First off, let me say that I chose the Dallas area over Denver (where much of my family lives) for two reasons-weather and costs of living. I'm overall happy with my choice and my location. Now that I've said all that...
Darn, it's hot!! We've got triple digits today and will have them at leas through the week. While I'm not complaining overall, it does impact my exercise level and my yard work a big. When its ninety degrees in the morning, weeding gets shoved to the wayside. I've moved my morning water aerobics (I exercise in our community pool during the summer and then move to the rec center again lager on), to seven thirty am both to avoid the crowds of children and the heat.
I always seem to spend a tiny bit more on groceries in the summer. I/we grill a great deal, and in general grillable meats cost a big more per pound than the kinds of meat I will throw in the slow cooker or the oven in November. Overall I still do well and it averages out, I think. This weekend my son and I looked at each other after our Saturday errands and decided silently that no one was cooking. I picked up a roasted chicken at Kroger, along with some ready made coleslaw. We had green salad and heat in the micro and eat biscuits (thank God for freezer cooking), fresh fruit for dessert. The chicken will give us one more full meal, and lunches for the week, most likely. All and all the 6.99 was a good spend. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.
Although I try to make Sundays do nothing days (church and lunch out usually take up half the day at least), its too hot to sit outside, even on my covered patio, so today I'm dealing with the bills, coupons, deals and other paperwork left sitting from my Denver visit. It's much easier for me to be frugal when organized!!