Tony and I are still living on what we like to call a "missionary budget." Translation: living on as little as possible.
We're raising support to carry out our mission and vision here in Cape Town, and I'm also working on a small business startup. Tony wants to host missions teams and open a guest house. I want to own and operate a handmade jewelry business. And we both want to continue serving the poor, working with at-risk youth, and pouring into the lives of young adults.
But until the profit-earning portions of our vision come to fruition, we're dependent on donations from people who believe in what we're doing.
I wrote a blog several months ago about living on less, and since then, Tony and I have found ways to live on even less… at least when it comes to our grocery bill. Yes, we have the benefit of cheap South African produce, but I reckon the saying, "Where there's a will, there's a way," usually holds true.
So, what's the mission?
- Simplify. Spend $30 per person on groceries this week.
- Share. Have some friends over for dinner one night. (Try not to spend any extra money at the grocery store.)
- Love. Pick a night (we like Friday), hire a sitter, and go on a romantic date. Not in a relationship? Rally your best friends for a girls' or guys' night out.
- Connect. Invite a friend to meet you for coffee. Take time to sit and talk.
- Be thankful. Each morning, write down 5 things you're thankful for. Post them on something you look at throughout the day—the fridge, your dashboard, a journal.
Other than what's mentioned above, try not to eat out or buy extra snacks and drinks. Commit to simple living. Carry a bottle of water with you. Get creative in the kitchen. Remember to tend to your relationships. People are more important than money. And give thanks for the small things.
Now, consider these words of Brooke, a mother, wife, author and former business owner:
Living with less stuff, less debt, less clutter meant living with more freedom, more time, more joy. I was certain this was the change I needed to make in my life. Up to this point my life had been about more. Being more successful, more efficient, more adept, more available, more, more, more. This attitude of more brought overwhelm, exhaustion and constant feelings of failure. I had become a victim of a modern-day epidemic–more at all costs. What I needed now was less, of that I was certain.
You can visit Brooke's blog Slow Your Home to learn more about her journey.