Accomplishments Fails and Ways I Saved Blew Money
Um, let’s be honest here for a moment, shall we?
Just so everyone* knows (*everyone = all of my 20 readers / email subscribers), I do not live all my weeks being perfectly frugal. I swear that sometime money literally just walks out of my wallet without me knowing. Or without me agreeing to it. Let’s take this week as an example.
Starting off motivated. T. is still away so I am challenging myself to minimal grocery shopping, using all I have on hand, in fridge, freezer and pantry. Well, by pantry I mean a two-shelved cabinet (if you live in NYC you’ll understand). The cabinet is stuffed with organic oatmeal, quinoa, pasta, rice, flour, beans, canned tomatoes, chicken stock, fancy schmancy pancake mix, powdered milk, spices and some other random goodies. In the fridge I still have 11 eggs, small milk, some parmesan cheese, sour cream, 1 lb butter, loads of carrots and some celery sticks. The teeny tiny freezer is almost empty but I still see some chicken thighs and a couple of baggies of frozen spinach. You would think I can survive on this for a week, right?
Then off I went to pick up some bananas and a few apples. I like to chop them up into my oatmeal while cooking which makes the oatmeal a lot more more ‘user friendly’. Well, this is what happened:
I forgot I already had eggs at home, I did not need granola (I already have a 5 lb. bag of oatmeal for Lord’s sake), yogurt was crazily overpriced and the ‘buy one get one free’ strawberries turned out more per package than if I had got them at another store . I also picked up Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and a package of bacon. Bacon? I guess I have not shared with the world yet that at my annual last month my cholesterol turned out to be quite high so bacon definitely is NOT my friend. Neither are the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls.
This is what happens when you shop for bananas and apples on an empty belly. Actually, as you can see, I forgot the apples.
I said goodbye to $30.
Well, that’s not all. I am just getting started here my friends.
A couple of days ago The PG Girl wanted to go to the Atlas Mall in Rego Park. She wanted to get a pair of flats at the Payless store and since I had a car that day, I said ‘why not?’ and so we went shoe shopping. I did NOT need any shoes and yet I ended up with 2 pars of flats myself. How? The last thing I thought I needed that morning was yet another pair. $19.99 each. Plus $3 parking.
Bye bye $43. Again, not much planning here.
They are cute though.
At this point I am also sure that my coffee maker needs to be replaced. No matter how much coffee grinds I put in, it still comes out diluted. Tastes awful. This past week I purchased a cup of coffee every single morning without fail. Sure it was only $1.25 at the Metropolitan M Train stop deli but it does add up. Plus I do want to make it a point to buy coffee only when I socialize with friends over a weekend and not make it a daily happening.
As I look at the past week I am pretty disappointed with how easily I blew money without giving it much thought. Oh well, I am off to a fresh start tomorrow. Some weeks are just better than others.
How did YOUR week go?