Sunday, March 1, 2015
My knee jerk reaction . . $316.67
This scenario is growing really, really old. I paid the rent earlier this past week (due the 1st), yet some* of those who are supposed to contribute to the rent and food remain behind for February, never mind owing all of March. A typical Landlord would not put up with this. Regardless of their ill planning, I pay my bills in full, on time. I had a serious talk with one offender, and plan on having a talk with the other. Bottom line is, the money is due, as agreed upon in writing, at the beginning of the month. Their actions are impacting ME, and that is not something that I will tolerate.
So, my knee jerk reaction is to once again, serious curb grocery shopping,focusing on needs until those monies come in. While I have completed February's shopping, there is a slight overage of $4.31 that I am rolling over to March. For now, until reimbursed, I am planning on using just my portion of the grocery funds plus what monies have been added to it so far, leaving me $316.67 - $4.31 = $312.36 for March. My menus are planned, and I've just shopped for the bulk of needs for the next 2 weeks, so any shopping these next 2 weeks, will be for milk, perhaps 1/2 & 1/2 cream. There are a few deals out there, but nothing I desperately need, so if I get them, fine, if not, fine. By the weekend of the 14th, I must buy 2 corned beef briskets for St Pat's, and I suspect that I will need more carrots by then. Otherwise, I am in great shape.
-we are running out of some supplies, and they are not being replaced
-more and more of the freezer/pantry supplies are diminishing
-more and more recycling is being created (just did the recyling Sat, and I've already filled a tall kitchen garbage bag up)
-snacks aren't being replenished much, although I did get protein granola bars as the old ones were finally eaten. one bag of tortillas, 1 pkg grahams (which I also use in baking)
-baked goods are pretty much limited to using/using up supplies already on hand
-more off brands, private label, dollar store bargains
-large pitchers of generic Koolaid, home brewed tea are available, saving what few cans of soda I just bought for sick tummies and "pizza night"
-some have noted that "all of the good stuff is gone," "there's no ice cream!"
We also continue to eat seasonally, what's on sale, which becomes especially challenging this time of year when nothing is being produced. I rely more upon home/commercially prepared canned/fzn foods and the cheap core of produce staples: potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, cabbage, Romaine.
I am trying to demonstrate a clear case of cause and effect: You don't pay your portion towards food=less food will be purchased, and I make what few food dollars I do have for a family of 6 stretch as far as possible, which is why the last 2 weeks of February found me using those remaining funds towards things like: dishwasher and dishwashing detergents, laundry detergent, dried beans, ketchup, mustard,toilet paper, tissues, tampons, salt, baking soda, peanut butter, tuna, canned salmon, elbow macaroni, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, etc.
What would you do under similar circumstances?