Monday, September 8, 2008

Falling Off the Frugal Wagon

Okay, and moving on! :)

The end of pregnancy (hey, I thought we were moving on?) is always rough for me. I'm tired. Unmotivated. Uncomfortable. And, oh yeah, I had to put on 4 shirts this morning before I found one that even remotely fit. And that's kind of a stretch - literally.

Frugality takes organziation and committment, neither of which I have right now. So, we've done some decidedly UNfrugal things lately. Like:

  • Eat out. A lot. When we eat out with the kids, it mostly involves cheeseburgers, plain, with no buns. And fries. Or we'll go to Taco John's and get them the chicken that comes in the soft tacos, with no shell, covered in cheese. They like that. We've done Qdoba. We let them have hashbrowns for breakfast. As you can tell, we've WAY overdone our food budget.
  • Hire a cleaning person! Is there anything more unfrugal than that? Not really. Do I care? Not at all. She's coming in at least once before the baby arrives, maybe twice, and if I can talk SuperDad into it, maybe a couple of times after too.
  • Bought a tree. You know, for the baby.
  • Signed D up for some classes at the community center. Because E is back in school now, and he misses her. :(
  • Not done cloth diapers. According to my very informal survey, gluten in diapers shouldn't be a concern. There are other great reasons to do cloth, and we'll probably go back to it eventually. But not now.

We're dipping into the savings we built up for the baby. And I'm okay with that, because sometimes that's just how it goes.

Our gluten free eating has been anything but blog-worthy lately. Our menu this week:

So this blog may not be very inspirational for awhile, but if you stick around long enough, I promise to show you baby pictures! :)

6 comments:

Carrie said...

You are totally allowed not to be inspirational!! Although, I still think you are! You are simply keeping it real girl! There are seasons for frugality and you shouldn't feel guilty for spending more than usual. I still think you are still being MUCH more frugal than the average American. That's one thing that's nice about practical, daily frugality... during the times you can't practice that, you are still being more frugal than most!! ;-) I think you are doing a great job!

Suburban Hippie said...

You're definitely entitled to the eating out and the cleaning person. You're just doing what women naturally do in late pregnancy: gather their strength for the birth. Good for you to give yourself a little leeway. God knows you deserve it.

Li loves David said...

Isn't that what the baby-savings is for? To help you enjoy the baby? :)

Hang in there, only 37 days to go! Can't wait to see Winston Churchill-esque photos soon...

huddtoo said...

You are allowed to slip back a little. Think of what you do when you aren't very pregnant, tired, uncomfortable, etc. You guys do great at working on keeping your dept down and saving. You ARE allowed to splurge on things to help you out. And you'll get back on track when things settle down!

:)

zdoodlebub said...

I think you are inspiring because you are giving yourself permission to do things differently for now and not feel guilty about it.

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