Sometimes the key to a cheap day is doing absolutely nothing. Well, actually, I suppose it’s almost always the best route.
For the past five days, I filled in for a colleague who was taking a trip. That meant that I didn’t go out much at all, which also means Tim didn’t go out as much. And it meant that I spent Friday and Saturday at home, rather than going to Magic tournaments with him. Monday night, I also skipped Magic, since it was the last day of covering.
I’m trying to be more aware of what I can scrounge up around the house rather than fast food, though the effort is hit and miss. On Saturday, I made do with a PBJ, some cereal and some of my cheap Fiber One bars.
Sunday was more hit and miss. Tim took so long to eat that he was feeling ill. I threw out some suggestions based on what was in the freezer, but no dice. So I made him a PBJ until he could think of what he wanted.
But, by dinnertime, I was starting to feel sick, and Tim still didn’t know what he wanted. So we ended up getting some pizza. While not exactly frugal, it will feed us for 4-6 meals for $25 after tip. Slightly better than fast food, definitely worse than cooking. So goes life.
Add that to the $10 Tim spent on tournament fees, some sodas and a bag of candy I requested, and we spent just under $50 from Friday to Sunday. Not bad, especially compared to recent spending.
I am trying to psych myself up to use what we have around the house, though I need a few ingredients to make my own standby dishes. While Tim will usually only have one serving, it at least helps me avoid eating out, which is half the battle.
Speaking of battles, one that wasn’t won this weekend: dishes. Lots and lots of dishes. Tim’s back has been really bad the last few days, which means all the bending and scrubbing wasn’t really an option. I was concentrated on work… and avoiding dishes. (I always take heart in the fact that avoiding cleaning is completely free. It’s one of my main pastimes.)
So that was our weekend. Maybe a little boring, but very relaxing for me.