@LookUponMyWorks fall/winter meltdown is real. I can't even with the stuff in stores now
@Allison that is exactly how I PARTY
I didn't estimate on Friday. Friday AM, oatmeal from Caribou Coffee because i needed two breakfasts: $2.99 New soccer scarf since my old one is MIA and Saturday was the North London Derby: $30.00 Groceries $48.90 Saturday I watched soccer at a pub but my friend paid for food: $0 FedEx shipping on a completed radon test since the test had to be back within 4 days: $9.50 Dinner with my college friend who was in town, I paid for dinner but she insisted on getting the tip: $27.11 Total: $118.50 Small price to pay for a fun weekend!
@cryptolect yikes, I do this too. I brought a cake to a work potluck recently and it contained things I can't eat (caffeine, chocolate, buttermilk) so I was carefully watching people's reactions to the cake because I couldn't judge it myself and I wanted people to like it. Cake left at the end of the day and I feel like a failure (not really, maybe).
The mother in this article is my mother, oh my god. I was in 4-H for ten years (my youth? Wasted). So I learned how to make bread from scratch, make all the cakes, plan menus, etc. It is handy to know these things, but I used to just bake things when I was bored. Didn't need to eat half a cake in an afternoon once but it happened.
On Fall Fashion
@samburger I really need a uniform! I get so self conscious when I try to follow trends, like people are looking at me and thinking, "What's that broad trying to pull off?" I really like a well-tailored button down shirt, blazer, and slim pants, but this seems really businessy for everyday wear. I just need to invest in some blazers. It seems like I can never find the right color or they have shoulder pads or some nonsense.
I keep a running grocery list on my phone. Lists actually, since I go to Target, Whole Foods, and a local grocery chain (I have one for each). I alternate stores which makes the weekly cost of groceries fluctuate a bit. I do some menu planning when I revise my list right before a grocery trip so that I have food for at least the next five days. I can't really do longer than that because I am carless and I walk .5-1.5 miles each way (depending on where I go) and I don't like those collapsable cart things, so I am limited to two reusable shopping bags, with groceries equally distributed between the two. I do tend to eat the same 5 meals in a rotation since it makes planning easy. Eight years ago I was budgeting $110(!) a month for groceries and now I budget $250 and always go over. Part of it is I live in much more expensive area and I buy a lot of fresh produce. I buy some things organic (like apples and lettuce) and this feels discretionary since I woudn't do this unless I could afford it. Cheaper staples like bananas, almond milk, and granola are not, but all the food costs get lumped together in my budget. Since I overspend every month, I feel like I spend too much. It will change in the winter time because I will be less active and require fewer calories. And also because walking to get groceries in -10 weather is not something I want to do more than once a week.
I am aiming for a no spend weekend. Yesterday I had an upper endoscopy and I got quite a few groceries when I was loopy after the procedure (a friend drove me to Target). So I feel like I have enough soup and applesauce to last me the weekend as I lay low. Estimate: $0
@Allison Chicken and dumpling soup is such a good idea right now! I need to start making soups and freezing the leftovers for the winter months when I won't want to leave the house.
Good Morning! I went over my estimate . . . $6.33 breakfast at a coffee shop, and Chipotle was less than expected ($7 something) so I will just say $8. Laundry was $1.75, as expected. I spent $56.56 on groceries (I had budgeted $40) and part of why I went over is that I got some non-dairy protein powder that tastes like vanilla clouds & sunshine as opposed to the chalky white sludge kind I had been drinking. I also bought some mums because autumn. Total: $72.64