A Sincere Need to Economize

After our last child was born, my wife told me we had to cut back on expenses -- in fact, she said, I had to give up drinking beer. I was not a big drinker, maybe a 12-pack on weekends.

Anyway, I gave it up, and everything was fine until I noticed the other day when she came home from shopping.

The receipt included $45 worth of makeup!

When she came in from the garage, I confronted her.

"Wait a minute!" I said, pointing at the pile of cosmetics. "I've given up beer and you haven't given up anything!"

She said, "I buy that makeup for you, so I can look pretty for you!"

"Hell," I told her. "That's what the beer was for!"

I'm not sure yet, but I don't think she'll be back. It's already been a month now.

Posted February 27, 2006

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