Day 23: Reality sets in
My whole plan to spend a month on minimalism and my diet seems to come to a screeching halt. This is what happened last month when I did the Minimalist Games challenge; I got a few days behind, and then had to play catch up. But I had a calendar to mark and a pretty specific task to complete (find a certain number of items to de-own), so I just spent some time catching up, and then it was all good.
This month is different; I’m not really sure how to play catch up.
Since my car died and had to be replaced, I’ve been in a bit of a bad mood. My new car payment is now eating into my food budget. Admittedly, I had raised my food budget while living here and blamed that mostly on higher food tax and a husband with food allergies, but part of it was sheer laziness. It’s easier to keep my family fed it I don’t have to worry every single week about spending the least amount possible on food.
Plus, I work in food, and I keep telling myself I’m going to make enough money to cover larger and larger Q shipments, but in reality…that’s not happening consistently, so I need to just get over myself and lower my food budget again.
I WILL say that having to keep things cheap has also forced me to keep food more simple, which means I’m less overwhelmed by it all. I don’t have to spend much time in the kitchen, and because of my freeze-dried foods, I don’t have to do much prep work. So most of the time I can just throw something together and let it cook while I do dishes, and then it’s all done at once. Works wonderfully.
Ok. I’m going to take a deep breath and hit the reset button for this last week. It’s time to de-clutter my meal planning process and my pantry, and keep the contentment going.