What is your budget challenge?

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What is your budget challenge?
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Wed, 10-20-2010 - 3:29pm

My challenge is

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Wed, 10-20-2010 - 5:42pm

If you're not going to argue with him, I won't give you amunition for that. However, $7 for fast food is a little pricey. Could you talk to him about taking a drink with him? He could leave it in the car (though he could leave his lunch in the car, lol). Then he could try to be more conscious of the amount he's spending. For example, he could go to McD's and get 2 sandwiches and a fry for less than $4. It seems petty at $3/day - but $3/day is $15/week or almost $800/year!


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Wed, 10-20-2010 - 7:45pm

I think your dh needs to meet you in the middle here. Why is he so paranoid about someone tampering with his lunch? Maybe he shouldn't tick people off? lol He can take a nice lunch, and then leave it in the car in a cooler. He works nights, it's not gonna spoil in the heat of the day that way. Heck, he's mgmt, he can take 10 extra minutes for lunch if he needs to, to go get his food from the car!

My biggest budget challenge is a serious lack of money. I'm almost done with school, and we've been pretty much living on student loans. As time has gone by, I've gotten a little more lax with what I'm willing to spend and on what. I'm so sick of telling my kids they can't have something that matters to them because I don't wanna spend money I borrowed. They only get to be kids once! So I'll get the dress and shoes for homecoming, she just can't get the expensive stuff. Good thing my dd is good with just looking great, and not into how high the price tag is, she's more than willing to buy something used if it looks terrific!

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Fri, 10-22-2010 - 9:18am

Can't he just bring

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Fri, 10-22-2010 - 12:00pm

I have two big ones

first my dh is not into frugal mode I mean once he has money it is gone within days so I try and be reasonable enough is I have him

Becky
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Fri, 10-22-2010 - 6:40pm

Maybe in my previous post, I seemed to be annoyed that my DH eats out. I am in no way annoyed with him. I absolutely understand what he is saying. The other day while out shopping I stopped at McDonalds (I eat there maybe once a year) for the Big Mac combo - lg drink it was $7.15! I thought that was insane for crap food like McDonalds. My DH tries to eat at healthier places choosing grilled chicken and salad over most other types of fast food.

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Sun, 10-24-2010 - 9:16am

7$ is a lot for a lunch.

 

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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 7:57pm

Carolwood is right in her caclulations.

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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 11:38pm

I think the topic I started got a bit off kilter. I wasn't asking what to do about this expense. I totally accept this expense. I was asking all of you what your budget challenges are. I consider this a cost of working, just the same as the Mom's that pull into McDonalds for dinner or buy hot pockets and juice boxes for lunches. We all spend our money differently, I guess it's easier to solve someone else's challenge than to look at our own challenges.

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Fri, 11-05-2010 - 11:47am
I think that you are right, it is easier to solve someone else's problem. At the same time, you can look at it like this, you posted a problem that you have accepted, but others also have and are trying to deal with. Perhaps the suggestions made here aren't really for you (yet or ever) but someone else IS having the same issue, either the spouse is eating out too much or they are doing it themselves, and haven't quite figured out how to overcome this hurdle. Does that make sense?

For your family, this is just a cost of working. For my son, on the other hand, who barely makes any money, he also eats out every single day for lunch. 2 days after pay day, he has NO money, and is usually also out of gas. The eating out itself isn't the problem. The real problem there is a budgeting issue. But it's a real problem in that marriage that she can't figure out how to solve. Perhaps if she read this thread, if she was a lurker, she'd see some real life solutions that might apply in her life.

For the record, my budget challenge remains the same, not enough money. There isn't a thing in the world I can do about that yet, but soon, very soon, I will be licensed and able to work and then, I'll have a completely different budget issue. I'm sure I'll post about it when it crops up.
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Sat, 11-06-2010 - 11:14am

I'm sorry,

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