When Mark and I first got married there was no budget. The credit card would magically get paid every month, but we were saving absolutely nothing. Finally we got it together and put ourselves on a budget. Mark was reminiscing about those days the other day.
We used to have so many good meats! Ribeye, tri-tip, little smokies! Every week we would have so many good meats. Now we never get meats. – Mark
It’s true. We really don’t get that many meats anymore. But that is probably a good budget and health issue. But when we don’t have a variety of meats and a picky husband, there are limits to the Ziesel dinner menus. (Ok- My penchant for 5 ingredient or less easy meals may have something to do with that too!)
You have to understand the extent to which Mark is picky. The other day we visited a new grocery store. He asked if they had macaroni and cheese. I said yes, but upon further questioning was forced to admit it was generic brand. He will have nothing of the sort! Not only must it be Kraft, but it must also be Extreme Cheese Explosion. Yeah, picky.
Sadly, his aversion to generic extends to one of my favorites, Trader Joe’s. Mark is skeptical of both the Trader Joe’s brand itself, and also the fact that the food may or may not be healthy or have vegetables in it.
But yesterday I paid a long overdue visit to Trader Joe’s and found some treats that I think will change Mark’s mind. Plus I forgot how amazingly cheap everything is! And I think I found a way for him to get his meats back! And that is Trader Joes!
I got two full bags of food for just $27. And two rib-eyes. So we will see if a delicious Trader Joe’s meal can convince Mark that sometimes generic is a good idea- especially if it means he gets more of the meats he loves!