Well, I'll just get to the point and give a synopsis of how January went. . . . We were over-budget! You could sort of see the trend based on how we fared on the first pay in Jan. I didn't get a chance to post the break-down for S-Money$'s second pay this month but needless to say our total spent this month was approximately $525 ==> which put us at $125 over-budget for Jan. . . Yikes!
This still begs the question of how much is enough to feed our family since not all of the $125 overage was due to strictly feeding The Brood. We also had a couple of hospitality get-togethers at our place and elsewhere. Really, we just happen to be a growing and HUNGRY family, lol! Since our budget is very thin, there isn't always room to include extras, account for shortages or 'hospitality' without reassessing the overall budget and seeing where we can either make cuts or move funds around. My hypothesis is that we will need to increase our monthly budgeted amount at some point . . . . . just don't know how much yet and the best place to pull from. *pondering*
Today is payday again and I'll be starting the budget challenge for February, still going on the $200/pay - then reassess at the end of the month to notate any trends, shortages, overages, etc. So keep any tips, tricks, low-cost recipes, etc. coming this way to share with me and others!
But in the meantime, I want to keep things in perspective. No matter what it seems like we don't have, God reminds me that all we need is enough - which is something I need to be reminded as I make out my grocery list. This blessing of enough has been illustrated to me on several occasions with a surprise visit by my mother-in-law coming out and treating us with dinner when we happen to be low on groceries, finding a new recipe that uses what's left in the cupboards and avoiding extra expenses, or even finding $5 in my pocket by surprise which enables me to get milk/eggs/or bread for the week.
See, God has always provided to give us enough - blessing us through His own generosity and through the generosity of others. Proverbs 30:7-9 is a GREAT reminder of God's provision. Here's a video of Francis Chan explaining just what this verse means to him as well. I dare myself, and YOU, to say this prayer and help strengthen each other as we strive to live it!
7 O God, I beg two favors from you before I die.
8 First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.
9 For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, "Who is the Lord?" And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God's holy name.