It seems like every time I go grocery shopping I spend at least $75 per trip. Even using coupons!!! Sometimes I feel like I haven't even really bought much of anything to have spent that kind of money! I will say that now, that my kids are starting back to school it will be much easier to stick to a certain budget when I can shop ALONE!! If you have little ones you know what I mean, when they pick a special snack or food item that they think they just cannot live without! LOL
So I have decided to take part in a Grocery Challenge. Maybe this will only last a week or two but I'm ready to give it a try. I have read on many money saving sites that there are a lot of households attempting this challenge and I am super motivated to find a smaller food budget that will work for my family of four. I will post my shopping trips on here and let you know how I do, if I go over or under budget, how many coupons I've used or left out and where I have purchased my items.
This is going to include a lot of planning on my part for sure, and discipline!! Sometimes your favorite picks are not always on sale! Also I will have to make an effort to distinguish what it is that we absolutely need now. For example a gallon of milk versus say a box of cookies when we already have other snacks at home to choose from.
I will also have to plan meals more efficiently and choose recipes that do not include several ingredients. Hopefully this will get easier as I go! Will you be attempting to Challenge your grocery budget?
Here are some ways I plan on making it easier to stick to a tight budget:
1. Shopping at Aldi and Save A Lot
2. Sticking to store brand when they are available
3. Using coupons
4. Paying extra attention to store ads and double coupons at Martins
5. Taking my $50 (in cash) with me so that I do not go over budget!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Every so often you must take your car in for an oil change. This weekend my husband's car was due and before he walked out the door I handed him this coupon for $5.00 off your oil change. Every little bit helps : ) This coupon comes directly from the jiffy lube site and our local Waynesboro Jiffy Lube has accepted them every time!!
So the next time your car is due for an oil change, be sure to print this coupon out and bring it with you to save!!