We’re working with our new, leaner budget now that the pool table is in place. We’re trying to stay to $30 a day,* not including utilities.
And I’m happy to report that Week 1 was a success… ish.
We would have made it (with a few dollars to spare!) except that there was a good sale at the grocery store. Cookies and beverages that Tim loves (but which we only buy if they’re on sale) had some pretty good prices.
We went to two different stores and cleaned them. Between those two things and a few normal grocery items — still nothing healthy or remotely resembling “real” food, but I suppose I gave up on that a while ago — we spent around $70. Normally, we’d have spent around $20.
So why is this considered a success? Because the stock-up happened on the last day of the week. So right up until the last day we had successfully lived on an average of $30 a day. Of course “average” meant one no-spend day when we started to get rather behind. But still… not bad for the first week.
It’d probably be even better if I could stop buying and then quickly hoovering up junk food but… I can’t.
I’ve gained about 12 lbs in the last two months (though probably two or three of those are water weight because mmmmm salt). Stress and sugary goodness are getting to me. It’s frustrating since I was lighter than I had been for any of the other pregnancy attempts and now I’m… not.
But I’m trying not to dwell on it too much. I know exercise is perfectly healthy for pregnant women, but I’m not chancing anything until I’m pregnant and past the first trimester. And I can’t cut my calories too drastically — even if I had any semblance of willpower at present — because I don’t want to freak my system out right be ovulation.
So for now I’ll just deal with being a little self-conscious and less comfortable overall. Luckily, Tim was happy with me even when I was about 30 lbs heavier than I am right now. Men’s lasciviousness sometimes pays off.
Still I’m going to at least try to slow down the junk food consumption a little — for the health of me, a potential zygote and our budget’s health.
Are any of you experimenting with reduced spending? And can anyone else hear the pizza in my fridge calling out?
*Based on some comments, I think I wasn’t clear. The actual amount we’re dealing with is a lump weekly sum of $210. It’s just that I use an average daily amount to help keep us on track for the week. It lets me know if we need to throttle spending if we spend more than that a two or three days in a row.