Making Wiser Choices to Have More to Help the Poor
June 28, 2015
We sat down a few weeks ago as a family to see what we could do to save money. We were not in trouble with income. Even the kids had jobs they did to earn money. We did it to see how we could conserve and save money because we wanted to do more to help the less fortunate. We came up with a bunch of workable ideas. Some we were implementing now, and others we were implementing later on. I was assigned to look online for savings. I followed a link saying click this link for rate information on your electricity bill. I found that we could really lower our monthly electric bill.
I had no idea we were paying a whole lot more for electricity than what the lowest rate plans offered. I had never given the utility deregulation here much thought. It turns out that there is a lot of competition in the market to get you to be an electricity customer of the different companies out there. As the days went by we had switched our electricity and other things over to new providers and suppliers to save money.
We tallied our savings at the end of the month. We had a baseline of what we were spending before trying to save money, and we had our new budget as it unfolded now. We skipped some entertainment, and we made use of things we had instead of buying new. We went on a no waste plan for food in the house too. No longer did we find ourselves throwing out expired items or leftovers. We paid attention and used up what we had. The savings we were able to generate was then used to directly help the poor.
Within two months of saving on our electric bill, insurance, groceries and other things, we were able to pay for a new well in an impoverished country so a village can have clean water. That is what feels good. That is what connects you to your fellow man. It is not about acquiring more. It is about using what you have wisely including your income.