Going through these tough economic times has been an eye opening experience for our family. We have learned that it is certainly nice to have money to pay the bills but money isn't everything if you step back and take a look at the big picture. We have seen so many blessings during this challenging time such as our health, a wonderful circle of friends and family, our faith and church family and the realization that money and "things" are not so important. We have had to be creative in our search for fun family times that are inexpensive but it is possible. I love to read The Simple Dollar where Trent talks about frugality and personal finances. He has a great post on this subject that you can check out here.