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So I have decided it is time to look at what I am spending on groceries and how it can be changed. I have started this week to take the Grocery budget makeover this week from Erin Chase $5 dollar dinners. There ae many times I run to the store because I don’t have something. Why do I not have something at home, because it was not on the grocery list.
First I will follow this week the recommendations by Erin Chase in the workshop.
Because it is the beginning of the month, the time to start tracking the receipts is now.
I need to track the amount of money I am spending. Thinking about tracking what items I am buying as well and how much they cost maybe. A Long time ago I tried to do the Price list book. This can be very time consuming to do. Have you heard of a price list before? What you do in a price list is track each item how much it is and at each store. I decided this was not for me. First off it was too much work. I tend to buy things that off name brand like the store brand so obviously that is going to be cheaper that name brand at the stores. Then there is nothing to compare to.
I do stockpile some items when I find an item is cheap. Sometimes my problem is not making enough items homemade when I have done it in the past. I have always believed making from scratch saves money.
I went to Shop n Save and yes I bought more than I planned. I was to go for charcoal for supper then the husband wanted beer and cigarettes. My husband wanted to grill some fat juicy hamburgers for supper. Even though I had hamburger in the freezer, I bought some premade bacon and cheeseburgers and 3 cheeseburgers. I could have saved $9.82 by just thawing out the meat from the freezer. I shouldn’t have bought the Christmas clearance gummy lifesavers for $1.50 or the Twinkies for $1.00 or the clearance paper towels for $2.50 (8 rolls). I already have extra paper towel rolls at home. I bought a half-gallon of milk for $2.49 when I could have easily bought a gallon cheaper at Aldis. Then I felt real bad when I walked out of the store and realized I should have bought American cheese slices because we were out. So I went to Aldis which only cost $1, but there where I could have bought the milk.
If I start saying no to the candy near the register I will be saving money and helping myself lose weight as well.
How much do you spend at the grocery store each month?