Tuesday, November 18, 2008

slippery slope (not soap, blue's clues fans)

so nate and i have purposed to not spend money going out to eat lately. one, because we should be spending our money more wisely than dining out. and two, because we felt that our kids had become "too comfortable" with going out to eat all the time, when its actually a blessing to be taken out, so it should be a reward.


so this past weekend, friday namely, nate and i met up in plymouth to hang out while parker was at a birthday party at pump it up. every parent has suffered through this once or twice, so you do the best to stay busy. we decided to go to leann chin. YUM! what a treat, considering we hadn't been there in such a long time. so we eat dinner, bum around michaels crafts for a while, and then pick up parker.

but after we get him, we're feeling "peckish". so we decide we need dessert from wendy's. namely FROSTYs!

not too bad, right? keep reading.

then on saturday, after i get off work to find out i have a flat tire (bummer!), we head up to Tires Plus to get a spare put on. they tell us they're going to order one, so kill the time letting the kiddos spend their birthday $ at target. but let's get some snacks at the cafe first.


then sunday, through all sorts of lack of planning, it becomes 2 o'clock before the kids haven't even eaten lunch. i am running out the door for the 5th, so i tell nate just to take them to BK.

double cha-ching

after the 5th, since i never ate lunch, nate and i decide to get some chipotle and have a mini date night. fun?? yes. romantic? yes. budgety?


fast forward to monday morning, when i balance the checkbook every week. it balances, but i can't figure out why i don't have any grocery money.

oh yeah, its because i spent $97 in three days on things that (through planning and a little effort) i could have made at home.

like i said, its a slippery slope. nate and my new favorite catch phrase:

"lesson learned"


Jessica said...

Oh man, I know what you mean! I mean Trent and I budget and we atually budget money for "out to eat" but it seems that lately we've been using other money to go out to eat...so then when it comes to get groceries we have way less! We are really working to break that habit, we don't have to eat out every weekend!!

suddenfire said...

I hear ya les...I hear ya!

mommak said...

I know exactly what you mean... sorry for your "slippery slope" but even through our mistakes - I know that GOD IS FAITHFUL! :) Just cuz He likes you! :)

ps said...

OMG we used to do this all the time when the kids were home and the schedules were crazy. It brings back lots of memories. Even down to no grocery money! We have the budget thing down pretty good now so be encouraged. It only took us... 30 years!! :)