operation: it’s all about the benjamins.. baby.

October 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

So, the hubby and I have been slacking in the tithe department.

By  ‘slacking’,  I mean, we pay our bills and spend our money.. then give God what’s left at the end of the month.  Let’s just say that Josh and I have not yet perfected the art of having much money left over at the end of the month.

Terrible! I know.  However, I am confessing it to the blog world and am determined to turn this around.  Our pastor had a pretty honest conversation with the congregation last Sunday.  It was one of those sermons that has you squirming in your seat and looking around to see who might get up and leave…but! it was gut wrenchingly real and honest.. and that is why I love my church.

As I am sure is the case in most churches, since the recession- giving has been down almost 50%.  My church has a great philosophy around spending- one of the reasons Josh and I both love it so much.  They give away so much money. Community outreach, sponsoring orphans around the world, building churches and schools.  Unfortunately, most of that has had to come to a halt because the church barely has enough money to cover electricity, the mortgage.. the basics.

There are members of our church who have lost their jobs and who are still giving.  Josh and I have both been blessed with amazing jobs (josh has two!) and yet we have not made it a priority in our lives.  ugh.

At this point, I feel ashamed.  Almost like the bratty teenager who takes everything her parents give her for granted.  scratch that- I feel exactly like the bratty teenager who takes everything I’ve been given for granted.

There are children out there that my church can no longer support, because I needed a pumpkin spice latte on my way to work.   Ok, so that is a little bit dramatic… but it’s true.  I have put my wants and daily comforts over God’s commandment.   Worshiping the gift instead of the giver.. blah.

All that being said- we re-worked the old budget.  I cant believe how much money we were wasting!  the goal for grocery spending was 50 dollars a week.. we have been averaging (cringe) $150 a week!  for two people!  in addition to that, we have completely slacked in the saving department, too.

oh my land.  Now, the first bill we pay is to Jesus, the next is to our savings… then we fit the rest in.  For the next two months, our aim is to tithe 10% and save $2,000.  To accomplish this, we are cutting waaaay back.   Our budget for this month:

  • $200 for groceries
  • $100 for entertainment
  • $200 for gas
  • $25 for dogs expenses (new countertops not included 😦 )
  • $100 for “extras”

Hello, coupon clipping.  Goodbye, cute new autumn clothes.  I will miss you, but I know that the money we will save and give to God will be worth it.  Maybe I can buy you in 2 months when you are on the clearance rack.

So- that is the plan.  After these next two months,  Josh and are going to re-evaluate the savings goal and see if it needs tweaking.. and I promise to confess if I’ve gotten off track.  Keep me accountable.. thanks 🙂



Entry filed under: Operation: Budget, Operation: Jesus.

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