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Living with Less so Your Family has More
Our culture puts more stock into material wealth than in healthy and productive relationships.  Learn from Jill and Mark Savage the real value of family relationships and how living with less worldly goods can positively affect your family.

altDo you have a story to share about how your family lives with less? Have you discovered a useful money-saving tip? How do you teach your children lessons about budgeting their money? What valuable lessons has your family learned through living with less? What kind of things have you discovered you don’t really need?

We want to hear your stories and tips about how your family survives, or tries to survive, with fewer of those “I want” items.

To celebrate the release of Hearts at Home’s newest book: Living With Less So That Your Family Can Have More, by Jill and Mark Savage, we are launching the Living with Less Contest.

E-mail Hearts at Home a story or money-saving tip that gives us a peek into your daily experiences representing the humor, richness, or spiritual aspects of what it’s like to live with less.

We will choose many to post on the Hearts at Home Blog during the month of February. On March 1st, we will post the top five submissions including the Grand Prize Winner.

Each of these top five winners will receive a copy of the Savages’ new book Living With Less So That Your Family Can Have More and the Grand Prize winner will receive a goodie basket of mom treats from the Hearts at Home Gift Shoppe!

All entries must be received by midnight (CST) on Sunday, February 28th. We would love to post some of the entries on our blog throughout the month of February, so feel free to submit yours ahead of the deadline.

Submission guidelines:
1. Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address on the top left corner of your entry.
2. Entries should be 200 words or less.
3. Only one entry per person will be considered.
4. All entries are due by midnight Central Time Sunday, February 28th, and should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . ONLY E-MAIL ENTRIES will be accepted.
5. You will be contacted by Thursday, March 4th, if your entry is selected as one of our prizewinners.
6. Hearts at Home has first rights to publish all stories received and retains the right to re-print the stories in any and all Hearts at Home materials in the future.

If you have any additional questions, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it the Hearts at Home Publishing Director.

Comments (2)
written by Rhonda Catrett, January 24, 2010
Hi! One thing we have learned we do not need is, cable tv. I was tired of paying for 200 channels, and we could never find anything decent to watch. So, we invested in the digital converter box, and we bought an antenna. It cost about 150.00 to do this, but we have no other fees. We have had this setup for over a yr now, and it paid for itself in the first 3 months. Another biggie is, everyone should have a library card. They are usually free if you live in that county or about 15.00 a year if you don’t. A lot of them have new releases on dvd, books on cd, periodicals, and of course books. Stop by there to read your paper on your way home. Relax, and have a quiet moment. Take the children to their story hours, and they usually will get snacks and a craft to make. Free! Several of my Mommy friends and myself get together and share snacks, recipes, good deals, and we swap coupons. If we cant use them, one of our friends can. We keep up with each other and sales and deals by facebook (which is also free). Have a little get together, and instead of one person doing it all,, each person brings something. bring back family game night. Develop a baby/child sitting club with your friends.. that way you can have “date” nights with your spouse/significant other… or depending on your situation you get some much needed me time. Saves the expense of a sitter, and the kids love playing together. If only 4 friends did this, you could have one weekend day of sitting each month, and three free weekend days for whatever you want to do. These are just a few ideas,, hope you find something useful here.
Thanks and Have A Blessed Week!
Rhonda Catrett
Cutting back!
written by Linda, February 10, 2010
I totally agree with the library thing with the kids. I remember when we had the bookmobile come to our country town where we went to school. A limit of 7, and I took 7! We downsized our dish channels to the Family pack. We each get our favorites with tons of channels for kids. We also stopped eating out as often–special occasions as much as possible, and then share a plate. What I’ve also done, is learn to cook some of our ‘eating out’ foods. We no longer have a craving to eat out as often. I buy things at the grocery store in bulk when on a super special. That way I save if I need something, but the price isn’t a sale price. I regularly check out several stores for their bargain prices on food.

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