Sunday, October 14, 2012
"No Spend" Week Two
Day 9- I went grocery shopping and spent $13 on basics: milk, cheese, onions, spinach, cream, garlic bread (yeah I know, the bread is probably not a basic). I tried real hard to keep it at $10. That garlic bread put us over the $10 mark but it will also be used for 3 separate meals so I'm not feeling too bad about buying it. I find myself studying prices more than ever (which is half the point of this challenge, I think). For example, I only needed 8 oz of mozzarella cheese for the meal I was making. The store had three options:
8 oz brick on sale for $2
8 oz shredded on sale for $3
16 oz brick on sale for $3
I would normally buy the shredded cheese for the convenience but for only $1 more, I was able to buy enough for a whole second meal and at the rate my family goes through cheese, I have no concerns about it being put to good use.
Day 10- We were doing great this week until today. My hubby went to see Louis CK and bought a round a drinks. The ticket was $45 and the round of drinks (for two) was $9. Man, this hurt. I really think he should have declined the invite but I think I would have also accepted the offer to go especially if it was someone like Tom Petty or Keb' Mo'. This show cost us 18% of our allotted budget! At least he had a good time.
Day 11- We found out we're having a boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!! It was hard not to go out for ice cream to celebrate but we went home and I made chocolate chip cookies instead. It was still special. :)
Week Two is at a close and we spent another $100 of our $250 budget. NOT GOOD. Not good at all. Here is the breakdown:
$19 Groceries (basics like bread, cheese, and milk)
$54 Tickets and drinks at Louis CK Show
Take out the show and drinks and we'd be doing pretty good! I'd say that's not too bad but with only $52 left in our pockets and two weeks to go, I'm pretty sure we will be going over our $250 budget but we're still sticking with it to see just how close we can be.