Saturday, February 20, 2016
Taking Stock-Need to Stock
We'll be on the road in a little while. DD#2 slept at a friends and we are just going to swing by and pick her tired body up and she'll probably fall back to sleep in the car. She wants to be able to weigh in on the apartment her sister picks, so didn't want to stay behind. She has some idea that once she gets her drivers license she will be road tripping herself to visit. DD#1 helped her cousin cook, serve, and clean up from a little dinner party last night, and just slept there as well, so I'm waiting for her to get home, hop in the shower quick before we leave. When my niece was briefly on her own, she hosted one last year. A series of issues, had her moving back home with her parents when her lease was up, but they are on vacation, and were fine with her hosting a grown up dinner party. I'm hoping DD brings leftovers home, because DH is on his own tonight for dinner. I took a look at our food stock and we are pretty full, but cooking is required. I'm glad there are little to no convenience foods, other than maybe a couple cans of soup, in the pantry. I've been trying to get the salt and preservatives out of the house.
Earlier in the week I took stock of my emergency reserves in my desk at work. Unlike home, my cupboards were bare. I've picked up more take out coffee's than I should in recent weeks, and Target is too convenient for a midday run. To break the habit, I replenished Thursday morning after dropping DD#2 off at school. Here' my list:
16 count Good Earth Spicy and Sweet Tea(My ffavorite)
22 count Bigelow Early Grey (My second favorite)
22 Count Maxwell house instant coffee sachet's (For emergencies)
4 Fig and Blueberry bars (Normally close to a $ a piece, but on special 4/$1.00-wish I bought more)
6 count package of Peanut butter crunchy granola bars
Box of Wheat Thins
Box of Triscuits
I think I spent just shy of $23.00, so not that thrifty in and of itself, and I know a lot of carbs. It stopped me twice on Thursday from succumbing to expensive beverages and snacks though, once on route to work, and then when a coworker walked over to Target before a meeting and offered to get me a cup. There are Starbucks in Target now-I still can't get over that. As if Target was not already a money suck, they had to put coffee bars in there as well. I'll add some other things the next time we do a real grocery shop-simple items like soup or tuna packets.
I'm pretty good about grabbing a piece of fruit as I head out the door even when I don't carefully pack a lunch. I go in streaks where I remember, and when I don't, I rely on my drawer. When it is bare, I eat very expensively, or skip lunch, which then sends my blood sugar crashing. If you work outside the house, what are your tricks for meals, snacks, and beverages during your day?
Merely tangentially related, I follow a slew of Londoners on Twitter, like the Londonist that posts cool free and low cost things to do in London. If you live in or near London, please tell me you do these cool things! Did you know there is a coffee house that does free classes on how to make coffee cup art? I would love to take a class to turn my cup of Joe into a milky swirly topped creation. I haven't found a Minneapolist site yet.