So, I set a goal for this month to cook everything from scratch for one week. This has turned out to be really stupid goal.
It sounded OK when I wrote it down. Yeah, just don’t eat chicken fingers or canned soups! Easy!
Then I start planning and I realized that we use a lot of convenience food, as well as the fact that I didn’t define the boundaries of “cooking from scratch” very well.
Do crackers count? Who makes crackers from scratch? What about cereal? Can we buy pre-sliced steak strips for our burritos, or do we have to buy actual steaks and cut them down (this is not hard, by the way)? And what about chicken stock, or pasta, or hot chocolate with marshmallows? Can we not go out to eat at all?
Every time I had to question whether or not I could use pre-chopped nuts in homemade granola or if I could drink a beer with dinner, I wanted the answer to be, “this is OK.” My having an opinion, however, meant that the answer was suspect. Of course it’s OK, because otherwise I have to try again tomorrow!
This is actually why I do very well with money and with engineering. Numbers don’t lie, and they’re rarely vague. If I spend $100 on a trip, that’s $100 that doesn’t go to savings. Steel is stronger than bubblegum.
Of course, as Stacking Pennies noted earlier this year, you really should set goals you care about. Maybe that was my problem all along.