Sunday, June 5, 2011

El Burrito

Day 156 of $12 a day. We've paid off $2075 of credit card debt this year.

Slightly amusing story: Last evening before we ate dinner we ran out to pick up dog food. That was super stupid because both of us hadn't eaten for HOURS. So, we get the dog food and as we're driving away my husband mumbles, "I'm SOOO hungry." I mumble back, "me too." We were right by our favorite restaurant. I blew last weeks budget and I've started out this week rather poorly but we were both thinking it, "mmm, El Burrito!" Neither of us said anything though we just subtly implied to each other that we wanted to go there.

Our Boy... and first dog
We headed home but my husband started down the path towards the restaurant. That's not the way home. I'm not going to lie, I was super excited that he decided to go there. I was bubbling up with joy thinking about the tortilla chips (we do not eat chips at home), the fresh home made salsa, and the amazing taco salad that I would most likely be eating for dinner. I almost said it. I almost said, "honey lets just go to El Burrito for dinner." I stopped myself though. I was SURE he was going there and I was going to just let this budget buster be on him. I would be the bigger one in this deal. We approached the restaurant, the car slowed a bit, I was so looking forward to dinner, and we just drove on by.

I was so relieved and let down at the same time. I'm thinking, "what a little bugger to drive me past that delicious food and not even go there," and "oh YES we just saved ourselves $23!!!" When we got home I had to mention it. I'm all, "honey what was with that El Burrito stunt?" He said, "I was sure you'd say we should go there if I drove that way. But you didn't say anything." Then I'm like, "You were driving there, I was sure we were going there. I didn't need to say anything!" We had a little bicker and a little laugh about it. All in all we saved $23 and did the right thing. Man oh man we are dorks!

The run down: I spent $9.48 today. I'm $12.41 over the $12 a day average thus far and I'm still hoping to make up some of the overage this week. I should be eating super light when my husband leaves for Bonnoro on Wednesday so I should be able to meet the budget, maybe come in a little under easy this week. MAYBE...

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  1. Congratulations! I think those first few times when you silence the little devil on your shoulder are the hardest... after that it's a piece of cake. Not to mention, maybe once your overages go down a bit more you can justify an El Burrito trip?!

    Keep up the good work! :)

    C.M.C @

  2. Wow! I just found your blog through My Half Dozen Daily. I have to say I am really enjoying it. I love ambitious challenges!

  3. lol! You know what they say about the road to temptation... It's always an easy one! ;) Good for you both for staying the course!