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Budgets and high calorie adult beverage lesson..

September 15th, 2012 at 11:16 am

The hub is out at the other house processing wood with his dad today, so I am home alone..Actually was, then DD2 showed up with the three little ones. While we visited I brought up her budget and she exlplained that her goal is to pay as much as she can each paycheck and set $40 aside for allowance. Ummm. I told her that was an aggressive goal, but it had a few potential pitfalls.

I explained why she should consider paying those debts, but also put money into an emergency fund..and why. (She is notorious for paying more than she can afford to on debt and then come to mom when there is no money for food for the kids or gas money.) I showed her how I have our budget set up...with income, bills, weekly expenses like food and gas, and the escrow account (aka Freedom acct) for things like Dr bills, birthdays, car repairs, etc.

She paid close attention, but I am not sure it sunk in...so I will bring it up again...and again, until it has. She recently started working more hours and will have more incoming than outgoing, so I am trying to get her to use this as an opportunity to move ahead a little.

We spent $33 last night on food for the dinner and had grilled chicken, jazmine rice, corn on the cob and grilled pineapple, zucchini and onion. It was so good. I was careful with portions and came in under on all the food goals for the day...RIGHT UP UNTIL...I added the three hurricane drinks I had. HOLY CANOLY...I had no idea those three nice cold drinks would bypass my goal limits by almost double in the calorie and carbs...I dont tally sugars, but I am sure that would have been off the chart too. Before the dinner we also stopped by the liquor store (In Oregon, that is the only place you can buy it)...we bought to stock op (an embarrassing $69)...but we have plenty on hand for the future gatherings and we wont have to buy again for months.

They sure dont look that sabatoging to a goal:





Now that I know what those yummy drinks do to my goals, I will probably stick with a glass or two of red wine in the future.

Luckily, I am using Lucky Robins mantra of "progress, nor perfection"...and so I am just hopping back on track today and framing last night as a once in a while treat that was ok.

5 Responses to “Budgets and high calorie adult beverage lesson..”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    "again...and again until...." An old friend is fond of saying that you have to consider a new idea seven times before you understand it....Of course, building up that emergency fund is going to be easier once she has more money coming in.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Hee, that mantra is getting around! I think any beverage other than water can really blow a diet, especially if we are used to refilling our glasses. Milk and fruit juice at least have some nutritional advantages, though. Unfortunately alcohol or soda pop just tend to be empty, useless calories that add up so fast you don't know what happened until afterwards when you run the numbers. It's a good thing to be aware of and you will be from here on out. I like to think of these things as budget busters for the diet.

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    I know those drinks are calorie killers Frown

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Now you'll be aware for next time and can either plan for one, or do an alternative.

  5. Jerry Says:

    It is true that some people do not seem to grasp the EF concept, even when Murphy's Law leads them to be bitten by it time and time again. I hope that your example will offer some insurance that she starts to piece together an EF for her family, as well. Good luck!
    Jerry

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