In the land of resolutions, I did not meet one of my goals for last year.
Well, one is too small a number. I should say, there is one particular goal that I did not meet, which I’m going to tell you about.
Last year I started using an excel spreadsheet, courtesy of Jenny at Southern Savers to track my spending and saving for each week. (I’m linking you in case you want to use it.) I had a mental goal of how much I wanted to spend, how much I wanted to save, and how much I wanted to give.
Give? You ask. Yes. Last year, I really felt like God was telling me that the amount we gave away should be at least equal to the amount we consumed, which incidentally, for you tenthers out there, is a scary amount more than 10% of our budget. So my goal was that, through intentional spending and saving, I wanted our family to give away as much or more than we spent on consumables like groceries, household items, etc. Basically things that don’t last. Consuming doesn’t last. But giving does.
And, in the spirit of honesty, I am just going to tell you the amounts. Maybe you will pass out or reject reading this blog once you learn how much we actually spent. (Especially since the two coupon bloggers that I follow both spent less than HALF of what we did!!)
Drumroll please . . .
In 2010, on consumables we
Spent: $5903 (Hooray! My goal was not to crack 6K.)
Saved: $6465 (Hooray! My goal was more than 50% saved.)
Gave: $?? Well, I’m not going to be do that. I thought I was when I started typing this post, but now I realized that would be pharisaical. The non numerical summary is that we didn’t make it. We were very, very close, but we didn’t give away as much as we used up.
SO, I’m going to try again this year. I’m determined we can do it. I think I might up the ante and say that we are going to give away all the money that I SAVE through intentional spending.
Will this make us save less? Will it make us give more? Is this an arbitrary matching game? Well, for me it has been a good motivation and it keeps me spending carefully and giving sacrificially, which is what God calls us to do with HIS money.
Here’s some inspiration. Today at Harris Teeter Super Doubles, I spent $39 (saved $92). Some of the pictures of my loot are pictured above.
When I was thinking about writing this post I realized that for $38 a month–less than I spent today and WAY less than I saved, we sponsor this Compassion child. So there you go . . . a little motivation.
Want to join the Save to Give Challenge? Download the spending tracker and get started! Wouldn’t it be cool if all that couponing actually made a difference? Can you give more than you consume?