Admittedly, I typically honor an Internet-free weekend to give my eyes and fingers and technology a breather; they all get major work-outs during the week. Even so, I last wrote on Friday and here it is Tuesday. Wow. Time flies.
It was a good weekend:
- Games with friends on Friday night overlooking a busy waterway;
- A cleaning day Saturday, picking up where I left off on Friday, and I also joined Weight Watchers under the proverbial wire to take advantage of their $1.00 joining fee special (a relative is sponsoring me on this; she wanted a buddy, knew I couldn't afford it on my own, and asked for my assistance in exchange for her footing the bill);
- A get-together with some beloved gal pals on Sunday, which started off with a thirty-five-minute trek taking two hours thanks to one wrong turn and horrific traffic, and ended with one of us happily passed out on a gravity chair; always the sign of an excellent gathering.
Yesterday was a standard "work day" for me as I continue my job search, then I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting last night and got the skinny on the hooey of the new Points Plus program, which I like already; it makes sense to me, especially since it allows me to indulge in a glass of Cupcake wine, should I choose to do so.
My challenge is going to be my grocery budget. I have gotten my grocery bill down to $30.00 or less per week. No joke. That is an average which includes the additional, less frequent expense of toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies. I always come home with proteins, dairy, condiments, spices, carbohydrates and fruit (my last shop, I came home with four pounds of bananas to accommodate my daily smoothie and two pounds of cherries). I will also buy potatoes on occasion. I rarely buy wine of any sort - even an $8.00 bottle of Cupcake wine - because it will put me over budget, and I'm not going to go over budget just so I can have a glass of wine at night; I'll stick to water, thanks.
What I am not good about buying, even though I love so many of them, are vegetables. They tend to be so expensive that by the time I get to them, having just grabbed bananas and cherries or grapes, I am at the top of my budget. I have a coupon for $1.00 off a large container of Annie's Organics greens, so I will be sure to get a large container when I go shopping on Thursday. By the way, I only go grocery shopping every two weeks.
Any thrifty suggestions? I would be grateful. Tomorrow, I'll blog about the thriftiness I've discovered in myself since being unemployed.