Sunday, January 30, 2011

88 cents, actually 82 cents!

At the start of our $50 grocery challenge, I never anticipated God would leave many touchstones for me this early. Our decision to attend Financial Peace University isn't a mistake.

Since my birthday was last week (Thursday), admittedly I was worried that the day would fall flat. I mean we only had $12 left for food and that was Tuesday, how could MY birthday be properly celebrated?

As I mentioned previously, we are now using the "b" word regularly. Not the foul word bantered about without a care. And we are also using the "f" word. Not the offensive word that used to flow from my lips prior to knowing Christ. These new words are "budget" and "finances." I wouldn't say they are rolling off my tongue but they are slowly becoming part of our family lexicon.

We went to Trader Joe's night after Ike's basketball game. The team experienced a win against a formidable opponent. My orange hair, freckle face OS scored FIVE points and upon making one sah-weet basket, Ike looked my way and through his bright orange mouth guard, gave me the biggest grin. Melted my heart as I jumped from my seat.

As you get older, you worry less about how you look and you just go for it! 

With $12 remaining in last week's $50 challenge, I chided the Hubs. We must stay on task even if it was the most notable day on the family calendar. Nervously we approached the check-out line at Trader Joe's. A cart was barely necessary for our meager groceries. I pulled $10 out of my homemade tomato wallet (which I recently made and love!) and listened as the cashier announced the total.

We had 88 cents remaining on our food budget! Cha-ching! Resentment because we didn't buy everything I would have liked was replaced with joy. I did not feel destitute, why I even recall spontaneous moments of smiling!

Tomato wallet in action
I do not want this to be some quixotic, fleeting adventure. I want our family to change and for God to be pleased with our efforts.

With the items purchased and the food we already had at home, the Hubs made a tasty dinner of rice, roasted asparagus and shrimp with soy sauce, ginger, garlic and Trader Joe limes. Yum.

Birthday dinner = wonderful!
This is the right thing for us to do. The time is right.

And just like those commercials for Ginzu knives, let me end with "but wait, there's more!" In my next post, I will share the rest of this ridiculously memorable day! 

Oh and thank you so much for your ideas about eating healthy on a budget and couponing. I'm listening, give me more, people!


Hillcrest Cottage said...

Happy belated birthday... and I think you will never forget the special celebration!
Congrats to you in meeting your goal... very admirable!

Marytoo said...


Word Verification word: unfed HAHAHAHAHAA!!!

Leah Katharyn said...

good word. thanks for the encouragement and we are working on "b" and "f" too... and glad you enjoyed your bday :)

c said...

I started to leave you a comment, and it turned into a blog post. Check it out when you have time.

c said...

I started to leave a food comment and it turned into a blog post, lol. So pop over and see it when you get the time. Blessings!