I mentioned last week that I had not been cooking very often lately. I feel like this is a habit I am on the brink of losing or may have even lost already. It feels like a chore to find time to go to the supermarket. It feels like a chore to dedicate an hour to cooking. At the same time, once I start doing these things, they’re not bad at all, maybe even enjoyable. In contrast to exercising, a habit that has come incredibly naturally this year, I am fighting to keep this cooking habit alive.
To increase my accountability, I have a new graph. It’s not quite where I want it but I have to balance the amount of time I spend on making these things. I’m hoping that showing this graph will have a positive effect on my cooking habit and my budgeting, two things that I believe are connected. The idea is that if I eat out instead of cooking, that will be obvious in my spending. This is the first week’s progress.
So, looking at this, can you tell which days are my cooking days? Well, actually I ate home cooked food on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. I also bought meals on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I received free meals from work on Tuesday and Friday, which is not a normal thing. I’m not sure if this graph does anything for my cooking accountability. You can’t really tell where I ate cooked meals because they’re just sprinkled in with meals that I bought each day as well. I do like this for my budget though. Seeing those low days feels good. The total spend for the week was $98.52, which is actually on track for my $400 a month goal. It’s just one data point for now, but it proves that I can even eat out a bit and still meet my goal if I am conscious of cost.
Because it’s hard to really see how much I cooked in the previous graph, Hiro helped me come up with this one. Google automatically made the “bought” category red which is nice. I can antagonize it immediately. So, a lot of the meals I bought last week were actually breakfast at Dunkin Donuts. They have an awesome two croissant bacon, egg, and cheese deal for $5.30. I found myself extremely hungry in the mornings last week so I got breakfast three days out of the week. However, on Thursday I was so full that I didn’t even eat lunch so that was the only spending I did that day. Tracking this stuff is weird because the Dunkin deal is actually cheaper than my average cooked meal cost at $7.25. And that’s the chicken cost. That number is gonna increase if it’s steak. I’m not sure if I should be trying to bring the grocery price down or if the Dunkin deal is just stupid good. Anyways, that’s it for this trial run for the new format. Let me know what you guys think.