Saturday, July 25, 2009

Saving money? Check!

Okay, I had set a goal of no more than $75 a week in groceries for my daughter and I. She's five now and eats ALL the time so this is not always easy. I must say that I rocked it and I don't think this is going to be that hard at all. Here's what I found is working for me.

  • Weekly mailers - I have combed through the grocery mailers and made a list of all the items at the store that I may need and what the prices are. Mind you, if you have an iPhone, there are some shopping applications that make keeping track of this really easy. I take all the items at all the stores and make my list from there.
  • Making a weekly menu - From that list, I think about what I'm going to eat all week. Every meal. Every things. Good for my waistline and good for my pocket book. Right on!
  • Checking coupons - I'll go through my file of coupons to see if I can find anything that matches my list or if there is anything else I may need that I can look for on sale at any of the stores. I haven't tried the online coupon websites yet to see if I can find any matches, but that is next.
  • Make a plan for shopping - I laid out which stores I went to in what order and then just went from there.
Yesterday, I went to two grocery stores - Albertson's and Fry's (Kroger). At Albertson's I spent $46.26 and saved $36.64. At Fry's I spent $24.66 and saved $31.03, more than my bill. As McLovin' would say, "chicka chicka yeah..."

I felt like I rocked yesterday. I know it's totally geeky but getting a tube of Crest toothpaste for $.25 was awesome.

4 comments:

altonwoods said...

Bravo! You might have a future teaching others how to live for less. enjoyed your writing,keep it up!

Tom said...

Lol geeky is cool :)

Samuel said...

Budgeting is the way to living a debt-free life! =D

Kacie said...

Good work!

Once that $75 starts feeling too easy, see if you can take it down a step. If not, no worries, go back to $75.

Do you have an Aldi near you? I love that place!