Friday, July 9, 2010

Frugal Friday: Oops

For the last 3 months, I've been suffering from a condition brought on by pregnancy and giving birth. I had a severe case of Notfeelinglikecookingitis. My husband was experiencing sympathy pains. Fortunately, we had a little extra money to cover the expenses of treatment.

But July was our first month getting back in routine and making the most of each dollar. We had our budget meeting, set the numbers, pulled out the cash. It was a perfect plan.

I went to the store and blew it all to smithereens.

Apparently, human behavior has not yet caught up to the written plan. It is July 9, and we have left in our grocery envelope to carry us for the next 3 weeks:



Someone forgot to rein in her, er, their spending at the store last week. Darn me! I mean, them!

What to do, what to do, what to do?

Okie dokey.

Unexpected experiment! I'm going to see how far I can make $21.91 last this month in feeding our family of 4.

hew 15
36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
37 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
38 And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.

Loaves and fishes, right?
I don't have four thousand people to feed for one day, just four people, albeit for 21 days.

I will use what I have in the house and do my best to stretch the $21 when I need to purchase something at the store. I do have a vegetable garden, but it has not yet produced anything. Perhaps, I will make a midnight tour of my neighbors' gardens and see if there is any food to be found. (I kid.) (Maybe.)

OK, run-down of "The Rules":

1. Stretch the food we already have in our fridge, pantry, and storage.
2. When I purchase food, post here what I bought.
3. Maybe, as time goes on, post the meals we are eating or, at least, forcing down our throats.
4. No stealing. (Probably.)

Let this be a lesson to you all, lest ye think I've perfected money matters. No matter where you are in this ride, you've always got to maintain your good habits!


  1. Buy a box of potatoes and I dare you to run out that fast.


    In college I lived on potatoes aaaaand. Tuna fish. Together. And nothing else.

    Then it turned out that when we got married and started a budget, I could actually afford MORE than I thought I could. Keeping track gives you freedom. Budgets rule! (If you stick with them.)

  2. Last week, I did buy a 10-lb bag of potatoes for 79cents, so we are ahead at least in one vegetable. :D