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More Spending and Other Updates

May 5th, 2015 at 08:41 am

I forgot to mention this, but I lost my dietbet yet again. My weight has been consistent, but I've been so busy that I haven't been able to focus on actively losing. On the plus side, I won one of the weekly weigh-ins, so I received my polar heart rate monitor yesterday! Since I already have a fitbit, I decided to give the heart rate monitor to my mom for mother's day who has been trying to lose some weight. One negative side effect of losing weight is that I'm always freezing. If it were up to me, we wouldn't have the air on until June, but the dogs get really hot, so we have to run it.

DD2 is adjusting to her new schedule. It's really hard though because as it turns out, there is a carpenter bee nest in our patio. Two males hover around protecting it all day. I know they're harmless, but they still scare the cracker jacks out of me and DD2 doesn't like to be out there alone. She will go if I get there quick enough to let her out when she goes to the patio herself, but if I take her out to wait for her to go, she gets anxious and starts barking/jumping on the door if no one else is out there. I put a training pad in front of the door and she does go around it. She just doesn't always actually pee on it.

Yesterday, I hit up the grocery store. We've been spending too much on eating out/eating easy since things have been so chaotic. I spent $80 and got enough to probably get us through when SO leaves. We also bought some alcohol for a mini cinco de mayo celebration which was about 60 for tequila and rum and margarita mix. The last thing we got was the Omaha Steaks package for the barbecue. We went with a build your own combo for $129. With free shipping and a $15 coupon, we got 6 bacon-wrapped top sirloins, 16 burgers, 8 bratwurst, lasagna, 2 trays roasted veggies, 6 caramel apple tartlets, 10 potatoes au gratin, 4 hot dogs and 4 pork chops for $115. I also had a free reward, so we got chorizo salami. This will not only cover the barbecue, but also probably spill into the rest of the month. SO's parents offered to bring stuff, so they're bringing shrimp ceviche and guacamole. I told my mom she didn't have to bring anything, but if she wanted to, she could bring deviled eggs. That should more than cover the 10 or so people we're expecting.

I didn't get a chance yesterday, but I'm hoping to be able to do April spending and May budgets write-ups soon!

4 Responses to “More Spending and Other Updates”

  1. snafu Says:

    I appreciate you're very busy with work and pets and I hesitate to point out these food packages are not cost effective as $ 115. should get you a bit over 19 pounds of top sirloin at a major grocery chain.

    If I read your Omaha Steak purchase outline correctly, you're paying a lot per pound for potatoes sprinkled with cheese, pasta & tomato sauce , 3 apples for 6 tartlets, bratwurst which relies on spices more than quality meat, hot dogs [you don't want to know the bits that go into those] and chorizo, 3 or so strips of bacon & only 6 sirloin steak which likely weigh less than 5 pounds total.

  2. debt-free by thir-ty Says:

    Snafu, no worries about pointing that out! I appreciate you bringing my head back out of the clouds. I realize it's not really cost effective, but with everything else going on, being able to not worry about getting all the food together is great (plus, we really enjoy the Omaha Steaks food...). I was planning on trying my hand at some beautifully colored merengue cookies and chocolate covered strawberries rather than splurging on desserts or flowers or such, but I'm not even sure that'll happen since I planned to do that Saturday without realizing I'm already busy the whole day. My friend is visiting from out of town and we plan to take the puppies out and tire them out, then the shooting range and a night out on the town. I'm just trying to make it to the second half of May when I'm hoping things will settle down.

    Just one more note, I did up our entertainment budget to $300 this month giving us a $225 budget for the barbecue. Since this is our first time hosting and introducing our families, we wanted to make sure it was a great experience. As it is, I think we really inflated that number because all that's really left are drinks (a few sodas and a case of beer/bottle of wine) and decorations (no more than $15).

  3. snafu Says:

    For what's it's worth, ice cold watermelon is an easy, inexpensive dessert that goes particularly well with BBQ and heaviness of Lasagna entree Alternatively,. an ice cream sundae 'station' is a fun, easy DIY dessert for guests who are meeting each other for the 1st time. You can dish out ice cream asking guests to 'dress' and 'decorate' with their choice of various flavours of sprinkles and any combination of non parels, dragees, crushed candy, crushed Oreos, gummies, sugar alphabets, carmel creme, smarties, chocolate syrup that you decide to offer.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Congrats on winning the Polar HM! That's nice of you to give it to your mom.

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