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Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Musings: Week 7

Short and sweet today --

We're dipping into our food stores, and I'm not replacing things we use. This requires some creativity in the kitchen. For example, what do we cook when we run out of ground beef from the freezer? This week, we had chicken tacos instead of beef since I had precooked chicken in the freezer. We are having to re-tool some of our favorite recipes, as well as branch out into some new ones. This is tough when there isn't a lot of time for experimenting and the  busyness of life often requires that we just get something edible on the table.

While I love the opportunity for our children to play basketball, I'll breathe a sigh of relief when the season ends in two weeks. The games and evening practices wreak havoc on our dinner schedule, and the temptation to grab pizza or chicken or Subway or anything-we-can-because-we-are-starving on the way home is strong.

The Dave Ramsey class is really great. This week, we're working on our budget. We've operated on the envelope system for household expenses for several years. It's worked well for us, but we need some tweaking of our budget. Talking about money can sometimes be emotionally-charged, but it's always worth it in the end. 

Here's my spending breakdown for Week 7.

Groceries                                         $54.65
Piano Lessons                                 $10.00
Lunch after service project             $6.50
Tournament T-shirt                      $10.00  
Total                                                 $81.15

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