Saturday 28 January 2012

Look After The Pennies…

January is when all the newspapers and magazines carry articles about managing your money properly in the New Year, and this year is even worse than last, with even more talk of recession.

Have you seen this one from Pie Foundry ? [buy the postcards here]

spend a £

And this one from the Buy Nothing Day website


Frugal Queen has this wonderful Wordle on her sidebar, entitled You Are Not What You Buy


It’s 70 years since the US Government issued this poster in 1942. Back then, people signed the pledge to show their commitment to the War Effort. Perhaps it should be re-issued in an updated form, to remind us to shop sensibly.

victory pledge

Like others I have been thinking about my New Year Budget Plans. I am amazed by the variations in people’s methods of spending and saving, and the proportions of their income they allocate to different items. I shall post more about this later. But two Bible passages about money to be going on with…

The Pharisees came to Jesus and said, "Teacher, we know you have integrity, that you are indifferent to public opinion, don't pander to your students, and teach the way of God accurately. Tell us: Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"

He knew it was a trick question, and said, "Why are you playing these games with me? Bring me a coin and let me look at it." They handed him one.

   "This engraving—who does it look like? And whose nameCaesar-Augustus-Coin is on it?"

   "Caesar," they said.

Jesus said, "Give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his."

   Their mouths hung open, speechless.

[Mark 12, The Message]


You can't worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you'll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can't worship God and Money both.

[Matthew 6, the Message]


  1. Careful stewardship comes to mind. Looking after family, the planet (so beautifully crafted and deserves better treatment) using our gifts and talents wisely. xxx

  2. However, it's all well and good us doing all this in January, but can we carry on doing this throughout the year?

    I am hoping so in this house.

    Gill in Canada

  3. Hi Angela! Great post!
    It seems like people are still buying here, just a tiny bit less.
    I wish you a lovely weekend, friend!

  4. Thinking about it, we really don't need much at all.
    Jane x

  5. Sentiments after my own heart (as you know!) - and there is a very good little saying on Moneysaving expert - do I need it? Can I afford it? So much of what we buy we could easily do without.

    Pomona x


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