One very important event helped me tremendously. A friend told me about a monthly plan that would allow me access to attorneys who could advise me on my situation. Only five minutes into the DVD presentation I hit pause, got online, and signed up. As mentioned in part one of this blog, I was arrested multiple times for crimes I never committed, each time paying bail to be released. The law firm was able to refund my bail on four of the six occasions. I then repaid family and friends from whom the bail money had come. The attorneys also spoke to the IRS on my behalf and proved that I didn’t owe the taxes they were seeking. I was very impressed with everything the attorneys did for me. That fact led to my next frugal decision…network marketing. I asked my friend how to make money with the company. She explained, I signed up, and within three months I earned three promotions and three raises. Enter massive sigh of relief and a sense of accomplishment.
I continued shopping at thrift stores and clearance racks while marketing the legal plan. I still bought the lowest-priced fuel and went to free – or almost free – events with my son. I only used my secured Visa after sending a payment in the amount I planned to spend and I saved as much as possible. I still ran into setbacks but I pushed forward. Eventually I reached an income level that allowed me to get an apartment and purchase a used vehicle, 100% cash. I’d like to say that was the end of the story but it was not. However, I had reached a point where I could relax and felt zero financial anxiety. There would be many more years of suffering the consequences of the thief’s actions. But through it all, Living Frugally played an important role in helping me bounce back and rise above!
Thinking back to this traumatic event, throughout which I spent less than I made, reminds me of Proverbs 21: 20--- The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.
PS: When I started this ministry I intended to never mention where a person could get the legal plan I mentioned in this blog. I made this decision because it seemed very self-serving because I am now an associate of the company, selling the legal plan products. However, i know it helped me out of a serious financial bind. And, isn't what this blog site and my ministry are a ll about? So, here is a link to my site. Look around, check out the videos and write to me if you have questions. let God- not me- be your guide when it comes to deciding if the membership is right for you and your loved ones.