It’s the freakin’ weekend baby, I’m ’bout to have me some FUN! Ahh… that song brings me back to freshmen year of college spring break in Key West… Good Times!
Yesterday’s French Toast Banana Wonderful certainly did it’s job. I was full until about 1:30pm, which is just unheard of for me. Around 12:30pm I decided that lunch would be spaghetti squash, and since it can take 45 minutes-1 hour to cook, I’d go ahead and stick it in the oven. I poked lots of holes, set the oven to 350 degrees, stuck it in the oven, and then
Set It & Forget It!
Can you name that infomercial?
Anyways, ‘forget it’ I did. I got back to work, then my best friend called (Hi Christen!) and we got to talking…
A little while later, TWO HOURS to be exact, my stomach was growling and then it dawned on me…
But guess what, spaghetti squash can cook for two hours and still be perfectly delicious
I had about 2 bowls. It was delish!
Dinner was messy. I made a 1/2 whole wheat 1/2 regular flour pizza dough and let it rise.
After letting the dough sit in the dark & rise for 2 hours, it was time to make dinner. Unfortunately it was at the same time that Hubbs decided to brew his next batch of beer. This resulted in what looked like a bomb going off in our kitchen.
But the brewmaster took a quick break to help roll out the dough. He was a little enthusiastic with the flour, dontcha think?
topped it with fresh mozzarella and baked it… finally… dinner!
After dinner, Koda was exhausted from all the commotion…
This morning is/was gorgeous out, so I enjoyed breakfast out on the porch while Koda played with Jessie, her black lab friend from down the street.
I found it really interesting reading Tina’s post on personal finances the other day. I guess since personal finance is such a sensitive topic, I don’t hear a lot about how other people manage it.
Hubbs and I combine everything. I think I may lose my mind with 6 banking accounts like Tina & her husband do, but that’s why it’s important to figure out what works for you.
I think combining works for us because we have very similar spending habits. Actually, we have similar Non-Spending habits. We don’t shop for clothes (we’re both not all that fashionable ;)), we don’t buy a lot of gadgets or odds and ends.
Our monthly budget usually includes categories:
mortgage (the necessary evil!)
bills (because I need AC when I sleep)
gas (Hubbs has quite the commute!)
grocery (my FAVORITE category)
eating out (because it’s fun)
gifts (weddings, showers, etc… we have a lot of friends with life events to celebrate :))
vacation (we don’t vacation every month, but when we do, we plan for it)
A lot of people worry that combining all the money means we have to “ask” each other for permission to buy something. Luckily I don’t feel that way at all. If I really need new shoes, I’ll go buy them- no biggie. But on bigger decisions, like my new iPhone or a shotgun for Hubbs, we talk about it first. Not to ask permission, but just because we like to keep communication open and think it’s important for us to both be well aware of where we stand financially.
I find it so much easier that all the bills are paid from one account. We can look pretty quickly and see how much cash we have. Nothing gets lost in the shuffle between multiple accounts.
Although Hubbs naturally has more financial know-how than I do, I think it is important for me to be aware of and understand all our numbers, too… our mortgage rate, monthly payments, retirement accounts, stocks (I’m still working on understanding this category!), etc.
I realize this last part of the post had nothing to do with food, but consider it a discussion around living a healthy financial lifestyle.
Overall, I agree with Tina. Do what works for you.
If you are married, do you keep money separate, or combine it?
If you aren’t married, do you think you will want to combine incomes or keep them separate?
Happy Weekend Everyone!