New mission: spend less money on food. After crunching some numbers (and using Fidelity’s awesome budget reporting information) we came to a disturbing conclusion: a LOT of our spending goes to food, whether it be restaurants or groceries or what have you. So here’s the new standard, which I know has been done before (and I think has something to do with Dave Ramsey, whom I’ve never seen or heard): at the beginning of every month we’re pulling a small amount out and setting it aside for food. It may fail miserably the first month or so while we figure it out, but I think it’ll help cut things down a lot. I’ll let you know how it all goes down.
In a related note, I was able to get food for those twenty people I talked about last night for less than two dollars a person. Granted, its easier to save more when buying in bulk, but I still feel good about the effort.
In an unrelated note, all that patriotism from yesterday was put to the test when Clint Dempsey beat my boys from Man United this morning. I’m thrilled he scored, and even the Tottenham goalie is American, but did they have to WIN? Couldn’t they play hard and lose at the end? Disappointing. (But seriously…proud of Friedel and Deuce. Way to rep the USA.)
Breakfast–Lemon poppyseed muffins with added cranberries and a brown sugar crust. They were awesome.
Lunch–Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and a small piece of chocolate-peanut butter brownie.
Dinner–Penne pasta with caramelized onions, peppers, and chicken-apple sausage.
So all in all, it was a pretty simplistic eating day with lots of staples, but that’s what you do to eat on the cheap. Hopefully I can keep it cheap AND healthy.
Church tomorrow! Life group tomorrow! Woo!
Have a good one.