I went to church today, the first time this year for me. I’m not a tither, but I give pretty decently when I do show up for service. But this time, I just gave the crumpled bills from my purse. Some people believe in tithing, regardless of the financial situation. Others think that tithing should be done when people have enough money to sacrifice.
The church I attend is big on tithing and giving. They also have an offering for the pastor. I can’t lie, I checked out the worshiper next to me. She wrote a $25 check, of which $5 went toward a love offering for the pastor. Other times, I’ve seen folks in the pew write out $100 checks. It’s a terrible habit, but I’m a journalist. I look around. I haven’t made the leap to tither. One day maybe I will, but I’m just now getting a hold of my finances.
Yesterday, I went for a walk on Sobe sands with a good friend. She knows I’m doing no-buy month, and she’s already an accomplished frugalista. She’s on the buy-your-car-with-cash program and have an "eff you" fund for just in case you want to quit work. We found street parking and had a good, healthy, sunny, sandy, sweaty walk. Fun times. My legs hurt.
After that, my friend B. called me. I haven’t seen him in years. I was really glad he called because I know I need to reconnect with a lot of my old friends. I scooped him up, he took me to lunch in Coconut Grove and we hit the art fair. When we hung years ago, we always used to swap paying for things. We met in college and both happened to end up in Miami. He sponsored the day as an olive branch. He says he may get down with the no-buy program. He just moved into a new apartment after a failed relationship. That first month/ last month stuff is draining on a budget. In all, a superior day for me. I deserved it.