(Thanks to all who commented on my post Wednesday. Your thoughts and prayers mean so much to me!)
Despite all my pregnancy issues, this past month was actually a great time for my third annual pantry challenge because it gave me a specific goal and project to focus on, and it's something I enjoy doing.
First of all, I am proud to say that I spent exactly half of our monthly budget! It took careful and creative planning, but it was fun to do, and it's very meaningful to pass on the surplus.
I made a list here of ingredients I wanted to keep in mind when planning meals. Several of those items were used up, and most others were incorporated at least once. All month, I was intentional about making do with what we have--always a good skill to hone.
As for where the money went, I decided to split the amount this time around. I sent part of it here*, and the rest I sent in the form of a gift card to a hurting family who had been on my heart. I hope the money is a blessing in both cases. That was certainly a motivating factor in sticking with my goal!
It will be nice to have a little more breathing room in the budget now that February is here, but I have to say I enjoyed the game of aiming for lower expenditures.
*I didn't feel led to give to a certain ministry this year, so I decided to give to the first request I received in the mail from an organization we already support. Compassion "won!" Kind of a fun way to do it. =)