It’s going to be a slow blogging week — I have two short trips coming up later this week/early next week, so not only won’t I be around much, but my end-of-July post will be several days late, most likely. (Not that anyone cares that much! 🙂
I also had a guest this past weekend, and since we have mutual college friends that live here, not only did me and my friend go out to eat twice, but we also bought food so we could have our friends over for dinner. And even though all this pushed me over budget for the month, and I’m having some mental trouble with that, I think I need to relax.
The two meals out were about as inexpensive as possible: we had pupusas on Friday night for less than $10 for both of us (I paid) and breakfast at a diner on Saturday morning for somewhere between $10 and $15 (she paid…and omg, as I write this, I’m realizing that I was still sleep-deprived enough that I forgot to leave a tip on the table, as I’d promised to do when she went up to pay the bill. Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeez. Sorry, waitresses.) So, even though if I’d been on my own I would have eaten both meals for ‘free’ at home, eh, I can’t get too worked up.
The shopping trip for dinner is the one that broke the budget. Between the farmer’s market and the grocery store I spent $100 (!!!! — nb, not everything was just for the one dinner, some of it was pantry stuff and household stuff I needed for the future. But it was kind of an unfortunate amount anyway.)
I’m not really sure how I’m going to handle this in the future. Right now I’m handling cooking for others on a budget by doing it less, instead of by finding less expensive ways to do it; it just seems wrong to have people over and not feed them something interesting and made with high-quality fresh produce 🙂 Plus, when you’re cooking for more than one, quantity issues come into play. The title of my post started off as having decided that I did put a priority on not being overly “cheap” — as obsessed with money as I am lately, I don’t want to get so obsessed that I stop having people over, you know? But as I type, I’m feeling like I ought to spend more time thinking about how to really cut those expenses down. Like, could I make a pasta dish with vegetables and cheese instead of the four kinds of middle eastern salads I made on Saturday night! I don’t know. Deserves more thought, I guess.