Monday, February 28, 2011

11: Taking Stock

Eleven weeks to go and the countdown is really on. Soon I'm going to be counting down on two hands... ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five... you get the idea.

This weekend my sweet hubby and I got the unique opportunity to steal away for a night. Just he and I. I and he. He and me.

We dropped the kids off at grandma's, drove an hour to the north, stayed at a B&B and made up for lost time gazing endlessly into one another's eyes, cuddling in the corner booth of a fancy restaurant, and whispering the lyrics of early 1990's love songs in one another's ears. More on this later.

Back to the topic at hand, Taking Stock.

Being away from home for the weekend, you tend to eat out at every meal, which reminded me of the little grocery spending project I'd been working on for the past seven months. It dawned on me that I haven't really taken stock of how my $150 per week grocery budget was holding up against the stressors of the busyness of the final semester of grad school.

At the beginning of the project—way back in August—I was watching all of my receipts very closely each and every week. I realize I haven't done that in awhile. I guess I've gotten used to identifying which items meet the budget and which to avoid.

So I became curious and decided to take a peek at the receipts for the month. This is what I found:

In looking at January 2011 as a whole, it appears that I went over the food budget by $18 per week. Works for me. Just so long as I have enough spices to make my beloved chai twice a week, I'm good. And by the way, a chai loving sister just did a quick calculation of the chai spices she bought for my Masala Chai concentrate, and she's guesstimating it comes to about $1 per quart for the finished concentrate. Oh yeah baby! I knew there was a reason I started brewing my own chai at home.

I was kidding about this weekend's endless gazing and fancy restaurant cuddling. But I was totally serious about this part...

Bon Jovi - Bed of Roses

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