Craig and I have decided we’re going to Charlie Bucket it this month & next. What is Charlie Bucket you ask?
Well, do you remember in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the main character was Charlie Bucket and his mom was always cooking up cabbage soup, as that’s all there was to eat? They just made do with what they had, no matter how meager or ultimately disgusting (ew! cabbage!) it was.
When we want to save a lot of money fast for some big purchase or expenditure, or even just to get more ahead, we “Charlie Bucket,” meaning we live as meagerly as we can, and cut out the extras such as dining out, renting movies, going out, that sort of thing. No extravagancies or frivolous spending. We live as cheaply as we can. We make a game out of it to see how well we can do, and it makes it a lot more fun than it sounds.
We spend as little as we possibly can on groceries, buying only the basics we need-no “wants”, and we cut more off our bill by clipping coupons and returning deposits. Last night, we grocery shopped and saved about $16 just in deposits alone.
Usually during the kickoff of Charlie Bucket, I’ll make a roast chicken for dinner one night, and then use the remaining corpse to make a HUGE pot of chicken soup, which we will proceed to live off of for the next week. Usually, by the end of the week, we are so seriously sick of chicken soup, we just can’t eat it anymore.
While normally Charlie Bucket is a 2-4 week venture, we’ve got some stuff coming up this summer that we’d like the extra money for, so we’ve decided to Bucket for 2 months. We’ve decided to make an exception for Spidey 3 this weekend at IMAX, but that’s it.
For dinner tonight, we’re having turkey kielbasa on the grill, Wegmans Mac & Cheese (3 for $.99!!), and tossed salad. Tomorrow, we’re having pasta and salad. Saturday night, tacos. Sunday, I dunno-if it’s nice out, maybe grilled chicken cutlets with salad & baked potato. If it’s cold, grilled cheese & New England clam chowder.
Doesn’t sound bad so far, does it?
Next week, Craig goes to Boston, so I’ll be on my own. That following weekend we’ll get hardcore, cooking a roast chicken on Saturday, with chicken soup for the rest of the week.
That’s just the way we roll.