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July 5th, 2007 at 12:42 pm

When I paid my bills and looked at the budget, I was really startled to see that I still have half of my grocery budget with about 10 days to go. I know that we won't end up with that, but I got to wondering what had happened. I do know that we've been eating smaller, lighter meals at night. Hubby has been working a lot and hasn't been getting home as early, so he usually wants just a sandwich. I looked in the fridge and the freezer and on the shelves and thought to myself that I might could make it on minimum purchases for the next 10 days. We actually have a lot of food. Compared to our college days, our cupboards are full. We used to be only able to afford a week's worth at a time. And we rationed it out and ate a lot less than we do now. We could definitely afford not to eat as much. Both of us have an extra 10 pounds at least. I started making lists of things we could eat. There were plenty of breakfasts. And we can get creative with the rest. I know it is not a large amount of money to save. But after paying bills, I realized that it was enough to pay for my cable and water bills put together. Perspective is an interesting thing.....

4 Responses to “Rationing...”

  1. boomeyers Says:

    It is amazing what you can do with a few of these and a little of this. Good luck in saving the cash!!

  2. Mrs. Thrifty Says:

    You did a great job! It really does all add up to big savings in the long run.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Good for you, Jan. I'm having the opposite problem this last pay cycle. I'm spending way too much on groceries. I've got to turn that back around, though I think I bought enough protein today to last for two months, so maybe I'll be okay if I stop now!

  4. baselle Says:

    That's fantastic. Are you putting the leftover money into savings, or letting it rollover into next month?

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