Sunday, September 21, 2008

Zoloft. Zinfandel. What's the difference?

Me: "We really need to sit down and make out a strict budget and stick to it. Things are so expensive right now."

Him: "Fine with me. What were you thinking?"

Me: "Well, for instance, we really need to put aside a certain dollar amount for things like kids clothes. They're both growing like crazy it's hard to keep up. I'm just glad that C.C. can wear most of Chicky's old baby clothes."

Him (nodding but barely listening): "Mmm hmmm."

Me: "And we need to be tough on how much money we spend on wine. No more stopping on the way home from work and picking up a random bottle. We need to be tough about that. I think wine should fall under 'Entertainment'."

Him (perking up): "Can't we put that under 'Medication'? I mean, that's what it is, isn't it??"

Me: "You know I'm totally going to blog that, right?"

Him (lost in thought): "I wonder if we can leverage my Flexible Spending Account for that?"


SciFi Dad said...

Theoretically, if medicinal marijuana would be covered because of the possession of a prescription, all you need to do is get your doctor to write you a note for a case of merlot.

Note to self: see if Doc will write up a script for Rockstar with Vodka for after the baby arrives.

d e v a n said...

haha! I'd put it under medication too. ;)

Mags said...

I need my wine with my whine. I hope it falls under the medicinal category!!!

Heather said...

I like the way he thinks.

Mandy said...

Um, entertainment? We list wine right up there after milk and before cheese.

kittenpie said...

Yes, I think medication makes it seem much more required. Plus, if you're trimming budget, you're unlikely to try and scrimp on medications, right> I mean, that is not optional.

Anonymous said...

More like the 'totally necessary for survival' catergory. Like chocolate. And cheese.

Anonymous said...

You just need to think more in bulk terms.

A random bottle? a puny 750 mls? You can get a box with 5 liters in it for the same price!!!

Anonymous said...

I like the way ree thinks. Just not a fan of the ummmm boxed and bladder bagged wine varieties...hehe. I hope the Flexible Spending Account is that flexible.

carrie said...

Yes, wine belongs in the 'necessities' department for sure.

You can cut back on lettuce, it really has no value anyway.

mamatulip said...

I think it falls under both categories.

motherbumper said...

Cut the feet off the freakin' tights, call them Lindsay-Lohan-inspired leggings for Chicky and reward thrifty self with case of merlot. Problem solved, budget preserved.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

What about gallon jugs of boxed wine? Or, just turn the thermostat down this winter, throw an extra layer of clothes on the kids, and warm yourself with a nice bottle of red. Sounds like you just need to reallocate more dollars to 'entertainment'. ; )

Anonymous said...

I put wine up there with Oxygen... its a non-negotiable in our house. And you need to have both types on hand at all times!

Major Bedhead said...

One does not mess with the alcohol fund. It's practically required. And just think, pretty soon, wine will be less expensive that the oil that will be needed to heat your house. Actually, it probably is already cheaper.

I wonder if I can get That Canadian Boy I Married to convert our heating system to a wine-based one....

BOSSY said...

Bossy is all into budgeting, but unhand her bottle. Fer chrissake.

Issa said...

Laughing out loud at your husband. Oh how I miss wine. In my world, it should be a tax free item. Because really, it make me a much happier person.

Amy Urquhart said...

Wine deserves its very own budgetary category, you know...

Lisa said...

Oh most definitely. Wine should fall under "mental health", like you said, along with the Zoloft!

Gray Matter Matters said...

Listen, your kids can wear old clothes and cereal is a perfectly legitimate dinner, but no money for wine? Barbaric. This is why we all need to vote for Obama.

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