4 out of 7 Aint…Gonna Blow the Budget
There’s something that’s just not right about cooking on Friday or Saturday to me. I try to create a dinner out of my own kitchen 5 out of 7 nights of the week, but that’s about as good as my score gets.
This past week, my score dropped a little. Yesterday after spending the day at my parents’ house, I got back around 5:00 and Shane was absolutely starving and wanted to eat dinner stat. Sooo instead of scrounging around the kitchen (more on that in a sec) we headed out to grab a bite down the street.
First we stopped at The Coffeehouse, a delicious little vegan cafe in uptown Normal. I’ve gone there numerous times and have only had the same dish twice!
This time I went with the vegetable and hummus wrap!
Inside this blanket of whole wheat goodness is cucumber, carrot, tomato, hummus, and Italian dressing – with a cup of seasoned brown basmati rice on the side
Yum! So gooood – and cheap! This whole meal only cost me $5.71!
While waiting for my meal to come out, we walked over to the coffee bean section of the store and picked up a little bag of tiramisu coffee for this morning.
Drinking it as I write this post Best. Coffee. Ever.
Sooo… part of the reason for the decision to grab a bite out (Shane just got pizza) is because I didn’t go grocery shopping this weekend. You see, last week Shane finally signed us up on mint.com
Actually, I had started to sign us up on mint.com quite a while ago, but then it got a little overwhelming and I stopped. Typical. Ignorance is bliss 😉 Or at least it was. According to the budget we set for groceries each month ($400 – for us two) we were already $50 over. Yeah…
So now I’m back to the $400/month for groceries again. $100 per week? I’m sure that’s doable. I did $50/wk for a few months, and double that should be absolutely fine
I’m actually pretty excited to see if/how much mint.com helps us save! We’ve come a long way in the last two years (from credit card debt on multiple cards to NO debt besides the house!) so I’m looking forward to getting smarter with my dolla dolla bills. Additionally, I’ve been the supreme geek and have been listening to talk radio non stop lately. Two words: Money Talk. LOL
Which days do you typically forgo cooking?
Do you use any budgeting services? What have been your experiences?
Do you listen to talk radio? What’s station is probably on your car radio right now?
Well I’m got a VERY busy day today – going for a run, then to the chiro, eyebrow wax (finally!) client, cooking, more clients, and then a double header volleyball game! It’s supposed to do a mix of freezing rain and snow, so I’ll be doing all of these activities with caution
Tomorrow and Wednesday, however, we are supposed to get pummeled with at LEAST a foot of snow. NYC, Boston, and RI – it’s our turn to get dumped on 😛
Hope you have a good Monday, friends!! 😀