Like Merchant Ships is a blog about saving money--and doing it with style. Like the Proverbial 31 woman, I don't mind going the extra mile for my family.
In fact, I consider it a job. Smart shopping--and God's grace--have enabled me to stay home with 3 kids. I've resisted an "about me" page for years, but finally realized it's a nice way to welcome visitors.
Consider yourself welcomed!
You'll see that I'm learning a lot about hospitality this year, working with a small home and even smaller budget. In the meantime, I share a little money-saving goodness each day:
quick notes, big projects, yard sale finds and sometimes even frugal flops.
My story starts with a new baby, one income, and a teensy home in a transitional 'hood.
Before I knew it, we were painting the exterior with $9 in recycled paint and embarking on a series of fixer-uppers to build equity.
I polished off The Tightwad Gazette in a week, then scoured the web for more frugal inspiration.
I found page after page of tips, but wrapping gifts in old newspaper didn't appeal to me. While I don't mind living on a budget, neither do I want to *look* cheap.
One day I stumbled across a community of Christian bloggers, women living their faith, making the most of their time and money.
I named this space after the only verse I do well and jumped in.In time, keeping home became more than a day job.
By living below our means, I'm learning to minister to my family, extend hospitality to others, and discover what stewardship is all about.
And so it's grown.
Every day my life is enriched by the people who visit here. Thank you for your encouragement and advice!
Finding Your Way Around Like Merchant Ships:
This blog is not so much a compendium of tips as it is one family's creative story.
I try to respect your time by showing, not telling. You can often find more detailed information by clicking "Comments" below each post.
You can read Like Merchant Ships chronologically by clicking "Older Posts" at the bottom of each page, or by searching the pull-down archive list.
If you're looking for a specific topic, click on any of the categories on the right and browse around.
From time to time I have challenged myself to do more with less. You can read these experiments and series here: