Welcome to Simple Life of a Country Wife.  I’m Amanda.  I homeschool my three children. I love Jesus. I have way more plaid shirts than any one person should have.  I have a sweet tooth that just won’t quit.  My daily latte is what keeps me sane. Crafting and creating is what makes me feel alive. My husband is a carpenter and I’ve heard more times than I can count “you mean, like Jesus?

For as long as I can remember I’ve had to live with an extremely tight budget.  Growing up as a child in a low-income home i learned early on what it was like to do without.  When I reached adulthood I didn’t have a clue about how to do this adult thing, or how to budget.  (You can read more about my struggle with learning basic life skills in the article I wrote for Scary Mommy).  I spent a good 10 years making financial mistakes and not getting ahead.  It wasn’t until almost 10 years ago now, while I sat down on the kitchen floor crying as my husband and I hit rock bottom with our finances that we decided we had to make some changes or we would NEVER. GET. AHEAD.  My husband retrained for a new career, and 5 years ago was the last piece of the puzzle when I began this very blog.

I know what it is like to lay in bed staring at the ceiling, praying and asking God how in the world I am going to pay my bills.  I know what it is like to be that kid on the playground with the shoe glue barely holding her shoes together after multiple repairs.  I know what it is like to feel like I am a bad mom because I can’t give my kids more.

and yet….and yet we’ve managed to learn how to laugh, build memories, and grow closer as a family through it all.  And we finally know what it is like to have sheer determination to change our future.  We’ve gone from looking through a tunnel and seeing only darkness, to looking down that same tunnel and seeing beautiful, bright light.

It has taken us a long time to get here, with many bumps and bruises on the way as we struggled to live on one, low income for years.  Because of what I learned I wanted to share it all with you!  I want you to know you are not alone.  I want you to know your worth is not defined by a dollar amount. I want you to believe in the depths of your core that the future can be bright, and you can change your finances.

Check out some of my most popular posts:

What to eat when you are broke

How to keep going when you want to give Up

80 of the best Frugal Living Tips

Frugal Living tips from The Great Depression

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