Well, readers, rules are hard to follow.
We’re half-way through the SNAP Challenge, and I must confess to some tasty transgressions.
My accomplice husband and I shared a delicious meal at Chili’s last week, because I could hear the bottomless chips and salsa calling my name. The only problem is, once you cheat, it’s hard to go back. I found myself rationalizing a Starbucks coffee the next morning when temps were low along with my energy. You better believe I was channeling Rogue One in that vehicle. “I’m one with the force. The force is with me.” Whew, close call!
I figured the bottom line budget would be the most difficult aspect of this compassion experience, but it’s actually the extra guidelines that are getting me.
The fact that you have to include restaurant purchases in your total food budget is a real shift for our household. We typically have separate budget categories for eating out and fun money. Admittedly, a good chunk of the latter goes toward coffee with girlfriends or a cheap fast food fix. Because such purchases must count toward our $248.36, they’re basically prohibited. Tough tamales, eh?
Another rule I’m struggling with states that participants should avoid accepting free food from friends, co-workers, and family, because SNAP recipients might not always enjoy these same opportunities. JFS was gracious enough to provide free pizza one day last week before our big move. I simply couldn’t resist! And my sweet parents treated us to dinner over the weekend. I love them and their good intentions! How could I say no?
Suffice to say, I’m feeling a bit restricted. But wait, wasn’t that the point? I mean, when you can’t scrape together cash for a drink with your pals, your social life and mood are bound to suffer.