Monday, May 14, 2012
Food and budget
I've been eating some really yummy and healthy meals lately. Here's what I had for lunch and dinner today:
Hummus on a multi grain ciabatta with some lettuce and red peppers with a side of fresh berries.
BBQ tofu stir fry served on a bed of spinach (instead of rice).
So Sung Hyun and I have started in on the budget plan. This plan failed miserably mostly because I can't be bothered to have money separated into jars for different functions. I think the main reason why the jar method is so great for some people is because it is another STEP in the way of just making rash decisions. With the jars you have to keep track of money coming out and in ALL THE TIME. I can't be bothered to write that stuff down. Maybe it's part laziness. Or perhaps it has to do with my disorganization. Either way, this system didn't work for us.
So our new approach is to just keep our money in the bank (it's probably safer this way) and use our debit/credit card for our monthly purchases. So far we are successfully keeping track of groceries. We don't have any other big purchases that we need to make. But usually if I want to buy something I ask Sung Hyun and vice versa. I've halted the house shopping because if I came home with one more vase Sung Hyun was going to shoot me.
We each give ourselves $200 of free money every month that we don't have to be accountable to one another for. I usually use mine for dining out with friends. Sung Hyun chooses to suck toxic chemicals into his body (smoking blows!) So we each have our vices.
I'm very happy to be keeping track of our monthly expenses, but I'm not sure that Sung Hyun really understands the purpose. He's still got the "if you want it, buy it mentality". So when I showed him that our grocery bill for the month of May was $408 he said "so what?!"
So 14 days into May we've already spent $408 on groceries and $116 on dining out together. EEEEEEEEEEEK!! I think that's a little excessive for 2 people.
We have waaaaay too much food in this house.
The pantry is all full.
The door of the freezer and fridge is packed.
And the freezer and fridge couldn't handle much more!
I'm hoping to cut our food budget back a bit next month because it's probably not necessary to stock pile so much food.......or spend so much money!