Thursday, November 14, 2019

An Old Fashioned Budget

Cover of Mrs. White's book.

~ Our newest book, brought to you by "The Legacy of Home Press." ~

Here is a description from the back cover:

   It is easier to earn money than it is to save it.  We really need to remember what it was like generations ago when saving money was a common way of life.   In this book I will share many ideas and a history of old time thrift.

I will explain how to start a financial journal (or money diary) as a bookkeeping tool to carefully monitor the household spending.  I will describe, in detail, how to set up an old fashioned, modest budget without using modern categories of spending that were unheard of by humble families in previous generations.

   You will be intrigued to read how a wife can carefully manage bookkeeping for the home in a family of limited means.

There are many modern budgets for the middle and upper classes.  Here you will find financial help for those living simply on a small income.


 Every business has its own bookkeeper.  In like manner, every home ought to have a designated person to manage the household income. This slim volume is intended to inspire you to want to do your own bookkeeping for the home.

The chapters include:

1. Introduction  (Why we need a budget and bookkeeping method for families living on a small income.)

2. The Chosen (Will it be the husband or the wife who will keep the books?)

3. A Simple Budget  (An old fashioned, thrifty budget without modern categories of spending.)

4. We'll Get By  (Ideas and explanation for managing on a small income.)

5.  Yankee Thrift  (Old time thinking about saving money and practical living.)

6. Bookkeeping for the Home  (Fictitious Families are introduced to describe how this works.)

7. Money Diary  (Several Questions are answered to describe how to keep track of spending.)

8. The Writing Desk  (Inspired by the photograph on the front cover of the book - gives old time ideas of managing the house accounts, with practical suggestions.  - The picture was taken a few months ago by Mrs. White. It is the writing desk in the sitting room of Mrs. Robert Lincoln at her historic summer mansion in Vermont.)

9. The Old Fashioned Budget  (Detailed explanation of how to do this, along with an example from our fictitious family. Includes practical ways of really saving money.)

10.  A Trusted and Diligent Bookkeeper  (Full of helpful ideas on saving money and living on a small income. This can be accomplished with a trusted wife as she diligently manages the finances.)

The Appendix includes photographs of a handwritten budget and a sample spending diary.

I explain exactly what tools I use to do my bookkeeping (in a simple, old fashioned way).  I have been using this method for more than 30 years as a housewife. Like all families, we have had our share of mistakes. But the principles contained in this book have helped our family get through the good times and the bad.

This slim, 77 page, paperback book is available for sale through Amazon:

An Old Fashioned Budget: Humble Financial Management for the Christian Housewife.

Any help in spreading the word would be very much appreciated.  Also, if you are able to write a review on Amazon, it would be so helpful! Thank you so much!


 Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Gratefully Living on a Small Income - Standard of Living.

The Reality - Retirement Planning for the Poor.

Old Time Wisdom from Colonial Days - To Earn and Not to Spend.


Anna said...

I'm going to pray that my husband will say yes to this purchase... :)

Thelma said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on the colander centrepieces.
Congratulations on your new book. It will be an inspiration for families.
I am retired and an empty nester. I have grown up in a large family 14 children. I guess that has taught me to save and do with what we have.
I am your newest follower.
I'm happy to have found your blog.

Amelia said...

Oh wonderful! Another new Mrs. White book! : D

I'll be sure to spread the word and purchase a copy too! Our family enjoys your books. This sounds wonderful.

There are so many ways homemakers can make money by saving money.

Have a blessed day!

Deanna said...

I enjoy your blog so very much!
Always a treat to visit,

Mama Said No said...

May I just quietly say....


I have been needing this type of information for years. I can do many things, I have many talents, but just sitting down and making a budget isn't one of my strengths. I need to be shown how to do this, and from what I have seen in your blogs and your books--I am certain that this new book will help me a lot. Ordering now!

BTW--I love seeing your YouTube videos. It not only puts a face with your words, it gives your sweet voice to whatever I read. I have always felt as if you were a good friend giving wise council, and now even more so.

Lana said...

This book will be a blessing for many. I have had a budget that is hand recorded and kept for decades. My kids want me to put it on my computer but my old fashioned way is a comfort to me.

Billie Jo said...

What a wonderful book!
You are so talented, and such a blessing to many.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Sounds like a marvelous book Mrs. White! I've just ordered a copy on Amazon, as I had some $$ to spend there, and I can't wait for my copy to arrive, and I will certainly leave a review for you. Many blessings to you sweet friend!

Jean | said...

Mrs White, what a delightful approach to household budget management! I'm sure it will be helpful to many. There is, I think, a growing interest in living more simply and getting off the consumerism merry-go-round.

Karen Del Tatto said...

I LOVE the premise of this book!! What a wonderful idea!!

It's funny, I'm about to start a new journal for my home bookkeeping, a method I've been using ever since we were married. But until I saw your description, I didn't realize I was essentially doing it the old fashioned way!

I didn't realize you wrote books. May the Lord bless this book abundantly. It looks like a very worthwhile read.

Thanks for sharing.

The 1765 Homestead said...

I am so excited for this book - I got it as an early Christmas present! :)