Since my birthday was last week (Thursday), admittedly I was worried that the day would fall flat. I mean we only had $12 left for food and that was Tuesday, how could MY birthday be properly celebrated?
As I mentioned previously, we are now using the "b" word regularly. Not the foul word bantered about without a care. And we are also using the "f" word. Not the offensive word that used to flow from my lips prior to knowing Christ. These new words are "budget" and "finances." I wouldn't say they are rolling off my tongue but they are slowly becoming part of our family lexicon.
We went to Trader Joe's night after Ike's basketball game. The team experienced a win against a formidable opponent. My orange hair, freckle face OS scored FIVE points and upon making one sah-weet basket, Ike looked my way and through his bright orange mouth guard, gave me the biggest grin. Melted my heart as I jumped from my seat.
|As you get older, you worry less about how you look and you just go for it!|
With $12 remaining in last week's $50 challenge, I chided the Hubs. We must stay on task even if it was the most notable day on the family calendar. Nervously we approached the check-out line at Trader Joe's. A cart was barely necessary for our meager groceries. I pulled $10 out of my homemade tomato wallet (which I recently made and love!) and listened as the cashier announced the total.
We had 88 cents remaining on our food budget! Cha-ching! Resentment because we didn't buy everything I would have liked was replaced with joy. I did not feel destitute, why I even recall spontaneous moments of smiling!
|Tomato wallet in action|
With the items purchased and the food we already had at home, the Hubs made a tasty dinner of rice, roasted asparagus and shrimp with soy sauce, ginger, garlic and Trader Joe limes. Yum.
|Birthday dinner = wonderful!|
And just like those commercials for Ginzu knives, let me end with "but wait, there's more!" In my next post, I will share the rest of this ridiculously memorable day!
Oh and thank you so much for your ideas about eating healthy on a budget and couponing. I'm listening, give me more, people!