Raising a Family of 8 on a Budget: Cheap vs. Fast vs. Good8:59 PM
People are always amazed that we live on one income. I've been blogging since 2006, and since my husband has been home to help with things around the farm and the house, we've managed to live on just that. I handle social media for other companies, blog for others, as well as make money from freelance writing work. But it's meager compared to what most people make, and it's even less when you consider that we raise 6 kids, homeschool them, and feed them all at home!
When asked by someone what my mission was for things like cooking and decorating, I have explained that rule of Cheap vs. Fast vs. Good. You see, I'm a firm believer that for most people, you can't have all of these things, but you can have two if you really try hard.
Let's take meals for an example: When my husband cooks, he uses up every scrap from the fridge and freezer, making a delicious amazing meal that costs almost nothing. But it takes until 9pm to get it on the table. That's him accomplishing Cheap and Good. He fails the test of Fast, however.
When I cook, I usually get food on the table in less than 45 minutes. It's sometimes delicious, but that's usually because I'm using premium meats or convenience foods. So I've accomplished Fast and Good, but failed the test of Cheap. On the flipside, I sometimes manage to use cheap ingredients and put them on the table quickly, but the meat will be tough, or the flavors haven't developed. Here's the example of Cheap and Fast. I obviously failed Good.
|We painted our house ourselves. Cheap and Good. Not Fast.|
This works with most anything in life, from decorating your home to repairing your cars to gardening. If you want your sink fixed or your fuel lines replaced, you can have a mechanic do it quickly and properly. You will probably pay a fortune. We prefer to outsource very few things and work on it ourselves; it's cheaper but takes a long time because we usually have to order special tools or learn something or wait until we have finished other tasks. Usually our rule for repair is Good and Cheap, but never Fast.
What about you? Have you discovered the rule of Cheap vs. Fast vs. Good? Do you follow it differently for different areas of your life?