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Budgets - friend and foe

16th March 2009

Budgets - friend and foe

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I was told by Handsome over the weekend that we had no more money for dining out for the rest of the month. Not even a run through the drive-thru for hungry kids. And definitely no money for a coffee at Starbucks. Poor me.

Please don’t think that this budget has been imposed on me and I am just the poor little woman that has to deal with it. We worked on it together and we both agreed to abide by it. We have certain financial goals, one of which is to remain debt free while also being generous with the money God has provided. To do this we have to make certain choices. One of those choices is not spending much money on eating out (we budget $50 a month for entertainment, which covers eating out and renting movies and all that). So, okay, that’s fine.

As a result I’ve been thinking today about some new food ideas to make things a little bit more exciting and interesting in the food department. It’s when I get bored in the kitchen that I want to eat out. I know how much I have left to spend on food for the month and I’ve got enough to allow me to be a bit creative.

Budgets are an interesting thing. They tell us that we may only have $50 a month to spend on entertainment, but they also tell us that hey! We have enough saved to buy that pair of shoes! They show us how much we’re giving back to the Lord, which I always find very exciting. So budgets are sometimes a pain in the butt, but they’re also very freeing. I believe it was my husband that once said “A budget is not so much a spending plan as it is a freedom plan.”

So I think I’ll start thinking of it as our Freedom Plan. I like the sound of it better :)

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  1. 1 On March 19th, 2009, Leigh Ann said:

    My hubby & I celebrate “Financial Freedom Day” every November 17th. It’s a day we remember our financial journey & celebrate all that God has given us over the years we’ve been married. Nov. 17th is the day, one month before we married, that Dad gave my hubby a financial pep talk. I say that to suggest you find a way to celebrate - monthly? yearly? where God’s has taken/is taking you financially. The biggest reason we do that is to pass it on to the kids. It gives us a reason & reminder to share financial wisdom with them.

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