For the seventh week in a row I got together with Mrs. HB to do some grocery shopping and prepare some meals for the upcoming week. Those are the pictures you’ll see when you scroll through this post as well a few Mrs. HB sent that she took during the week.
So here we go…Week 7 in Mrs. HB’s own words:
Golly, what a wonderful week! Not only was it my birthday week and I received wonderful gifts and lunches from family and friends but I stayed well within budget! I spent $70 at Fred Meyer and per my goal did not go to Costco. Though I almost did… Mavis talked me down, it was just a short list so I thought no big deal. But I had set a goal not to go. When I revisited the list, it was all things that could wait til next week. So glad to have her keep me in check!
I also had $332 cash left in my wallet at the end of my week. WOW! Now that feels good! I then took $50 of that and took kids and their friends out to lunch. It wasn’t planned but it was nice. Not so easy come… easy go !
Do you remember my Pampered Chef indulgence several weeks back? I bought a “dutch oven.” Mavis had used one for her “crusty bread” that was delicious and I thought I just had to have one. Well, I didn’t advise her I bought one till after the fact and of course she wasn’t happy with me. Not only had I spend $103 on it but it had a glass top and was not cast iron. She said she could have done much better for me.
Well I finally received it in the mail and boy it wasn’t what I was expecting. It not only had the glass top, for which I’d been regretting, but it was way too shallow for what I wanted to use it for. So I am returning it! I will loose the initial shipping charge but they will refund me the cost of the thing and free shipping to return. Thank goodness!
But hold onto your horses….. HB Hubby surprised me with a beautiful red Lodge cast iron dutch oven for my b-day. Boy is it heavy! HB boy popped popcorn in it the first night we had it and it was delicious! I am looking through the recipe book that he got me as well for next week’s meal planning… Sooo excited! He also gave me glass storage containers for all that chicken broth I’ve been making!
As if that wasn’t enough, my in-laws gave me gift certificates to Panera and Costco!!!!! Talk about helping out the budget! I know I am truly blessed!
I cant believe that it’s only been 7 weeks . And though I am already dreading having to fly out of the nest and spread my wings from Ms. Mavis in a few weeks… I think I will be ready. I am looking for deals when I hadn’t even known they existed and sticking to my list. I have no desire to pop into TJMaxx, etc and I am trying to figure out ways to increase that savings nest egg. This week HB boy sold another item for $30 on our local Facebook buy and sell page. He gives me a $5 cut for posting and meeting up with the buyers. HB girl has one that is pending we just have to find a time to meet.
So with all this said, I have started to look even more closely at myself in other areas… I think I am going through a midlife crisis. I swear I am. I know I have “let myself go” I haven’t been exercising nor eating like I should. My muscle mass has really changed… I AM 51 years young, and I weigh more than I would like.
So I would like to reveal another personal challenge to get a little more healthy… I warn you I have tried to do this in the past. I have proclaimed to Mr. HB and HB kids that I am going to do this and that, just to have that proclamation fizzle out. So I thought “announcing my budget woes” via Ms. Mavis seemed to work, maybe if I announce this new healthy proclamation to you all it would make me stay the course.
Of course baby steps, so this is what I am going to do to start my transformation.
1. Exercise daily starting with walk/running our staircase 10 flights before I get in shower.. going to YMCA when can.
2. Drink more water
3. Drink less wine, only when invited out or with company over… let’s say weekends
4. Eat no rice, bread or pasta… I did this before and the weight just fell off.
Though this isn’t a weight reduction thing, it should be an added bonus! I didn’t know if I should weigh myself or not, I was scared. But talked myself into it just so I could see concrete progress… I WON’T divulge that number… YIKES! But I will tell you what happens with the scale next week. Good or bad.
Well, we shall see how this goes!