I know all about this one as I've lived it, was able to come to the place of true contentment and am still practicing being content no matter the future decisions. I can say that I've been there, done that and bought the entire collection. What am I talking about? Contentment.
If a wife learns to be content with what her husband provides, she will save herself, her husband and her children a lot of needless problems. I admit that I was NOT content in the early years of our marriage because I didn't fully understand what was really important in life. All I could see is what we didn't have and there was always something more I wanted. This caused problems with our marriage and with our finances.
As a wife, you must learn contentment and learn to be content with what your husband provides. If you don't, you will be that millstone, that nag, that brings everyone down. You will squander the family finances on your discontent and tear down your house with your own hands as the Bible speaks of. If I could go back in time and talk to my younger self - I would slap her and tell her to look around and how blessed she is and quit belly-aching about what she didn't have!! Obviously I can't do that but thankfully God did, over time, let things come our way that made me "wake up" to the fact that I was not a good wife.
Some husbands can never pay off debt or even save a dime because their wives blow it all on stupid stuff they didn't even need. The ironic thing is, this same wife that squanders all the money, will have the gumption to blame her husband for not providing for her needs later on when she spent all the money and can't buy a loaf of bread. Most husbands would get tired of this kind of woman and who could blame them?
I never have anything. I haven't bought a new dress in 2 years. The kids need new shoes. This house needs repairs. Tommy needs more diapers. And on and on... What about the money that you spent on Mcd's? Or how about the $200 you spent on that new electronic you had to have so bad? See - nobody wants to face themselves when the hard times come, especially wives! They want to blame the husband, when in most cases it is shown that women are the big spenders; not men.
It is time to wake up to the important things in your life ladies! Look around you at your children and what your husband has provided you with and BE THANKFUL!! That is contentment really - a thankful heart. A thankful heart will not whine about all it doesn't have. A thankful heart will be overwelmed with all it does have.
Your not going to make it on one-income with an unthankful, discontented, greed-full heart and if you do, you will do it with DEBT! You will find the way to spend money you don't have and that is what state most Americans are in today. Don't spend what you don't have by learning contentment!
This post, if applied, will save you life-long marital and financial battles!