Well, ok, maybe it is a kinda big change, but really? I'm pretty much doing this already, and just haven't added it. I'm going to try to make this more "fair", and I think by limiting things like this, might come a bit closer to by budget.
What am I changing?
I'm adding one official "cheat" each week.
Bag of chips, meal out, chocolate bar, pint of coconut milk ice cream, that vegan cupcake they sell at whole foods that's the size of my head, whatever.
It just has to either be a single item, or a single meal. So 1 bag of chips, or cupcake, or combo at the falafel shop. Not "a bag of groceries". I want to further limit it to being something that's eaten by itself if I bring it home- so choco or ice cream, but not "cheese" or "meatballs", so it's like a tasty luxe splurge, rather than really "cheating" on what I can make on this budget.
I think "allowing" myself to cheat, within a set system, will cut back on the actual cheating itself, and, with the reward available, I should end up cooking more... Not so much endless slog, more "w00t, I had a break, how can I do that at home cheap and easy".
Related to that, I cheated yesterday. I was at the mall, filling out applications (and looking for jeans- the great extra-super long jean hunt has begun... again...) when, on my way out, I saw it- the gyro shop.
They had falafel. I *like* falafel.
I'm not even going to pretend I hesitated. i thought about it for all of 2 seconds before i was at the counter, ordering tasty falafel pita.
Ok, it wasn't the tastiest falafel pita I've ever had, but what can you expect from a place in the mall with two Mexican guys and a Korean dude working behind the counter? But... I didn't have to cook it, and other than being a bit bland, it wasn't bad.
In other news, I ended up frying half a sweet potato (the other half had gone strangely woody), with half an onion and most of a head of garlic for breakfast yesterday. It was yummy, but I definitely prefer my garlic roasted. I'm trying to find the perfect balancing point of garlic consumption. Somewhere the mosquitoes don't want to eat me, but less than the point at which I'm barred from entering public establishments. I don't think such a sweet spot exists, but I'm trying.
Also, I have the code monkey song stuck it my head. It makes me want Fritos. And geeky code-monkey types. Should have moved to San Jose....