Well, I'll tell you.
Never shop when you're hungry. That's where the money goes.
I went grocery shopping a few days ago and did really well, thank you. I stayed in my budget. I shop at Whole Foods and I managed to get everything on my list and it all fit into my 4 bags that I take with me (because hey...I can be just as environmentally minded as the next person).
Then, this morning, I remembered that I forgot to pick up fabric softener and milk. Liv and I went back just to get those two items.
This is my receipt:
Home Run Inn 6" sausage pizza $2.99
(Hey...Bing and I like something to snack on while we watch Lost.)
Organic boneless butterfly pork chops $7.55
(They looked SO juicy.)
Connie's sausage pizza $7.69
(Always good to have a pizza in the freezer for those nights when I don't feel like cooking.)
Honey roasted peanuts $2.99
(Blame that one on Liv. She loves peanuts.)
Milk chocolate malted milk balls $3.99
(We usually go to a movie on Sundays and it is um...cheaper(?) to just buy treats at the store. Uh huh.)
Balsamic honey turkey breast $5.59
(For Liv's lunches next week)
Newman's original cookies $3.39
(I walked by them and they called to me.)
Newman's ginger o's $3.39
Meyer's lemon fabric softener $6.99
(See? I needed that.)
Julie's organic blackberry ice cream $2.50
(Oh, man...it melts on your tongue, I swear!)
Kettle chips $2.97
(To go with the turkey sandwiches?)
Whole Foods whole milk $6.39
(I needed this)
Whole Foods goat milk $6.39
(Liv and I love this, but I was good and skipped buying the goat butter. Props to me!)
Whole Treat dark chocolate sauce $4.99
(Ok...I am trying to think of a good reason and can't.)
Woodstock black currant jam $1.49
(We have strawberry jam at home and this just looked so good.)
RSVP butcher's string $3.49
(We need this for Liv's african bead project, figured that this would work better than floss.)
Organic cherries $1.99
(Liv thought this would be a good afternoon treat and I agreed.)
Julie's organic mint fudge ice cream $2.50
(see Julie's blackberry ice cream.)
Wilshire all natural sausage patties $3.39
(Liv reminded me that eggs and sausage would be nice for a Sunday breakfast.)
My grand total (plus tax): $82.61
And that is where the money goes. I'm gonna have to eat crow with Bing because she bet me that I couldn't stay in budget on groceries this week and I thought I had, but then....well, damn it.
The next time I run to Whole Foods for two small items, I will have to gorge myself first. It's the only way to come out of there with two small items.
And...I also want to give a huge shout out to my neighbor, Sven. He just received news that not only did he get into the University of his choice (Stanford)...but that he will be getting a full ride athletic scholarship to play football there.
I'm proud of you, dude. And keep in mind that you obtained those muscles by swinging Liv around by her arms in the yard. She will never forget you. You are her big soul brother. I'll miss hearing you come home from your dates on the weekend because you insist on shattering the collective eardrums of the neighborhood with your loud music. Not. Seriously, though, you are the best of the best, my beastie boy.