What is Saving the Crumbs?
Welcome to Saving the Crumbs! We’re so glad you stopped by. You may be wondering, “So what is this website all about?” How about a story as we get acquainted?
Not long after getting married, Deb started baking bread to feed her growing husband (horizontal rather than vertical growth, I’m afraid). Early on, her in-progress bread recipe resulted in a lot of crumbs being left on the cutting board. Rather than throwing it all away like we instinctively would’ve done, she began to save the crumbs in a container in the freezer. With the regular production of bread coming out of our oven, it wasn’t long before the crumbs added up to be enough to make breaded onion rings! That small, consistent, effortless, and seemingly insignificant habit turned into something of real value through the course of time. (And since then, she’s perfected her bread recipe.)
So what does this story have to do with this blog (besides being the source of its name)? It is an illustration of the values that we believe in: the values of economy, frugality, intentionality, simplicity, efficiency, saving, and planning. We’ll share our personal experiences and what we’ve learned about being resourceful with money. There will be tips and suggestions mingled in with a few rants here and there. However, the central message of this blog is that a fulfilling and meaningful life does not consist in accumulating more and more, but rather in living an intentionally simple and efficient life. We don’t claim to have arrived, but we invite you to join us on this journey as a fellow Crumb Saver!
Who are these Crumb Savers?
We are Al and Deb, and we live in the beautiful Chattanooga area of Tennessee. We are Asian Americans who each work for small Christian non-profit organizations. While we have never earned large incomes, we have managed to save 50% or more of our gross income in recent years while contributing at least 20% regularly to our church and other charitable causes. Yet we do this while living a very satisfying and fulfilled life. Yes, our lifestyle is simpler than most middle class Americans, but it doesn’t mean that we live a crummy life (pun intended)! In fact, we still have more clothes than we need and we probably spend more than we should on leisure and vacation. It is our sincere belief that the vast majority of us can live simpler lives, and rather than it being a terrible burden, would in fact make us happier and more contented people. As an added benefit, this lifestyle will allow greater saving and investing which leads to greater financial freedom and more opportunities to help others. Maybe such a lifestyle is the secret to attaining the things that really matter in life. Things like spending more time with family, pursuing our calling even if it doesn’t pay a lot, volunteering for some worthy cause, becoming a missionary, giving more to church and charity, or so much more. Can saving the crumbs in life actually lead to such incredible results? Keep following this blog to find out!