Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hating to Spend Money

Let me preface this by saying that I don't really like saving money either. Hubby and I often debate the merits of Roths and 401Ks and how much we really should be putting into a volatile, unsure investment like those (can you tell how I feel?) I am all for saving for retirement to sustain ourselves in our old age, but I'd rather spend fun money now - and after all what's happened in the market I don't trust that in 25 years that our 401K will be great. It could be, but it's a risk.

Eating well has some financial drawbacks. With blueberries sometimes $3.00 a pint (which is 2 servings) our groceries bills have gone up a bit. A box of LIttle Debbie Oatmeal Pies, which is half the price, goes a LOT farther. Can we see how growing up in a single parent, blue collar family could cause weight gain? The stuff that is crap is cheap, the good stuff expensive! Fish can be $10-15 per pound! I hate the price, love the fish!!

I am trying to plan our 8th anniversary get away. We are planning to go to San Francisco. I am having trouble at the cost though...the plane tickets and the hotel rooms. Geez Louise! I forgot how expensive hotels in a major city are. The Best Western was $250 per night. I REFUSE to pay that for a place to lay my head. However, I am also a bit of a hotel snob so I won't stay in any place that looks like it could be or recently has been infested with any type of bugs.

I think we decided on a bed and breakfast in Nob Hill. We are taking the smallest room and have to share a bathroom in the hall but that was only $138 a night. But it does have a hot tub!! :)

If all continues to go well with my weight loss, we are looking at trying to have a baby starting next spring. By then I should be well under 200 lbs and would feel safer getting pregnant, especially at my old age (I'll be 37 in September)

We have the money to go, but having gone through over a year of paying 2 mortgages because our first house wouldn't sell, then having that house go into foreclosure because it couldn't even sell for LESS than half of what we paid for it...just makes me money shy I guess.

But at least with the food I'm getting better...I try to buy what's on sale in the fruits and vegetables but occasionally I've got to splurge and buy the expensive stuff. My body deserves it. I think when I read "French Women Don't Get Fat" it talked about how Europeans spend more of their budget on food and eat higher quality stuff (which tastes better). I'm trying to do this. '

Anyhow, Happy Thursday!


  1. Yeah, good food is terribly expensive. That's why I stick with my standard lunch/snack bites... apples are always cheap around here, and so are (organic) carrots and cucumbers. It gets a little boring sometimes, but we have to get along on 100.-€ per week, including food, general household items (you know, toilet paper and such) and the cat stuff. Right now I am dangling a treat (ice cream) in front of my nose for the weekend, since we're all spent this week! (We won't go hungry, though, I only go out 1-2 times per week for groceries.)

    Enjoy your anniversary!

  2. Oh my gosh, tell me about it. Travel & food are crazy. Next year in the Fall we are planning on our 10th anniversary at Disney, and those prices are making me sick. Groceries are insane, I have to plan our meals out by the week to make sure it won't cost an arm and a leg. I feel ya girl.