss than the other online flower businesses — which I’ve used a lot and probably will not be going back to them. I also felt like their bouquets look a lot less store-bought and more like something you picked out, flower by flower, to give to your loved one. I hope my husband will remember to buy from them! 😉 Here’s a link to get a free bouquet (worth $40!) with your first purchase of a bouquet by them.
A few of my other favorite things…
My favorite all-purpose natural cleaner (you have got to youtube this and see how incredible it is!): Better Life What-Ever! Natural All-Purpose Cleaner Clary Sage & Citrus — 32 fl oz
Our favorite road-trip snacks (they are a little pricey, so we don’t buy them often, but it’s hard to find good snacks when you can’t eat gluten or nuts): Grass Run Farms 100% Grass-Fed Beef Sticks – Gluten-Free – No Antibiotics or Hormones (Original, 1 oz sticks 12-Count) Followed by our favorite organic fruit snacks.
My favorite glass water bottle: Lifefactory 12-Ounce Glass Bottle with Classic Cap and Silicone Sleeve, Turquoise
My favorite Bible — my brother bought this for me for Christmas five years ago, and it is as worn and torn as it gets, and still in good condition 🙂 I love the devotional readings throughout: Catholic Women’s Devotional Bible.
Here’s to your health, happy shopping, happy wallet — and happy husband! 😉