My hubby can not stand going to the grocery store. It is one of his least favorite things to do. Any time we are out together and I mention the grocery store his face scrunches up and his shoulders drop. I on the other hand, like to go grocery shopping. I am pretty picky about food, especially produce, so when it comes to grocery shopping I really prefer to go.
Even though I enjoy grocery shopping, I do not like to go often though. Going grocery shopping takes time, especially with one or two of my young boys tagging along; it can eat up a chunk of our day.
Many weekday evenings and weekends over the last six months hubby spent working on this new house. He would get home late, exhausted and no desire to work a budget with me. Unfortunately, I took it as permission for me to not do a budget either and thus we fell off the smart money wagon again and became stressed about money.
We ate out way too much, threw a lot of food away, and…blew any kind of pseudo food budget we were trying to maintain. Being a household of one income means we have to be extremely diligent with our money; otherwise our money disappears fast!
Hubby and I recently started going through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University again. (We took it 7 years ago and really need a refresher!) To find out more about FPU click here.
After evaluating where our money has been going, we discovered that I have not been as in control of the grocery shopping spending as I thought I was. I have been putting unnecessary strain on our lives because I have not been diligent when doing the shopping.
Are any of you like me? You get to the cashier at the grocery store and they ask, “Did you find everything you were looking for?” You glance at your items on the conveyor belt and say, “Yes, and then some!?” I don’t know how many times I have gone to the store for “just a few things” and come out with a whole lot more.
If I walk in unprepared, my inner child takes over and I am drawn to the “shiny” stuff. I get sucked in to the ‘Deals’ and can end up putting way more in the cart than we actually need. They actually be great deals, but maybe not for our family at that particular time. As the old saying goes, 'You go broke saving money'.
I am not disciplined enough to stay away from the deals and “Buys of the Day” unless I have a plan. Going into a store without a shopping list is like going into battle without your shield. You are going to get hit and hit hard! So don't get hit, be prepared and have your ever so vital shopping list!
So in order to get back on track with a budget, having a shopping list is a big help. Hubby and I are Mac users and we use the Reminder app that is built into the devices. We also have iPhones, so this app syncs automatically between the two. You can create as many “Reminders” as you want. We have a ‘Grocery List’ reminder and a 'Costco' reminder. It's great because can both edit the list as needed.
As the old saying goes, 'You can go broke saving money'.
I am sure there are lots of different types of list apps available. You can use any kind of list. Find what works for you. In fact, old-fashioned paper lists work great too! Who knew!?
The point is…MAKE A LIST! I promise it will help you stay on track. It is not only like a friend there saying, “No, don’t buy that right now. It's not on your list.” You can also use it to tell your little tikes, “Sorry sweetie, we can’t buy this or that because it’s not on our list today.”
I know life is busy. It gets crazy. But we can either let the chaos control us, or figure out ways to remove chaos from our lives. I choosing the later.
The best way is to make your shopping list at home. You can see what you have and what you don't have and create your list accordingly. But sometimes you end up going to the store and you haven't had a chance to make a list at home. When this happens, and you arrive at the grocery store without a list. Before you even get out of your car, I encourage you to take the few short minutes it requires, and make a list. Take the information regarding what you think you need to buy out of your head and put it somewhere else. In an app, on paper, on the back of your kid’s homework, on your paper coffee cup. I doesn’t matter how you do it, you just need to make a list.
Let's stay on track with our food budgets and guard ourselves against those "Buys of the Week" arrows. I hope this helps you in some way today.
Do you make a shopping list? What type of medium do you use? Let us know in the Comments below.
On Sunday the Pastor of our church, Pastor Boyd, shared a very heartfelt message, a personal message, a message that really spoke to me...the message was one that made me feel a bit silly, and a bit ashamed really because I had been there too. Just recently in fact.
Pastor Boyd spoke about how just that past week he was feeling down about himself. He called the situation he felt, "Death by a thousand paper cuts." And then he shared how he began to throw his 'party of 1'...a pity party.
Have you ever done it? Thrown yourself a pity party??
I have. You see Pastor Boyd's message spoke very loudly to me because I was just there. Feeling very similar to how he felt. Feeling down, a little depressed, and having a silly and destructive pity party.
It can happen so easily. A few things might go wrong with household stuff, the kids might not be minding as well as I think they should, the house is an utter mess from the busyness of summer time.
...and then it happens.
I feel overwhelmed, frustrated, down, and I begin to focus on all the things that are "wrong" in my life. I begin to worry about what will happen next. And in this moment I lose focus on what is important.
The underlying theme of Pastor Boyd's message was focus. Life can get tough, no doubt about it. But are we going to let our emotions control our attitude and allow us to take our focus off God?
During the message we looked at several passages from the Apostle Paul's letter to the believers in Philippi. There were several verses that jumped off the page to me and so yesterday morning I spent time reading through the entire book of Philippians. This letter Paul wrote is so encouraging for believers.
I struggle a great deal with fear. Unfortunately, fear invites itself into my life far too often. But Paul reminds us to have confidence that Christ Jesus will complete the work He started in us. Paul writes, "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6
Satan would love nothing more than for us to cower down and hide. To let the 'things' of this world get us down and for us to lose focus, to let go of the confidence we have in Jesus. But we must not give in.
I just, like Paul, want to encourage you...
Focus on the one who gives strength and confidence to face each day. You are special to Jesus and He has a purpose for your life. He will complete the work he started in you, but you have to be willing and available.
What about you? Where is your focus today? Are you letting life's circumstances steal your confidence or are you focusing on God?
Happy Freedom Friday! I am back highlighting the Principles of Liberty and today we are on #7: 'The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.'
It just amazes me how American society and our political ruling class has gotten this principle completely twisted. It seems there are many double standards when it comes to "equal rights". I don't even know if most people know what true "equal rights" means???
Our American culture has become so wrapped up in materialism; and sadly, there are many people who value things more than they do people. Many in our society have become slaves to material things. And this breeds a warped measure of how to value one's self. Personal value is then measured by how much "stuff" one has. Ideology likes this results in culture of entitlement and confusion about personal rights.
True personal worth is not measured by things, but by the One who created us. Two Scriptures come to my mind to help understand how valuable we are to God and much our lives are worth.
Luke 12:24 - Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Our Founding Fathers knew these scriptures and knew where true value of people comes from. They also knew that government's role should be to protect people's rights. A right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...freedom of speech, religion, and right to bear arms. These are the kinds of rights we need our government to protect.
Let's ponder principle #7 today and consider what the Founding Fathers intended for our government in America.
Have a wonderful day!
Please share any thoughts you have about this Principle of Liberty. Thank you.
I decided to take a break this week from the Principles of Liberty in order to give full attention to America's Independence Day holiday. I want to wish everyone a safe and fun holiday weekend. May we remember that we are truly blessed by the freedom that was fought for and won so many years ago and for all the brave men and women of America who continue to sacrifice to keep us free!
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