I don't know how, but it seems like I always manage to spend all my money during the week, "saving up" for our dinner out or takeout on Friday, and we always end up with an empty fridge over the weekend. This week at least I was lucky enough to have to take out an extra $10 from the ATM when we went to pick up the money for the nanny, so with that I purchased some Boar's Head rotisserie chicken lunch meat and Wisconsin Swiss cheese — a really yummy combination, actually — but with $5 left in my wallet, either we'll be eating eggs for dinner tonight and bean griddlecakes tomorrow night (with what toppings? There is zilch in the fridge since our clean-out) or I'll have to pick up something cheap and undesirable. We'll see...next week I'm determined to do better.
I was reading a few articles on Oprah.com about eating on $40 a week and how to eat well on a budget, and nothing I read is new to me. It's really kind of depressing. I only buy organic when it counts; I don't buy anything pre-washed or pre-cut unless it's the same size for the same price (or even less money!). Can our one dinner out each week really be killing us? $40 max? That's still supposedly $60 that I have to spend during the week. Maybe I need to research this $40-a-week budget thing more. They made it sound like it was a trend or something.
Anyways, there are two happy things about August in terms of the food budget; one is that Week 1 starts on a Monday, which just makes things feel more perfect to me, and two is that starting a new month also means rolling over all the other budgets, for which I'm also super determined to do better this month, AND there's always a little extra from my $500 budget since each week I allot $100 to food and dining and, of course, simple math, no month has 35 days. Which is a roundabout way of saying that I'll probably spend a little extra this week...except Lord knows how I'll figure out September, when the 1st is a Thursday. Whatever! September is my birthday month. There will be plenty of other things to [not] think about then. I'm already kind of having a nervous breakdown about that.
So enjoy your weekends, little ones; be good...I know I'm trying.