I feel a little one-track minded these past few days. Is that even a phrase? I know someone can have a one-track mind but can they be one-track minded? OK, so I feel like I have a one-track mind lately. And it’s all budget, budget, budget. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I started a test-run of a budgeting system on a Friday. Um, hello Friday night-life, Saturday shopping and Sunday sales papers. Boo! But we did really, really well. Like, super well. I continued to say no to things but it felt really good to have a full envelope. As expected it is SUPER tough to spend cash. I haven’t even gotten Starbucks yet this week.
The hardest part though has been groceries. I think we have plenty budgeted but it’s hard to think about what to cook in advance and keep it under budget. And it’s hard when you’re in the store not to pick up other stuff. I mean, you have to think about food at least 3 times a day and much more with kids that require many snacks. Just when I get over one meal, I feel like the cycle starts all over again. Scott says I should plan for a week at a time and I know that’s what most meal-planners do but I just can’t yet. I don’t know. Right now I’m going one day at a time. It seems grocery sales ads change at different times and my stock items at home are running out and I’m trying to plan around the kids’ meals at school and I just can’t plan a week in advance. To be honest, the whole thing is stressing me out a little. Can you tell? This is why for our entire married life I’ve always just cooked what I’ve wanted when I wanted and eaten out when I didn’t want to cook at all. But I can’t ignore the fact that we only spent $40 on food through an entire weekend, including a few staples we needed.
Also, I’m loving that our checkbook balance is not plummeting every time I log in. It’s good. I know it is. It’s just…I have to get better at this meal plan thing. Advice?