Ya know what I'd kill for right now? A massage, a facial and a margarita! Being a real grown up means not spending money on any or all of the above when I cannot afford it. Alas, no massage, facial or margarita for me.
I decided to make myself learn to plan meals, and eat at home the majority of the time (not just fast food but actual food prepared in my home--gasp), even for lunch. This is motivated by money. I can't afford to be lazy and only cook when I really want to.
Step 1: Tell DH things have to change (check). He's not making any cash so he gets to deal with my new system--tragically the new system involves more work for me. He took it well and seems to be on board.
Step 2: Develop a vague plan of what we might eat this week (the plan included PB&J, grilled cheese, and um chicken and maybe some veggies)--not much of a shopping list but I've never excelled at planning meals more than 3 hours in advance.
Step 3: Shopping (Piglet and I enjoyed this step). For $57, we left the store with what might actually be enough food for the week (or pretty close). Considering that I've been spending over $10 on lunch alone during the week, this is pretty awesome and has motivated me to cook.
Step 4: Prep some meals in advance to keep this project from failing miserably. I managed to chop and freeze 2 onions and prepare a meal to cook later (yes 1--to my credit I have a minor sinus infection and needed a nap).
Step 5: Profit!
So it's Tuesday. I've managed to eat at home for lunch both work days (and DH is remarkably on board). I've made 2 dinners in a row (this never happens during the week). My only expense in the past 2 days was my daycare check.
If I keep this up, I may be able to at least afford the margarita in a few weeks. :)