Thursday, November 08, 2012
I take care of the menu, the cooking and the shopping. I have a system that involves sales, produce, recipe searches and takes a good portion of my Saturday. I ENJOY THIS. My husband has decided that he gets to come, to see where we can save money. I am not looking forward to him approving each purchase, and arguing over ever decision, which is what this will turn into. He has determined that I need to slash the budget in half. I feed three teenagers, one who goes through a gallon of milk a day. I am not reducing our milk and produce consumption. I am not going to buy pre-processed crap to save money. I did suggest that we could stop buying beer, and coffee singles for him. He wants me and the princess to switch to generic lipton tea that he bought in bulk and is now stale, instead of the good tea we can only buy at Safeway. He is anti safeway, even though I shop the sales, and usually save about 20%, and earn gas points which helps as I am fueling three vehicles, and that also comes out of the grocery bill. He wants to shop at grocery outlet and wal mart. I hate Wal mart. It's dirty, and the produce has to travel from Mexico to Washington state. He is not going to let me buy organic. I am going to go call him names will I drive around town and get these weeks flyer's so I can shop the sales. It's not that I don't understand we need to save money. I get that, I really do, and I am aware that my recent job switch costs us $200 a paycheck. But I need some creative cooperative brainstorming, not Gestapo dictator tactics.
So, it's 2;30, two hours into our shopping experiment. I printed the list, the coupons and menu, and then it was off to the first of three stores. Not so bad, he doesn't linger or wait while I say hello to the same people I see everyweek doing the same thing, but he didnt rush me, either. He questioned a few things, but I usually said " it's the healthier version" or "I eat it at work." He would sigh when I would double check a price, or bring out the calculator to check something. I didn't complain when he put the three bulk sizes of frozen potatoes, because they will eat them, and it will last us a month. We have finished the three stores, with two left. It was a bit more than normal. He is in sticker shock. "How could it cost so much?" I ask him if he thought I was being frivolous, or wasting money, and he said no, so i asked him what the point of this exercise was, and he said he just needed to learn how much things cost. His theory is that it's the weeknight quick stops that due the budget in, but those are limited to milk and fresh produce and little things that the kids need through out the week. I am now going to go to safeway and get the rest of the stuff, and the bread store by myself. I don't think he enjoyed himself and probably wont do it again.