Basically we had a little too much fun the first week, and forgot that the money could actually run out. Whoops!
I was basically out of money, and I still had 5 days left until the next budget cycle . Ok...not a big deal...I always have food that I can stretch out (beans, potatoes and rice alone will last five days) But then I remembered...it was my snack week at the Montessori school! Every 8 weeks I am responsible for providing a healthy/organic snack for 8. WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE THIS WEEK!?!
Normally I would pick up some brown rice cakes and a bag of organic oranges, or something similar...but here in Alaska that's $10...and I need 3 days worth of snacks!! AND I HAVE $4!!
This is a very new thing for me. If you don't have the cash, just put it on the credit card...right?
(You can see why we had to switch to a cash system)
Not this time.
I don't do that anymore.
Day 1: Banana Bread with walnuts and sliced strawberries. (fruit goes a lot further when sliced!)
Day 2: Chocolate Quinioa Banana Bread with carob chips and sliced apples (again, 4 apples for 8 kids when sliced!)
Day 3: Loaf of whole wheat bread, sliced pepperjack cheese and sliced apples (only 3 apples left this time, oh well, they'll live)
BAM! I'm still sitting on that $4. Thankfully we replenished the budget money on the 3rd snack day, so now we're good again. And from this I learned two important lessons...
1) I STILL spend more than I need to. This was a great lesson/reminder that I still need to slow down and look around before I head to the store to buy something I don't need.
2) So many people in this world don't have enough money to buy food. I have NO right to complain. (To be fair, I wasn't complaining) But still, I have plenty of food. So for me, it was a reminder to be thankful for what I have, and to think about all of those people who really don't have the money to buy what they need.
If there were karate-like belts for staying on budget, I think this week would have been like chopping through all the boards. I have definitely earned my next belt...I pick teal. Yes...I am a hardcore budget gal...and I have a teal belt to show for it. (Not really, that would cost money!)