Wander Reading – Sept 9, 2011

It’s Friday, I’m off and my sour cherry wine is almost ready.  Sigh, life is good!

Now onto some links.

What is it with people and their food budgets? Krystal cuts her budget down to $100/month and people freak out about it?!? My food budget is $300 for two adults and two kids (round up to three adults) so that is $100/month/adult and I do it all the time. We don’t go hungry and every eats healthy.  Granted that doesn’t include lunch for the wife and kids (the daycare pays that five days a week), but still even if you boost my budget by 25% to cover that off my regular budget isn’t much higher.

The low down on how to really use that cast iron skillet you have in your kitchen that you barely use.

How much is that bitch costin’ ya? Damn good title for a post (I almost wish I thought of it).  I will be impressed if you don’t click to read the post out of curiosity.

Oh, here is an interesting discussion.  Should you tithe 10% of your income to your church before saving for your long term goals?  The first post on this topic and then a reply post. My thoughts, if you want to give that is fine, but make sure it is a realistic amount.  Keep in mind, the church is inspired by God, but not made by God.  Thus the church can create some incredibly dumb rules since humans are fairly flawed, I’m fairly certain it you explain it to God why you have to give less he will be ok with it.  After all the guy specializes in forgiveness.

Oh, the endless debate continues: save or pay down debt? I personally think most people should focus on debt first as long as you have a little cash cushion.  After you kill off the high interest debt than you can pick what works for you.

One thought on “Wander Reading – Sept 9, 2011”

  1. Our food budget is $1,000 for 2 adults, 1/3 of total spending, but we spend much less than that ($600-700) all the time but once. This includes eating out with my parents at least once a week. Still, this is much higher than $100 per adult and I would think $100 per adult is pretty tight.

    Donations to church or other charities should definitely depend on how comfortable you are, especially for retirees.

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