…although Halloween was great fun. It’s our family’s favorite holiday, and we had a really good time. All the candy and some of the pumpkins were outside the regular food budget, so if I can get some use out of the leftover pumpkin stuff (which I froze), then we’ll be a bit ahead of the game. We did a fairly extensive job of decorating the yard, pretty much using stuff we had on hand to begin with; I even made a Smoldering Jack-O-Lantern of Doom using parts of a camping cookset, a can of Sterno, and some dry ice. Here’s a picture: Pretty cool, eh?
You can see the usual suspects for breakfast. you can also observe the beginnings of Convenience Creep (two pizza nights) during dinner, which is a troubling trend. I’ve been having trouble lately coming up with a whole week’s worth of dinner items ahead of time, so some gaps appear; or, we’re out and about and the whole prepared-ahead thing just doesn’t happen. I will have to take steps to ward this off, as it is a) expensive, b) unhealthy, and c) not in keeping with the spirit of the project.
Fortunately, I have a few days to strategize, as there won’t be any grocery shopping until at least Wednesday. Assuming The State Agency got my paperwork in time, that is when our benefits renew. That should also give me time to work on a price book, so I don’t overspend like I did last week. I’m also going to re-set my weekly spending target to $100, well below the actual threshold of $120, so we have some margin of error as well as wiggle room for stock-up savings.
One reason that last week was so tricky is that The Boys were on a half-day schedule due to Parent-Teacher Conference Week. I had gotten rather used to having both mornings and afternoons to myself, as they don’t usually come home until after 3 pm. Having them home and hungry just after 12 noon threw me off my game more than I had anticipated. Factor in the car trouble (neither one is running terribly well yet) and that Bad Shopping Day last week, and I should be glad it wasn’t any worse. Luckily, we live close to most of what we need and I can get around by bike too. I have to be smarter with my time as well.