I’ve mentioned before that I’m very conservative with money. Okay, I’m borderline cheap.
I find that I’m really cheap because I want to make sure my money has value. I hate wasting money. And I don’t run around spending money in a crazy way because, rent has to be paid!
So if I’m not getting a value for my money, I’m hesitant to spend it.
Case in point: food.
I love restaurants with big portion sizes because I know I’m getting a lot for my money. This could mean a gorge-fest for $9.99 or leftovers, aka two meals for the price of one.
Large portion sizes, plus my cheap nature, are a lethal combo for me.
Sometimes my brain cannot distinguish when I should stop eating or it won’t automatically tell me to cut the meal in half for leftovers. And this leads to yummy leftovers or my stomach so full I could nap for two days. I hate that awful feeling but sometimes, I can’t stop myself.
I don’t seem to know when enough is enough.
It’s a sick mentality. I even sometimes feel cheated when there isn’t enough food for me to take home because it’s a properly portioned and balanced meal.
For example, last week we went to Blackbird for Chef’s Week and had a lovely meal. Yet for my money I felt almost a little cheated because it wasn’t heaping platefuls of food. It was a good size serving and I was full and satisfied after, without feeling like I needed to puke. And I felt…cheated? That is seriously wrong.
I’ve battled this for a while, trying to savor and enjoy food rather than shovel it in as fast as I can so I can be off to the next thing. I grew up a fast eater and I’m still that way now. I even still struggle with making healthy food choices because it may cost a bit more whereas fast food is, well fast and cheap.
Since I’ve started Kitchen Adventures here, my grocery bill has gone up a bit, collecting ingredients for my pantry and trying new foods and recipes. I love it, but a little part of my head is like, “your grocery bill IS GOING UP, how much longer are we doing this?”
I have no idea what prompted this post, maybe a mix of jeans being snug this weekend and Jamie Oliver’s ABC show.
I don’t really even know if I have a question to ask everyone. So tell me if you have struggled with portion control or how you rationalize the increase in your grocery bill for healthy foods. Heck, even if you have had trouble making healthy choices when dining out or grabbing food on the go!
New movie review is up: Alice in Wonderland in 3D. YES! (Note: I’ll be calculating the Macy’s giveaway entries this week and will post the winner shortly!)