Halfway through May average daily spending: $16.90
Yesterday was... not the greatest. We headed over to my in laws to spend time with my father in law and met them on the way out of their driveway. Little Abe cried for at least 5 minutes as we drove away "Grammy, Papa's house!!!" Apparently they already "had plans." It was ridiculous considering my mother in law did practically the same thing on Mother's Day (refused to let us stop by to give her a gift because she didn't feel like seeing people). My husband is REALLY close (like closer than I'd like) to his family and when she pulls this kind of junk it really ticks me off. I was pretty angry most of the afternoon.
We headed home and our little guy started screaming when we turned the corner off the highway to head to our house (only about 3 blocks away) "no go home! no home!" We decided to go downtown instead. He ran around in the splash pad down there with a billion other kids for awhile. That's always fun (and super cute). Then we walked around. We stopped and got smoothies and frog cookies before we headed home. On the way home my hubby asked about dinner and I told him what the options at home were, that I also had to go grocery shopping so I could pick up any other meal he might want, and that since it was Father's day to feel free and choose a restaurant. He picked Subway (which he has a strange addiction to) and then we headed home.
Our fathers day outing cost $22.87. I am not including my husband's gift in my spending. Call it cheating but he has expensive and picky taste. He requested a camera for his PS4. He would have bought it for himself regardless. I spent $20.36 on groceries and plan on today being no spend day 39. I don't regret the "outing" cost as I was so grouchy that I feel like in the end I almost ruined fathers day for my hubby. A lot of it was residual anger from Mother's day. Two years in a row she called us in the morning and said "do NOT come over. I don't want to see anyone." I learned two years ago when she pulled the little stunt that she was testing us. It was mentioned all year about how we didn't give her a mother's day card on Mother's Day and what not. Honestly my sister in law and I did a little photo shoot with the three grandsons. I made a very nice photo book for her. It would have been the first pictures she had with the three boys together. My sister in law planted a hanging basket for her. I know that my mother in law saw her gifts at one point when she was by my sister in laws place but for whatever reason she "forgot" to bring them home. Of course this little fact negates that we even got her anything. blah, blah, blah... there's so much drama in my husband's family.
My sister in law talked to her therapist about the "holiday" drama and the therapist told her that it's normal for an alcoholic to sabotage and invent situations to dwell on all year. I think it sort of justifies the drinking. Like I said, my husband is very close with his family and it just angers me so much when he, his sister, and the little ones don't get to spend time with their parents/ grandparents when she pulls this kind of stuff. Sorry, this post was not originally intended to be a vent fest. I'll probably delete it all later anyhow, but for now... I feel a tiny bit better.
In order to reach my goal for the month there's $101.97 left in this month's spending budget. Yikes!