We went to church this Sunday for my husband’s cousin’s daughter’s baptism; my husband is her godfather. I’m Jewish and I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve set foot in a church; what I know about Catholicism would fit on the heads of two pins at most.
The one constant thing that I have seen at all the (not so) many church services I’ve attended is the passing of the collection plate. This is, it seems to me, a perfectly normal thing- after all churches have to get their money from somewhere.
My husband, who is a non practicing Catholic, tossed a few cents, all his spare change, into the basket as it was being passed. I don’t begrudge him this and I’m sure he gave less than a euro in change. Even had he chosen to give more it would have been his choice. On the other hand, if he or we were regular church goers, it could be a significant part of the budget. His aunt, who goes weekly, gave â‚¬20. I don’t know if she gives the same amount every week, but even given once in a while â‚¬20 adds up. That is something to add to the budget and of course many people choose to tithe ten percent of their income; it’s that important to them.
If something is that important to you, why not spend money on it? I’m not talking about shopping for the latest fashions and putting them on your credit card, I’m talking about making an investment in something you’re passionate about. For me it’s books- books for myself and books for my children. I don’t consider it to be spending over my budget when I buy books, I just buy them. Without reading my life would be very difficult. I do make as much use as possible of the local library and Book Mooch but when we were on vacation I ended up buying a lot of books at the local thrift stores. Even at $.25, that can add up pretty quickly!
How about you? What are the things that you consider to be so important that you make room for them in your budget?