Happy Monday crafters and hobbyists!
I’m sitting quietly in my living room trying to cool off without turning on the air conditioner. Wow! Summer weather has come in out of nowhere and we’re trying to save money where we can so the air conditioner is staying off as long as we can stand it!
This week I thought I’d share with you my shopping challenge I posed to myself instead of posting a recipe.
We are a family of three trying to eat healthy and at home as much as possible. But for a while now I’ve been pretty lazy bout my shopping. I don’t look at prices and I cook a lot but some of it tends to get wasted. Now that our income has changed and I only get paid through June, I’ve had to really look close at our spending to see where I can budget better (or at all).
So today I set a goal for myself. I wanted to see how little I could send and how much I could get.
First I did some research. I went all over Pinterest looking up blog post after blog post on how to save money while shopping for your family. I landed on these two posts that did the most for me because they were both reasonable and aimed at getting that healthy food into the home: Money Saving Mom and Daily Dose of Del Signore.
There are a lot of posts out there sharing how to shop for less than $50 a week and I just didn’t find those helpful as meat alone costs $5o if we are making lunch and dinner with a main protein component for 3 people. So I made myself a goal to spend no more than that on meat.
A few posts agreed that Costco is a great place to shop for your beef/chicken/fish so I headed over there and I made a beeline to the butcher counter. No way would I venture out into the middle where all the cool stuff would suck me in.
I proudly made it out of there with beef, chicken, and turkey plus a 4 lb box of grapes and only pay $58! So far, my grocery shopping challenge was going well. But the next step would be to fill in all the snacks and ingredients I would need to get my meals made for the week.
I hit up my Albertsons and found they had a lot of staples on sale. I made my way through my store with a calculator tab running on my phone to keep myself aware of how much I was spending. It allowed me to ask myself “Do I really need this?” If I found I did need it I would find a way to work it into my basket and my budget.
In the end I spent $89 on my groceries and staples! This was a huge change in the way I shopped. And a lot of what I bought can be stretched for two weeks or more. The next time I’m at the store I’ll not need to pick up anything but the small things to replace like fresh fruit and snacks.
With our income changes and me being home this summer, I have to think a little more about what I’m spending our money on. So far I’m pleased with how I’ve started. Now to keep it up and make it work for us. Hopefully I’ll have recipes to post next week showing how far I’ve stretched our dollar!