A Confession & A Testimony

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First my confession…

I LOVE food.  Even slightly more than I love books and for those who know, me that’s saying A LOT!  I love to experiment with flavors so I’m constantly trying new recipes.  It’s a blessing and a curse to being creative with food.  The blessing is eating in my house is always an adventure.  The curse is that it’s sometimes really hard for me to make a recipe the same way twice.  What this love of food has lead to is an EXTREMELY inflated budget.  Other than our mortgage it is our highest monthly cost.  My husband has been very understanding of my obsession and has rarely complained about how much I spend.  He really should receive an award because I have spent outrageously in this area.  I mean it.  I confess it has not been done wisely nor have I been mindful of God’s command for us to be good stewards of what He has given us.

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  Luke 16:10

We have been blessed financially.  Jordan has a very secure job that he truly enjoys.  This job allowed us to move to California almost in the height of the real estate boom.  We live on a beautiful street in a great neighborhood and drive two cars.  Things have been tight from time to time, but we’ve never come close to losing anything.  I tell you this because I want you to understand that because of our blessings I became sloppy.  I forgot to be a good steward.  I just happily went along doing my thing and asking for more and more money to be allocated to the food budget.  I was wrong and I know better.

My testimony…

Last winter Jordan and I lead a class on Crown Money Map.  (The Lord has a sneaky way of calling to you to teach on something you really stink at so that you will open your eyes and be called accountable.)  It really did open our eyes and we have diligently kept our budget and paid off our debt, with the exception of our mortgage.  But I still was overspending our food budget.  I had plenty of excuses, but my heart was being convicted.

So last month I made a plan.  I diligently worked to stick to my plan.  There were a few days that didn’t work out as I expected, but over all I did it.  I did one major grocery shopping trip and then refused to return at every little whim.  As I ran out of items I made a list.  No impulse shopping for me.  We ate out less.  You know what?  No one complained.  And here is the big news…

Not only did I not go over my budget, I came in $423 under my budget!!!  Woohoo!!  God is good and I was able to do it because I followed what He said and stuck to my plan.  I pray this will continue.  I would love to see our budget permanently reduced and that is my goal.  It’s my way of contributing to the health and financial well-being of my family.

You can do it, too!  Join us in blessing our families by being prepared.  Make your plan and don’t waiver.  God will bless the work of your hands.

But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.  All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.  Proverbs 14:22a-23


  1. It IS easy to make this mistake. I am engaged to a man that loves good eating as much as I do. We have no children and don’t live together so most nights I’m only cooking for one. And I live two MINUTES from the grocery store – in a big city with a gagillion other ethnic stores, healthfood stores, and speciality food stores all within minutes of my home.

    It is WAAAY to easy to “just swing by” a store to make whatever I”m craving. But last December when I added up my grocery receipts…man, I’m spending more than my mother did when she had a family of 8 to feed!

    Your post is the motivation I need to get myself back in gear – just in time for my June wedding. Thanks!

  2. Serena - March 10, 2012

    Yes, we can ALL save somewhere….if we are more aware.

  3. We all might not find $400 in our budget (percentage of my budget wise, I don’t think that would be possible for me), but we all could probably find some extra. No matter where we are on the spectrum of food, nutrition, and frugality, we can always learn to do better! I know that I can!

    And no, neither Kristina nor I used up any of our stored meals last month! Yeeeehaw! That’s what so exciting–to see the stores increase at the same time saving money!

  4. so…what IS your budget? cuz $423 under, say $1500…I’d assume not so hard. 😉 Did you use up any of what you had been storing? That’s been my issue. I ALWAYS go over budget and write some of it off to “well, what if the disaster strikes tomorrow?”

    • My budget isn’t $1500 but it was high enough that when I started to talking to my friends about they’re own budgets my heart was convicted to do better. Remember my confession about being a foodie? Well like anything we enjoy we can quickly get out of balance and that’s really what I have done over the last few years. So, that being said, I am working extra hard to bring down my budget to a more reasonable and manageable number. Yes, saving $400 is amazing and wonderful, but what I’m really trying to do in the long run is learn to be obedient with what I’ve been given.

  5. I’m glad it was encouraging to you Tim! Thanks for joining in with a comment!

  6. Tim Curiel - March 2, 2012

    Thank you for sharing, this is encouraging!

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