In the last few months the Lord has been working in my heart. I am learning to be a good steward. A good steward with my finances to be exact.
God has been asking me to be better with my spending.
Haggai 2:8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty.
This past school year has been a little different than those in the past. I have not had any kids at home or any needing to be picked up half way through the day. That’s right all my kids are in school full time.
So what does one do when they are home alone all day…spend money.
At least that’s what I was doing.
I was not out buying clothes for myself or blowing loads of cash on frivolous items.
I was updating rooms, minor home improvements stuff, weekly lunch dates, coffee shop stops, indulgent grocery shopping, really.
Luke 14:28-30 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
Finally in about March God laid on our hearts that it was time to restart our budget. My husband and I sat down and wrote out all our expenses, guesstimates on weekly items like gas, groceries, eating out, and then set a monthly budgeted amount for each item on our list.
At first I was worried that our weekly date day would no longer be fun or filling, but boy was I wrong. It’s fun shopping around for deals, using coupons and eating at places we have never been, just because we have a coupon.
We have involved our children in on our budget as well. We set a certain amount aside for “eating out” each month. As a family whole we decide how to use that budget. Eat out once somewhere nice, once a week dollar menu style, or several times a month getting small treats. It’s been fun to see the kids get creative and share with each other what really excites them. They are learning how to be wise with money and take ownership over family decisions.
One of my favorite parts of doing the budget is meal planning and grocery shopping. Weird, I know.
I like to see if i can do better each week than I had the week before. It’s like a game really.
And all the great stuff I gotten free is a bonus.
My 3 favorite places to find deals are:
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Okay your turn…
What has God been asking of you lately?
How do you save money?
What are your go to deal websites?
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