Well, if you find yourself actually rolling in that much dough, let me know how; that sounds great! Still, even modest savings begin to add up, and it’s a lot more fun to see that than to realize your hard-earned cash is slipping away.
Before I get into that, though, I have one more tip for your grocery experiment: Don’t forget about lunches and snacks and stuff. “How could I? Do you think I’m stupid?”, you may ask. Certainly I do not. However, the first time I did the big two-week shopping, I was so wrapped up in all that dinner planning that I pretty much neglected the other two meals. Leftovers generally take care of lunch for Kevin, but what about me and the boy? Oops. And sometimes you might need a little snack, you know. Double oops. So yeah, don’t forget to consider those things. No need to get carried away as though you’re preparing for an expedition; just remember it’s nice to have some food in the pantry.
OK, so now you’re shopping less often and hopefully tucking away a little green. Man, set that money aside! Put it in the mattress, open another bank account—something! I hate when I scrimp and save and then find that the money’s just being absorbed somewhere else. If you start seeing results, you could:
Put it toward installing a new shower, since your old one started leaking into the laundry room the minute you started talking about extra money. Oh, is that just in our house? I beg your pardon.
Well, the traditional housewife considered extra household money “chef spoils”, if you will. I’m just sayin.
What about the small home dec projects that you’ve been thinking about? Spruce up the joint! (Take a page out of Autum’s book; I know I will.)
Vacation fund? Start a vegetable garden (which I have found to be expensive and totally fruitless, so it’s good to have a little extra seed money)? Throw more parties?
I don’t need to tell you how to spend your own money; surely we all have plenty of ideas to spare. One more thing to consider would be sharing your blessing with your local food bank. I don’t know why I never knew this, but I was actually surprised when I read that the food bank can stretch your dollar a lot farther than they can your food donations. I mean, it makes sense, but I guess I’d never really given it much thought. I came across a verse the other day that really jumped out at me:
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
-Proverb 22:9 KJV
Isn’t that good? I love the idea of looking at your world with a “bountiful eye”.
So that’s about all I have to say about that. There was no sewing yesterday, but I do have some show and tell from earlier in the week once it gets light enough to take a decent picture.