Sunday Spending: Learning From You
On my one year blog-o-versary, I asked you, my peoples, for some input. Input which you so kindly provided. You’re an obliging bunch, you are. (Thank you. And I’m going to ask for a little more.) My Sunday Spending posts came up the most, as a “What do you wish I’d drop already?” response. The grocery posts are hard for me. Hard Sunday night timing wise. Hard putting it all out to the world wise. Hard continually making progress and having something to show you wise. So, I was a little tickled at the prospect of dropping them, and you’all being tickety boo with that.
Yet, here I am. On a Sunday. With a picture of my groceries. Again. Because, I am incapable of going quietly into that good night. Everyone needs a little closure. Even groceries.
The feedback I got was that some of you don’t relate to my grocery challenges. Because you live in a different area, you have dietary restrictions, and not shopping big box is not an option. My monster budget and sacred cows are not helpful. Even those of you that are simpatico, want to see me striving for change. Balancing my concerns for uber local, organic, ethical, with that fake budget. I get that. Honestly, that was my intention when I started these posts. Forced change via public humiliation. Telling the world I spend $750 on food, with any sort of ‘frugal’ label in there, I thought there’d be an uproar. But, not so much. If most of you can’t even fathom that total, what you can get is the juggling concerns. The constant negotiation. The calculated choices.
Ever since The Return, I’ve had the luxury of swinging the pendulum to the conscientious consumerism and cost extreme. Of putting my money where my mouth is, and having a budget that reflects that. This isn’t sustainable. Not with
the life I want to live. Now, as I’m anxious to shrug off the corporate yoke (again), I need to bring things a little closer to center. That probably doesn’t involve WalMart or other retailers who shall not be named. Maybe it involves you.
When I read about your concerns, about your restrictions, about your own juggling, I thought to myself “I’d like to hear more of that”. I want to continue to hear from you. I’ll cut down on Sunday Spending. But, I’m not going to eliminate it entirely. I’d like our conversation to keep going. The only way for that to happen is for me to keep writing about it. Although our circumstances may be different, you may wince at the prices I pay, I implore you to call me on it, to tell me how you do it differently and why. Thanks in advance.
P.S. Our yearly half cow is getting delivered today. We are just eating the last of the stew meat from last year’s cow. Last year’s cow that was $5.95/lb. This years, lacking organic certification due to the butcher, but grass fed and finished, $3.75/lb. Boo-Ya!