|What if you don't make much and never will? I know God provides. I don't fear not having necessities, but what about belief in government assistance? What about standard of living... say your extended family thinks your standards should be higher with having things beyond necessity?
When we started, dh made 11,000 his first year in the States. When we did the taxes we could not figure out how we'd made it.
His pay has increased over 8 years (with the birth of each new child, go figure
) but it's not even at the average income. At the moment we're living with family while he's in his country, and our income is limited to rents, when the tenants actually pay.
Government assistance: I cringe at it. However, dh doesn't. The government takes an awful lot of our money, especially owning properties. He feels it's a fair exchange to use it when it's absolutely necessary, considering how much he is paying in and will continue to pay whether we need it or not, being a man who never stops working.
Lifestyle: It's our family. How we live is our business. I don't care what random strangers think of us. I do care about how my family views us but our convictions and what God has called us to takes precedence. Fortunately, my family is very understanding. And if there are things they wish our kids could have, but we can't afford, they generally offer them as birthday presents. Basically continuing on what dad's parents did for them when they were a young family living frugally.