Save to Give: March Update

I stayed up WAY too late last night writing a sentimental post for my daughter’s upcoming birthday, so this will be quick.

If you don’t know what the Save To Give Challenge is, you can follow the link to read about it.  But basically, we are trying to GIVE away as much money as we SAVE on consumable items like groceries, toiletries, medicines, etc.

My NORMAL budget for these items is $400 a month, but we were over this month. We spent$516.30.  HOWEVER, $73 of our spending was set up for our gardens.  I am including that expense in our consumables budget because I am VERY optimistic that we will actually get to consume the fruits (and vegetables) of this investment.  Realistically, I guess some of the expense was wood and soils that I don’t plan to consume; however, I am just putting it all in there.  Anyway, the garden post will have to be later.

WE saved . . . . drumroll . . .$526.70. Hooray.That means that we are up to a savings of $1707 for the year.

Yea coupons and dozens of hours doing smart shopping!!

We really drug our feet on getting this Save to Give on track, but thankfully, we are almost fully caught up with matching our savings.

Strangely, we are really starting to enjoy it!  It was a blast using some of the save to give money to help my Dad out as he heads on his sixth trip to Tanzania to help teach national pastors there.  If you want to join an awesome man on his journey, check out here.

I keep being reminded that this isn’t our money in the first place so we should be giving joyfully. Whoo-hoo! Go give away money!!

2 Corinthians 9:7 (New International Version, ©2011)

7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.