AND NOT BY CHOICE.
So apparently, God thinks I have something to learn in the area of frugality. Why, I am not sure. I find myself to be remarkably frugal, but for whatever reason, God is trying to teach me something in this area of my “job”. Perhaps its because I stated in my last blog about this that I was “running low”. Come next Thursday, perhaps I’ll know the true definition of a clean pantry.
My son needs dental work.
I dont have dental insurance.
It’s not going to be cheap. In fact, instead of having the work done right away, we’re going to sink 400.00 into a dental plan for the year for our entire family. A good investment, indeed…but would have been nice to not have to do this next paycheck.
I have 25.00 for groceries.
As you know, I already did a pantry “cleanse” this last pay period.
Let me say, however, that I am up for the challenge. I made maple syrup tonight. I’m going to roll out cinnamon rolls in a bit for tomorrow morning. I’ve STILL got meat in my freezer from two pay periods ago when ground chuck was on sale. I’ve also got a few chicken breasts, an entire turkey breast, and some bacon. I have beans, rice, bread flour, pasta, (and sauce), a block of fresh mozzarella, dried milk, homemade chocolate syrup (for chocolate milk!), eggs, canned veggies, and fresh herbs. I should be just fine. I need to get some frozen juice to make jelly, popcorn, bananas, sugar, a sack of ice, sack of taters, conditioner, toothpaste, and easter eggs to fill for our homeschool easter egg hunt on Wednesday. I’m absolutely certain I can do this.
It has me thinking though. With grocery costs rising (and costs of everything rising) I wonder if God is showing me how to be even more resourceful so that we dont feel the pinch being that we are a single income family. I wonder if my garden project is to make us more self sufficient. I think that maybe my recent obsession with (and increased confidence in) sewing is to help with whatever pinch is ahead.
All things work for the good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose.
Even an extended pantry cleanse.