This was one of those mornings where I just wanted to say “to hell with not spending” and buy a soda. Or a pricy latte on my way to work. I was already having a bleh day by 8 a.m. (forgot French press coffee on the counter, went to the post office to retrieve wedding pictures to find out that the counter doesn’t open until 8:30 and left a burned mess of rice and lentils in the crockpot), and spending money seemed like a solution to making myself feel better. So I have now identified that spending is an emotional thing for me. 🙂 I guess that’s the good news.
But now I’m at work, sipping the coffee that is waiting every morning when I arrive. (It’s not my French press, but it’s free, it’s hot and it will wake me up.) And I won’t spend money today either.
Earlier this week, I found this interesting article from Slate magazine – How Cost Effective Is It to Make Pantry Staples from Scratch?
Some of the staples that were featured were yogurt, bread, cream cheese, crackers and bagels. The article then did a cost analysis of how the cost of ingredients equated with the cost of buying the staple in the store. This writer did not include the cost of the time spent making these staples because if you’re really going to take the time to try and make yogurt, you probably really like cooking and don’t mind hanging out in the kitchen.
On Wednesday I got gas for the Rattling Death Trap ($15.00) and redeemed my coupon for a free 20 oz. bottle of Diet Dr. Pepper. And even better? The gas station I frequent was having a special where they were trying to sell pizza, so I got a free slice of pizza out of the deal.
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