A few of you have mentioned, that my weekly amounts seem overly generous. That remains to be seen; however, I did intentionally put a cushion in each week’s “allowance.” Our cash budget is going to have to cover the following inevitable items: car repair (Jeremy buying parts), doctor co-pay, clothing/ shoes, garden maintenance, sanity date, and babysitting. I also don’t really want to publicly fail at this budget, so I’ve been a little bit more generous than I need to be in the hopes of inspiring you to beat me at my own game.
Also, and maybe this should go in the Cheapness Background, we don’t really have savings. (Pause for chastisement by all.) Okay, breathe. This money we are living off of is our “savings”. We do this every year. At some point, we hope to have a bit of savings, but so far we have needed to spend everything that we have. We could cut back our giving away and make a little cushion for ourselves, but we’d rather not. God makes it pretty clear that we don’t need to worry about tomorrow and that our heart will be where our treasure is, so, while we do want to be wise, we don’t want our security to rest in a nest egg. So we are planning to spend what we have and if there is leftover, we will probably just give it away. I know . . . we are such losers. Don’t tell Dave Ramsey or my brother. But maybe this cash budget will be a massive success and then my tune will change; let’s see.