Foundations Friday: Day 1-Lobster on a Fish Stick Budget
September 29, 2018
As part of her high school education, my daughter is taking the Dave Ramsey Foundations Course specifically for homeschool children.
A homeschool mom friend is guiding her and a small group of her friends through the course.
A couple of other moms and I get to sit in the course. It is amazing the things we are learning along with our children. We can't stress enough how much we wished we had this invaluable information as part of our education as while we were growing up. A course like this should really be required for all high school children. It truly is a life skill.
We have all heard about Dave's cash envelope system: put cash in designated envelopes for certain expenses. Then only use that amount until your next payday. If you run out, you run out. I was intrigued but never enough to figure out how to implement the system.
I'm glad I never just jumped in without getting a feel of what to do. Armed with a little knowledge, the moms in our group have decided on a set amount we will start with for a week of groceries and see if we can reduce it from there.
We started today. Well, I was supposed to start yesterday but just started today. I'm sort of conditioned to getting something to go on a payday. That would have come out of our weekly food allowance. I didn't want to blow it on Day 1!
I went to H-E-B, our local grocery store. I had been wanting some type of seafood for a while. I spent literally about 15 minutes trying to figure out what would be best for the newly implemented budget.
BTW: I had a substantial snack while there. Not pictured are the samples of coconut shrimp, queso, bacon guacamole and tortillas.
I decided to go with a steamed lobster. Although it was $23, I knew what I wanted to make-stuffed mushrooms- and knew that I had most of the ingredients I needed at home already. This is a great time to start using what we had in the fridge already. I just had to buy a couple of packs of portabello mushrooms, a $2 box of flavored rice and one onion.
I was able to make 4 large stuffed mushrooms with the stuffing that I added the lobster meat to. I served the rice and no veggies on the side since the stuffing had onions, celery, red bell pepper and more mushrooms.
That's melted provolone on top, y'all.
It was quite filling. I had a hard time finishing my mushroom and left some rice behind.
It was a classy enough dish to be served at a restaurant. My husband told me so. I really wanted to make some garlic cheddar biscuits. I had all of the ingredients except cheese so I skipped it.
The HSM (homeschool moms) and I discussed the different challenges we've already been presented with on Day 1, but we know that it will take some practice and effort. We'll eventually get the hang of it.
Stay tuned as we navigate through this new budgeting journey.