A few weeks ago, I shared my thoughts on stewardship vs. frugality, particularly in regards to my food budget. I’ve made a lot of changes since that post and I wanted to give you a little update on my progress.
First of all, for the first time ever, it’s now the 22nd of month and I still have grocery money left!! Usually I run out of funds around the 18th-20th. I only have about $50 left but I’m so proud to have already seen progress in this area. We have been eating out of the pantry and freezer as much as possible, and any grocery shopping I’ve done this month is just to replenish fresh items like milk or to buy markdowns to keep the pantry or freezer stocked. Not only am I not out of grocery money yet, but we aren’t eating in a feast/famine cycle this month.
I also spent time this week cleaning out and reorganizing the pantry and all my kitchen cabinets, including my hutch and china cabinet. I boxed up a lot to donate to our church college ministry’s annual yard sale and also gifted a few things to others I knew would be blessed by them. Then I spent some time outside planting a little spinach and lettuce in pots (so I can bring it inside when the weather is too cold) and repotting two rosemary plants into one bigger pot. I’m hoping to have a nice sized rosemary bush to plant outside when spring comes. I started a compost pile on the backside of my raised bed garden and moved a seldom used patio table to the backside of the house to repurpose as a potting table.
Tomorrow I plan to do a major clean out of my fridge and upright freezer and make an inventory of what we have there and in the pantry. Then I plan to make a list of meal possibilities to cook using what we have. Although I can’t spend an entire day in the kitchen working on all the things I’d like to accomplish in there, I have a list of mixes and freezer foods that I want to work on bit by bit to make cooking from scratch easier and faster. I will also make a list of items we need to restock so that when my next grocery check comes on the 5th next month, I’m prepared to go to the store with a plan and only buy the things we really need.
One thing I’ve become very aware of this month as I’ve focused on stewardship instead of frugality, is how abundantly blessed I already am. It’s easy to make do with what you have when you take time to really see just how really blessed you are, instead of focusing on how much money you’ve saved or spent for the month. I’d love to hear how you are learning to be a good steward of the things God has blessed you with. Share your thoughts with us!