Thursday, December 17, 2009

Two out of Three

My sister has a theory that you can do two out of three things when it comes to being a wife: Eat healthy, stick to a budget, and work full-time. It's possible to do two of these, but all three can't be done.

The last two weeks, I had to choose. We have been extremely fortunate in our married life. I have a job with full benefits, we have zero debt, and we live in a pretty nice place. But by no stretch of the imagination are we rolling in the dough. The last week and a half, we have been waiting patiently for my paycheck to come through so that we could finally come home with this:

Man, it is such a relief to have food in the house again! We've been getting quite creative, cooking without chicken, cheese, rice, or produce - in order to stick to our budget. Needless to say, the healthy part has completely gone out the window while we lived on pasta, ramen, mac and cheese, and hamburger helper. We can now return to salads, fruit, sandwiches, and low fat entrees. *Insert collective sigh of relief here.* Landon was so excited about his grapefruit breakfast this morning it was borderline comical. I mean, what guy likes grapefruit for breakfast? Apparently one who has been deprived of nutrients for awhile.

Disclaimer: I don't want anyone to think we are poor or suffering, we're totally not. We are just trying to spend less than we make, and sometimes when you're still going through college, especially in holiday mode, that gets a little tricky. We're actually quite proud of ourselves for making it through the week. Go team go!


Jamie Blake said...

I know the exact feeling . . . we sure have gone through that before. in fact, we kind of are now! :)
thank goodness a job is coming soon!

Fyfe Family said...

I am so proud of you!! We, also, try really hard to live within our means and I truly know how challenging it is! So good job.

Kyle Andrew said...

thank you for letting me eat your soup the other day. it means so much more now. . .

Chelsi and Trevor said...

I learned our first budgeting lesson the hard way when I blew through our grocery budget and we were left for two weeks at the end of one month with no milk. It felt like forever, but we refused to break the budget and buy milk. I have never overspent our budget again. In fact, Trev pointed out that we both measure the grocery budget by if there is still enough cash to buy milk or not. About mid-month our conversations go like this:
Trev: Do you still have grocery money?
Me: Yeah.
Trev: How Much?
Me: Not sure without looking in my purse. Enough to buy milk though.