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The $20 limit

December 23rd, 2011 at 02:27 pm

I have stuck to the $20 limit on groceries for two weeks now. This week was especially challenging. I needed fish oil, and I got a good deal, 2 bottles for the price of one, $11. I also had to get two spices for the cornbread stuffing I made -- they were expensive, but luckily, both were on sale -- sage $4, and thyme $3. $2 for celery brought me up to $19, so it was no wine this week! Maybe I'll get some for Christmas.

Don't worry, I have lots of food at home. When I really start eating my way through my stockpile the $20 limit will be even more of a challenge.

I also bought $100 worth of gift cards, and Christmas shopping is DONE!

Tonight after work I head up to my sons' houses for the weekend. Only a 40-minute drive in usual traffic, but I fear tonight it will be a lot worse. I hope I can leave work early. I'm going to go home at lunch and pack my bags, and pack the car. I have a LOT of gifts. Perhaps I overdid it. I have such a hard time with Christmas, knowing where to draw the line.

I should hate Christmas anyway. My husband left me at Christmas, my mother died on Christmas Day, my brother died on New Year's Day, I broke my ankle two weeks before Christmas ... it seems like a doomed holiday for me. I still enjoy the season, but sad memories are dredged up at the same time. I'm always glad when it's over. I like the feel of a fresh start after all the stuff is packed away again.

4 Responses to “The $20 limit”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I think you are doing great to enjoy the holiday despite those things that have happened to you at this time of year. Great attitude!

  2. CCraw Says:

    Great job on the grocery challenge CB! This time of year can be tough for many people, it's great that you can enjoy it despite the sad memories/circumstances! Have a safe and enjoyable Holiday season!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Good job on the grocery challenge! I am sorry Christmas brings back such hurtful memories. You do well trying to keep a positive attitude.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Thank you for your kind thoughts! Most of these sad things happened a long time ago, so it's just kind of a hazy sadness now, just kind of grabs me every now and then. Overall, I still love Christmas.

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