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June 12th, 2012 at 07:15 pm

So... I started us on the austerity budget on Saturday, when I went grocery shopping for the week. I honestly feel relieved and more in control. And, strangely, I don't feel deprived. We've been cooking at home every night, eating leftovers, and I've been packing my lunch for the two days a week I'm working far from home. It's working out okay!

I spent about half of our $250 weekly budget on groceries on Saturday, and that's it. Nothing since. My sister and I are going to the movie together Friday night to see Prometheus. We'd been planning that for months, and looks like even that treat won't break the budget. Fingers crossed the good luck sticks.

The only hitch I forsee is Friday. I'm I'll take the kids to the swimming pool (Y membership. Paid for!), but they might want to go out to lunch, and we do have a birthday party that night, so $10 gift plus card. I think we can make it through. Maybe I can pack sandwiches for poolside and we can have a picnic. We'll see!

I also sent $157 of a recent $750 freelance check to the car loan.

Anyhoo. I think the will be beneficial. If hubby doesn't get laid off (let's hope for that) I'm hoping I will at least be able to squeeze more out of the budget every month so we can get out of debt faster.

4 Responses to “going okay”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like you are working very smartly...hope hubby doesn't get laid off...keep our fingers crossed.

  2. snafu Says:

    A picnic lunch with DKs sounds like different, fun experience. What a terrific idea!

  3. My English Castle Says:

    I see lots of folks lately packing lunches for the pool. And lots of moms turning down the requests for treats. I bet the boys would like the picnic!

  4. Monkey Mama Says:

    Agreed with rob. I know so many people who wouldn't take these measures after being laid off a long time. Planning ahead is always a good thing - so good for you!!

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