Okay – let me back up a little and explain my previous post a bit more. I am the type of person who often has issues with prioritizing but at the same time is an Olympic gold metal winner in the “writing lists” division. I constantly try to write all my thoughts down so i don't forget them. The issue is I get so consumed by just trying to make it through each days preset tasks that the good stuff on my lists rarely comes to life.
Example – I usually do all the house cleaning and errands before I do fun, enjoyable things.
But Guess what? I’m an adult now and I am allowed to choose how I spend my time. That is why I wrote a list to live! I'm ready to blossom with a life filled of bliss.
The first task I’ve decided take on you ask? (42) Staying within my grocery budget for three ENTIRE months. Three months, that is 90 days!
The reason I need to subject myself to such pain? Because my grocery spending has gotten outta control. I’ve been spending ALL my extra money on peanut butter, wine and cheese the past few months and I’m suffering from non-perishable shopping withdraws. Fall is right around the corner and my wardrobe needs some major attention… and the small little fact the we waste and we waste big! No bueno!
My pre-planning strategy:
- Make a weekly dinner menu
- Base dishes on which proteins are on sale
- Make a shopping list
- Only purchase items that are on the list
- Allow for (3) spontaneous purchases each shop
- Bust out the old coupon organizer
- Break down purchases into categories to form a more realistic budget
Dinner Menu Outline – Days might switch around but you get the idea…
|Sunday||Avocado Burgers W/ Baked Swt Potato Fried|
|Monday||Savory Pork Tenderloin W/ Spanish Rice & Plantains|
|Tuesday||Lasagna Rolls W/ Salad|
|Wednesday||Roast Chicken W/ Scalloped Potatoes and Green Beans|
|Thursday||Taco Baked Layer Pizza W/ Corn|
|Friday||Slow cooker Beef Stew|
(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner – For Three Adults)
*= special item for the boys
= on sale or buy one get one
|Pork Tenderloin||Lasagna Noodles|
|(1) Peach||(2) Bananas|
|Beef Roast||Bertoli Sauce|
|1LB Lean Gnd Beef||Tomato Paste|
|(2) Pkg Chicken||Rice|
|Roll of Paper Towels||*Nestle Quick|
|(sm) Zip Locks||*Dirty Chips|
|(1) Apple||Corn on the Cob|
|Paper Plates||(2) Pkg Cheese|
|Yogurt (Plain & Greek)||Salsa|
|Bread / Rolls||Garlic|
|*Juice/Tea/Lemonade||Laughing Cow Cheese|
|Taco Kits||Bacon or Kielbasa|
|Zucchini||(sm) Green Bean Pkg|
Shopping Mission Complete: Here are my stats
Total Spent: $191.57 - $125 (Necessities/Perimeter)
Spent “middle/frozen section of grocery”
House Supplies $10 + $5 (Vitamins)
Base Price $125
For the next month I’ve got to continue to monitoring our food purchases and see where we can improve. Stay tuned!
I accidently bought 4 spontaneous purchases instead of 3. Oops, but it is a huge improvement from before.