Despite my promises to post something "less melancholy" yesterday, I managed to let the whole day slide by without writing. Well, my excuses are these:
1. Ben took the laptop with him for school and didn't get back till the afternoon.
2. I ended up on the phone with a friend for a delightful 2+ hours of pure TALK (which hasn't happened to me in years)
3. I had some serious planning to do regarding groceries/budgeting.
About that last one: Gas is up to $3.29 here, and soars to $3.45 in some "elite" gas stations, and I have had to reconsider some things. For instance: Costco is a cheap way to buy bulk, quality items. But we live 30 minutes from said store, so I have to figure in the massive $5-$6 that trip alone is going to cost me. I know that sounds little, but when talking groceries here, cents usually inspire us to make our choices. Remember?
I had been spreading our shopping out and going only every 2 weeks to avoid the frequent driving, but that has resulted in the loss of a lot of fresh produce. I was throwing lettuce out every week...and usually other things, as well. I'm going to try to streamline a bit, and do some intensive meal-planning. My friend, Laurie, does her shopping that way. She plans out every meal, has sandwiches at lunch, and buys only exactly the ingredients she needs to cook those meals (plus lunchmeat & bread).
We only have a Wal-Mart and a Safeway nearby. I'm LOATHE to shop at WalMart--not just because of the stigma, but the quality of their stuff is usually pretty low. Especially produce. Where would I LIKE to shop, you ask? Trader Joe's, Farmer's Market, and WINCO!!
I HEART WINCO!!
But all these places are 30 minutes plus from me.
Anyhow, a few weeks will show whether my micro-managing style will do it for us. I'll post later what I decide to do about Costco, too. Renew or not renew....