Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Raw Milk And Paid For Cars

Ok I know that raw milk and paid for cars have nothing to do with each other, but they are what I am thankful for this morning. With all the lay off that have been going on in my city I am so thankful that my husband still has a job and in fact is getting overtime as a technical college instructor.

Due to him teaching extra classed we are going to be able to pay off our Saturn Vue in the next 3 weeks! We will never ever buy a brand new car again. Thanks to Dave Ramsey who has taught us so much about finances. We never thought that we would be able to pay our car off so fast. I got a letter from the finance company telling me I was way ahead on my payments. I thought it was kind of funny.

I am not trying to brag, but we bought this car in April 2006. We made minimum payments for 2 years and saw little traction. After being introduced to Financial Peace University we decided to try a little harder and learn to budget. The Lord has blessed our efforts. Last June we owed somewhere between $12-14,000. We did not start getting serious and paying extra until November. It is now June 1 year later and we are almost finished! That is on a teacher's salary. Now do you have an idea of what my grocery budget looks like?

I am also thankful for raw milk. I have looked for almost a year to find a good source that does not charge $6 a gallon and take an hour to get to. The Lord finally blessed us with a wonderful source from an Amish farm about 30 minutes from my house. Mr. Borntrager only charges me $2.50 a gallon for fresh, organic, raw milk! He also has fresh eggs for $1.50 a dozen. I noticed that his wife also makes cheese. I think I will have to try some when I go this week.

To put this all together I am thankful for having 1 paid for minivan and 1 soon to be paid for SUV to be able to drive and pick up healthy, reasonably priced food for my family. Hopefully if my toddler will let me type this post will be a nice lead into my planned topic for today, buying diary.


  1. Wow! That is so cool. I have a Vue too and I love it so much...I bought it in May of 07 and am well over half-way to paying it off with DR's help. We paid off my husband's car first and then it got totaled! However, it was a huge relief to not worry about paying off a loan and trying to find another car with little in savings.

    Glad to find your blog through Heavenly Homemakers!

  2. Marsha... if you have collision on your hubby's car, the insurance company would give you the money for a new car. Just an FYI for future reference!

  3. What a blessing! We are blessed as well to have both of our cars paid off, and it's been such a boon financially.

    And if we were still purchasing raw milk, I'd be VERY jealous of that price! Outstanding! We couldn't find anything cheaper than $9 a gallon, so we gave up and bought a goat ;)

  4. We are blessed with 2 paid for cars and we love them. Soon we will be getting chickens and dairy goats. I'm really excited about it. Have a great week.

  5. Lorrie, I'm from the Wichita area and have been searching and searching for raw milk at a good price. Do you mind giving me some contact info? I'm also interested in the free range eggs.

  6. Fade,
    I realized that I have not had a chance to get my contact info up for this blog yet. You are welcome to send an email to my other blog email.
    mommy stays home 2 @ yahoo dot com (Take out the spaces)
    I also received some information today on another place near Udall that supplies raw milk. The same email had info on a CSA. I can forward that to you as well.