Another Reason to Simplify: Unemployment

Way back at the start of this blog, I listed 5 Reasons why I want to simplify. Well, here’s another one: Unemployment. I debated for quite a while about whether I should mention it here on the blog or not, but I have been realizing lately just how relevant it is to the topics here. Plus, I feel like you guys are my friends, and I just feel like letting you know.

Mr. RSS has been unemployed for several months now, and this has certainly caused us to make more moves towards simplifying.

-We aren’t buying a lot of unnecessary things.

-We aren’t going to extra events that cost money, unless it is free or someone else is treating us

-We cancelled cable TV

-We cancelled our home phone (This was actually one of the hardest things for me.)

-We are getting rid of things by selling them. In some ways, this actually slows down the process of getting rid of things, because this is more complicated than just bringing them to Goodwill. Some things will still be donated, though. I’m trying to post at least one thing for sale each week. Last week I posted 2 things on Craigslist. They haven’t sold. I think I’m going to try eBay and see what happens there.

-I am trying to simplify meals and make more frugal meals.

There are some things related to unemployment that are not really simplifying, too.

-We are both trying to bring in some income in various ways, so that can be a little crazy with schedules and such.

-Stress/anxiety/discouragement – It’s there all right. The good thing about this is that it gives us opportunities to grow in faith. Here are a few Bible verses I remind myself of often (maybe not often enough!)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:6-9

I also just want to say that we have been so blessed on this journey. God has provided for us and encouraged us in so many different ways and through so many different people. Perhaps I will write more about that another time. And I will keep you posted on the job situation, too.

Have you ever dealt with unemployment?

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33 Responses to Another Reason to Simplify: Unemployment

  1. Margy

    So sorry you and your family are dealing with unemployment. We have been dealing with it off and on for two years now. It’s scary! I hope Mr. RSS is able to find something stable quickly. I think the worse part for us is never knowing when we will be back there, so even when my husband has a temporary job we are still in the scrimping mode. There is another blog I read where the woman posts stuff on CL a lot, and sometimes as many as 4 or 5 times before it sells. So don’t give up! She has some tips for craigslist selling somewhere on her blog. The blog is

  2. Margy

    That should read, Proofreading is so important! LOL

  3. Becky

    I have dealt with it twice in my life, the first time for 8 months & last year for 6. The hardest part is how lonely it can be, and your spirit can definitely take a beating. I found the book of James very helpful. Good luck to you!

  4. Chris

    Loss of employment can be very difficult, but that fact that you are working together on getting thru it, is a plus. Just one heads up. Check with your local 911 about their ability to locate you when calling 911 with a cell phone. NOT at 911 services have the ability to “find” you in an emergency. Depending on your area, you might want to go back to a land line as soon as the job issue is resolved. God Bless

  5. Kimberly

    Praying for you, my friend. .

  6. We are praying for you too! I love how you are working as a team to find creative sources of income.

  7. Not sure if there’s a Craigslist specific post about buying and selling, but I did write this love letter to “Craig” awhile back:



  8. leann

    Elizabeth, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. My husband went back to work three weeks ago and I lost my job today. Hang in there, it definitely gets better! There are a lot of us out here dealing with the same challenges.

    • Elizabeth

      Oh I’m so glad that your husband has a new job and so sorry to hear about your job. Ug! It is challenging out there right now. You hang in there, too!

  9. robbiekay

    Said a little prayer re. your husband’s employment situation after reading this post. I do hope you will share some of the ways in which you have seen God providing for your needs. I find such testimonies to be encouraging and I’ve got to believe others do, too!

  10. Tiffany C.

    My husband was laid off for a year and a half. I also felt the need to declutter. I had this feeling that if I would just give of my excess/stuff I didn’t need, freely, that Heavenly Father would make sure we had what we needed. It worked. I kept an ear out for the needs of others, and when times came that we were in need, someone would pop up and be the Hands of God in our lives. I’m sure He will do the same for you. You are truly blessing your family through your Simplifying journey!

  11. Margy

    Here is a post about CL and supplementing income that Katy wrote:

    And here is the one I was thinking of, where she listed a rug 5 or 6 times before it sold, and made $75!

  12. WilliamB

    I’m sending you all the good wishes I have, and hoping y’all find an income as soon as possible.

    For things you need, have you considered Freecycle?

  13. What a brave post, Elizabeth. I’m sure you’ve been dealing with a ton of ups and downs over the past couple months. I always find your blog so inspiring because your family unit seems so strong; that’s got to be so important when you’re in challenging circumstances like now. And you’re right about simplifying being frugal. I get so annoyed when I buy something that I already have because I lost or didn’t remember I had it!

  14. I am sorry to hear about your situation. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Your keeping your faith in Him and placing your hope in the Bible is inspiring.

    I believe you once wrote that you went to FPU. Do you listen to the Dave Ramsey Show too? With the debt-free calls and such, I found it very motivational. I listened to that when I do the dishes and fold laundry, etc. Part of the reasons that I could keep laundry under control and not miss the landline as much 🙂 (We also cut the landline and cable too)

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Messy Wife! I do listen to Dave’s show! In fact I do the exact same thing – listen while I’m doing dishes and laundry. Great minds think alike, eh? Or maybe messy wives who enjoy advice on finances think alike?

      • “Great minds think alike” – *Like*
        I’d like to think that we are on our way to greatness, despite of how hopeless some people, including my own self occasionally, may think 🙂

  15. Oh, just remember, I read an article about selling on craiglist before:

    I sold a dining table set long time ago but should definitely put more up for sale.

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