Last night, I zipped out of the house for a few minutes (we've self-imposed a quarantine here this weekend until all of us are feeling better) and picked up a quick treat for the kids (Burger King - not terribly frugal or healthy, which is why it's a once-in-a-while treat) as well as the Kit Kittredge movie at the Redbox across the street from BK.

I actually paid for the Redbox rental since I haven't checked the Inside Redbox site for FREE codes for a while. (Go click and check it out - you can rent movies from your local Redbox for FREE!)

This movie was well worth the $1.00 I spent. Not only is a well-made movie with several recognizeable stars, it's a great family movie. We all loved it.

Oh, and it's set in Cincinnati, so we love it for that reason, too! ;-)

I won't spoil the movie for those of you who haven't seen it, but a great deal of the movie deals with the hard times that fall upon Kit's family during the Great Depression.

I watched as Foreclosure signs were hammered into the front yards of houses in the movies; the characters were truly and utterly devastated. I couldn't help but think how that resonates with the foreclosures that so many people are facing or on the brink of facing in our nation today.

I also watched Kit's mother do all that she could to keep their home intact. I was reminded greatly of the Proverbs 31 woman who does all she can for her family and does it with a heart full of hope and praise for God.

I wondered as I watched if I would have what it takes to face such trying financial times as were seen during the Great Depression. While I am ever seeking to be more frugal in how I spend our dollars and use our resources, I am no Frugal Diva of Perfection.

I'm not even close, baby. That's why I'm The *New* Frugal Mom, m'kay? ;-)

Here's the thing: I might not be close, but I can strive to be more like the Proverbs 31 woman every day (especially the on her tongue is kindly counsel part since sarcasm is my fave anger-management tool).

How will I know when I'm *there*?

The simple fact is there is no hard and firm *there* for this frugal journey that I'm on (and that you're on). Life is full of changes - family size, jobs, and health, to name a few - of all sorts that require us to assess and evaluate how we're allocating our money and how we could change our habits and spending to conserve or create more of those funds.

I hope that each day I can be more closely aligned with the example of the Proverbs 31 woman who does much for her family and community, who loves God, and who works with the strength of her mind as well as her arms.

And I hope that if our family should ever fall into deep financial trouble like the Kittredges that I'll find the strength in my soul to make lemonade out of lemons.

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  1. Kim // February 15, 2009 5:42 PM  

    Hi Marianne. I've been loving your blog and posting to "Let's Go Krogering" every week. Just wanted to let you know that I awarded you the Lemonade Award! Please stop by my blog for details!


  2. Marianne Thomas // February 15, 2009 8:36 PM  

    Kim: Thanks so much - you're really kind. I appreciate you linking up every week!

    I'll grab the award and spread the love later this week. Smiles!

  3. Michele // February 16, 2009 7:25 AM  

    I LOVED this movie too. I took DD#2out to see it in theaters. And it is one I plan on buying.

  4. Marianne Thomas // February 16, 2009 6:06 PM  

    Michele: We loved it, too! And it's nice to see that they're making real family-oriented movies that everyone can enjoy.

    Thanks for commenting!

  5. Angie // February 28, 2009 5:52 PM  

    My daughters loved this movie. Kit is my oldest daughter's fave American Girl.

    I didn't watch it, but I could hear it in the other room and for some reason the word HOBO kept cracking me up. I don't know why, obviously that's what they were called back then, but it struck me as funny :)