I’m still thinking about spending. Even though we’re no longer under a challenge, it’s harder to just get something to eat without major pre-planning. And when I do, there’s some regret. If only I’d put more stuff for me on the grocery list. Then I wouldn’t have had to pay for that overpriced mediocre salad at the cafeteria. Earlier me would have said, it’s only $7, and I should probably get this mediocre $6 california roll too just in case. Obey my hunger!
I ran out of larabars is the problem. Also we ran out of any fruit but apples. And we ran out of rice cakes. And cheese. And yogurt. And tortilla chips. And EGGS. And nuts. And used up the cooked rice and cooked quinoa. And I think wheat products have started giving me hives on my arms on top of the potentially imaginary symptoms I was having. (Thursday night, after DH and DC had pizza at a birthday party, DH accidentally got the regular sweet and sour chicken at pei wei instead of gluten free for me because our cupboards were bare, other than wheaty things. I ate it anyway because I was hungry.)
We obviously didn’t get enough at the grocery store that Saturday and we should probably have gone again mid-week, but I kept thinking, we’re going into the city this coming Saturday, surely we can wait. In the end we went grocery shopping on Friday anyway after I ate out twice (and again in the city the next day). If we’d spent enough the previous Saturday, we’d probably have saved more down the line. Or maybe everything will eventually get eaten anyway and it doesn’t matter when we buy it. Except that when we have easy-to-transport wheat-free food, I don’t end up eating overpriced wilty salads.
Larabars are expensive at $1 each. But they’re less expensive than snacks at the cafeteria. Once I’m no longer nursing I should be able to cut back on them. We have stocked up.
I did go crazy in the city that weekend, mostly without guilt. I feel a little bad about what was spent, but also bad that I feel bad.
Also bought presents for people this month and spent what was right for the present rather than cutting back. Next year the perfect present we think of will be less expensive, I’m sure. (Thanks, Rumpus, for the TONX suggestion!)
So I don’t think we’re really spending less than we would be without having done the Feb challenge, but we’re feeling worse about the spending we do. I wonder if this will wear off, or if we’ll eventually tighten our belts or what.
Urgh. So we need to either spend less, make more, or figure everything will just work out. It is so much easier when your income is far more than your enough!