Hey! All you adults out there! Do you budget? No, it isn’t some new-fangled slang term that means something weird or sexual. It is just a straight up budget, a spending plan, so to speak. Since the age of 23, give or take five years, I have had my fair share of budgeted living and Excel spreadsheets shoved in my face about what I earn and how I spend.
Spoiler alert: One of those is way higher than the other one, and it isn’t my income.
My parents always said I had/have champagne taste on a beer budget. It is true. I won’t skirt away from the issue. Now with a toddler in our possession and care plus the fact we are saving for a house yeah, this whole spreadsheet life is back.
Let me tell you guys, it is hard! I have to purchase food for the fam and try and buy food to make for the blog and then plan out what is for dinner. Way too much thinking and planning. I am not a planner. I am more of a worrier, after the fact, kind of person. And also, Andy is outgrowing 12-18 month clothes so he needs some new threads, and golly are kids clothes sooooo cute. Why do designers do this to us poor moms???
Last week was the week before a pay period, or what we like to call “lean week” in our house. I really didn’t prepare very well because the last shopping trip was right before we would be out of town for two nights so my pantry was sparsely stocked. Last week’s dinners turned into dinner on a dime which was basically me scrimping together everything in my freezer and pantry to make interesting dinners.
I made this breakfast fried rice one night, the next night was breakfast for dinner, then minestrone soup, and then chili, aaaannnnddd then leftover chili again. Thank god for canned goods and dried beans. They really helped me make it to payday!
This is the chili recipe I make on the reg. I honestly feel weird putting measurements on the spices because I literally change them up every time I make this. I add more spice when it is just me and Mike or less if Andy gets to have some of the veggies. Also feel free to swap out beef for chicken or turkey. This recipe is very versatile and can help you through all the fun that is involved in living a budgeted, adultified life!