1. We admitted we were powerless over money, material goods - that having granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances and keeping up with the Joneses were not the end all we were led to believe.
2. Came to believe that the Power of Cheap could restore us to sanity and frugality.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of frugal living, and voluntary simplicity or die trying.
4. Made a searching and fearless inventory of our checkbook, bank accounts, credit card debt, etc. to see where we stand financially.
5. Admitted to God, our creditors, our spouses/partners, our children, our in-laws, friends, and anyone who will listen, the exact nature of our past wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to embrace our inner-frugality.
7. Humbly asked God to remove our urges to shop, shop and shop.
8. Made a list of all the dumb needless junk we thought we just had to have and that we really don't need, and became willing to either sell them, give them away, or re-purpose, re-cycle, or re-use them.
9. Sheepishly and humbly made direct amends to our children -hoping to role-model the value of a really good life without "stuff." (Good Luck)
10. Continued to take various inventories around the homestead, and when we found too much abundance of things we don't really need, or couldn't find a practical purpose for them, we donated it to those less fortunate. (or are they?)
11. Sought through prayer and meditation and an occasional drink, the fortitude to continue to improve our cheap skills and frugality and forever embracing a budget.
12. Having had a job loss, a pay cut, or an abundant of bills, as a result of keeping up with the Joneses - or bad decisions - we tried to carry this message to neighbors, family, bloggers, friends of bloggers and their friends friends, etc, and to anyone else who will listen, to practice these cheap lessons in all our affairs.