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The law of unintended consequences

August 20th, 2006 at 06:35 am

Awhile back, I asked DH if we could cut back on his Tastykakes and just get one box a week instead of two. On sale, they are $2.50 a box for 6 servings. Full price, I've seen them as high as $3.69. I figured it would save money to get a package of cheap cookies for desserts at home, and DH could still take his Tastykakes to work in his lunch.

I guess the problem is, I don't eat his Tastykakes, but if cookies are in the house I'll eat them. I've gained way too much weight back, and in an effort to fight the fat, I recently decided not to bring cookies into the house--forgetting their relationship with the Tastykakes budget.

Now while I'm starting to eat less junk, DH is going through his Tastykakes at a 2-box-per week rate again. Not only does it cost more, he is liable to gain more weight while I'm losing it.

If I don't buy his 2nd box OR the cookies, he's liable to spend more on junk at the convenience store, run out of his allowance and bug me for more money. Or he could end up smoking more on his lunch hour, out of frustration at not having the Tastykakes. Bad for his health and his budget, too.

I feel like I'm going around in circles! To get through this week, I'll get the 2nd box of Tastykakes and keep thinking.


6 Responses to “The law of unintended consequences”

  1. tynana Says:

    Would he be able to take the cookies to work and eat them throughout the week? This would keep them from being a temptation to you at home and he would still get his snack. perhaps if he could do this you could bake the cookies at home, i'm thinking something healthy like oatmeal with raisins and same money over the store bought ones.

  2. contrary1 Says:

    I was thinking a couple batches of quick breads on the week ends, slice and package in single servings and pop in the freezer. They can be thawed quickly for an at home snack, or taken to work daily......or used for drop in company, name it.........

    I've usually got a couple kinds put away, currently banana/nut and cranberry/orange. They are cheap to make, don't take much time, EASY and a healthier treat than some choices.....

    I find that when I've got them all packaged in the freezer here, I'm less likely to take any out, as I don't want to deplete my stash of treats. If it sits on the counter, I'll keep slicing away, til the loaf is gone!!!

  3. Great to be Debt Free Says:

    Oh Tastykakes! DH is originally from PHilly and so when we moved to MD from GA, he went nuts over them. And he fell off Weight Watchers. We haven't bought Tastykakes in months and both of us are back at our goal weights. I feel for you!

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Isn't there some cookie your DH likes that you don't? I could keep lemon cookies in the house forever and not touch them and DH loves them. But bring me Oreos and all bets are off.

  5. flash Says:

    Are tasty cakes like twinkies? Because you can make them (assuming you like to bake and have time to bake) much cheaper...

  6. StressLess Says:

    Thanks for the ideas. Yeah, I guess it's time to start baking something. Flash, I wouldn't attempt cloning DH's Tasty Kakes--they are little sponge cakes with a layer of peanut butter on top, and then get dipped (enrobed, they say on the box) in chocolate like when you make candy. I'm not doing that every week!!!

    DH does like things like banana bread, and they are easy. Never thought of freezing it in slices--good idea. When I was in Aldi's yesterday, I noticed they have angel food cakes for $1.29 I could slice and freeze; also they have a lemon poppyseed quick bread mix I could try.

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