The last few weeks have been a little bit weird on the grocery front. I was travelling for business, so I pre-made a bunch of food for my husband and roommate. However, my husband volunteered at a construction camp for kids where he ate five dinners, and my roommate is either lazier than I thought or he started a diet before going home to his mom's cooking (this week), because the pre-made food is only half eaten. That being said, I still managed to go a little crazy on my return trip grocery shop, so my grocery expenditures are still in line with my long run average.
While I was on the business trip, I stayed with my parents rather than in a hotel, and I also ate their food (except for lunches which will mostly get comped). My son also ate their food. As did all my siblings, their children, and their significant others. In fact, my husband was the only member of the extended family who didn't accost my parents for the last week. We had a little impromptu family reunion since I was in town (only my little bro and little sister were planning to stay with my parents, but I guess my family revolves around me sometimes). Interestingly, my attempt to pay for even a few groceries was absolutely rebuffed by my parents. Even when I host them, they are loathe to let me pay, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised by the fact that cash was shoved in my wallet post shopping. Even Steven wrote an interesting post on the who pays conundrum a while back, it's worth checking out if your parents are like mine.