Well, the first weekend on my spending fast has been, hmm, thoughtful. Locked in the house Friday night, I became a neat freak (SERIOUSLY out of character for me) and discovered a lost check. Saturday, I went for a morning walk, also not the norm for me. Later that evening, the friend I didn’t meet for window shopping scooped me up, and we went to the grocery store to pick up some food to cook.
Many readers suggested having friends over and cooking as an economical way to eat/socialize.
However, a bottle of cheap wine, vinaigrette salad dressing, two sweet potatoes, salad in a bag, a tomato, and crab "on sale" ADDS UP.
I’m new to this cooking game. I don’t really know how much stuff costs.
I know seafood is not cheap, but I figured the $6.99 per pound crab
special would be harmless split between two people. But we ended up
getting three-and-a-half pounds, so KA-CHING!
My half of the bill was $20. While we had a nice time catching up, I realized a few things:
1) I like baked sweet potatoes
2) On sale means nothing, budget means everything. You have to know how much you want to spend going into the grocery store
3)Being frugal means managing money at all times, even during the good times with friends/loved ones
4) When people say I should have friends over and cook, they must take into account that I have bare cupboards. I use oil and vinegar for salad dressing. When I go shopping for guests, I feel like I have to be more mainstream.
In all, I had a great time. I learned a few tricks by watching my friend work her magic in the kitchen, while I served as bartender. On the great side, I had salad and salad dressing left over to use/eat the next day. That’s a feat.