I am trying HARD not to freak at my husband. I am PO'd and possibly unreasonably. He was going to go for a walk around a lake, which I am not able to do with him. After he got home we were going to go get meat from a store with the best meat in town and a big sale. He went before he came home so I wouldn't be "bothered". BEFORE he left I went over a meal plan AND the list for it. I spent 3 HOURS working out meals that would be easy to cook, very inexpensive and that the kids would actually EAT. He had the menus and the list with him. He knew WHY we needed each item. We NEEDED ground beef and rump roast, each on sale for $1.99/lb. We also needed chicken, boneless breasts on sale for $2.49 (usually on sale for $3.29 here)This is the ONLY store that does not add dye to their meat, at least in this town. It always looks different than the other meat, but it tastes much better. He got ground beef, bacon, and pork steak. I do NOT like to cook a lot of bacon because it can cause migraines. We like pork but it is NOT something the menus can be adapted to. Not meals thank you will eat, anyway. He will eat it roasted or cooked like steak. Period. Not any other way. Not in casseroles. Not with any seasonings. But we have a limited budget even with food stamps. Last month he wanted to be in charge of grocery shopping and meals. He ran out of ## 12 days before the month was over. If I did not INSIST on keeping a fairly well stocked pantry we would have had a HUGE problem. By running out I mean we were out of a LOT of things and had NO money to go by more unless we didn't pay the electric bill. NOT a good choice It is good he got the ground beef, but the other stuff makes all my planning and lists totally worthless. In a BIG way this feels like a GIANT F' U' and all your hard work from my husband. If this was an occasional thing it would be no big deal. But it happens EVERY time I plan something. An outing, a meal, a movie, a birthday, an evening. He feels he can just ignore ALL plans, even if he insisted on something when we made the plans, if he sees something that might be "good". Even on budgets. I am usually VERY flexible with him. I try HARD not to get bent out of shape. But right now I am losing the battle to keep from SCREAMING at him. I am going to try to find recipes for the pork but we are STILL going to have to get some beef and some chicken. The problem is fixable, I guess. It is just so dagnamit thoughtless and it happens so often. Thanks for letting me rant. I know it probably isn't a huge deal, but I worked SO HARD to plan meals with easy cleanup, easy prep, and he just totally wasted all my work. Wasted it because the bacon looked "nice". I cannot find the smilie that is just screaming. It is how I feel right now.