This morning I woke up with the idea that since today was not going to be a no spend then I should get out the house as quick as possible and treat myself with a stop at the McD's drive thru for some coffee and a $1 sausage mcmuffin on my way to work. I know, silly. Right? That little "treat" would have cost around $3.65, maybe closer to $4 (I don't know the exact total) And honestly $3.65 is a lot of money for a coffee and breakfast sandwich when the alternative is brewing a cup at home and grabbing a nutri-grain bar on my way out of the house; probably around $1 if not less on the cost for that.
I was hoping to spend around $35 on groceries today. I ended up spending $45.44. I didn't buy anything crazy but there were several items that we needed that I just couldn't manage to put back in order to get the total down. If I had spent the $3.65 at McD's this morning (which I didn't) then I'd be almost $15 over my planned budget for today. $15 is a lot of money. In summary I did the wise thing this morning, did not stop at McD's for a treat, and am very happy and proud of myself for sticking to it.
Now I've a huge freshly made, from scratch, pot of chicken and dumplings soup waiting to be eaten. I had some cilantro left in the fridge from the pulled pork chili I made a while back. The dumplings recipe calls for chopped parsley (which I've never added before, even so). I thought I'd substitute the cilantro for the parsley. Well, let me tell you that was not an un-wise decision. This is by far the yummiest pot of chicken and dumplings soup I've made yet! And now that you have all been filled in about my dinner I will leave you be and go eat my soup while reading my St. Patrick book (for about the billionth time; I read it every March).
Average daily spending for 2015: $17.59
$245.97 left to spend in March