Thursday, September 4, 2008
Frugal $400 Failure
You may or may not remember my resolution to spend $400 a month on grocery/household items in 2008. Well, I'm just calling the summer a wash in that regard. June we were out of town. July I had to bulk back up on staples from being out of town. Then in August I worked and Sean was the shopper. I think we hit $400 by day 10.
But now I declare once and for all that the Frugal $400 challenge is back in session, my friends!! God has provided amazingly for our family in giving Sean some new opportunities for income by writing and speaking. In the past, I would have just sucked this money into the budget and relaxed a bit. However, this time I'm determined not to squander away the extra. We have actually set a goal to pay off the van in 2009. This is the first car loan that we've ever had and I can't wait to see it go! The sooner the better:)
So here I go again! I'll let you know how we are doing along the way.
I spent yesterday going through our freezer and cabinets to get an idea of what we already have. From this I've come up with this menu for most of this month:
Sausage Lentil Soup/Rolls
Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Tacos x 2
Beef Stir Fry
Beef pot pie over biscuits
Turkey Sausage/Green Beans/Potatoes
Italian Chicken and Rice
Baked Chicken Breasts
Tater tot casserole
3 cheese ravioli
I'm realizing quickly from store prices that our $400 won't stretch as far as it used to even three months ago! I'm going to have to be wise to only make sure that the basics are covered before I start using coupons to buy convenience foods.
I'm going to be relying heavily on our Kroger's Manager's Specials. This will mean a few small trips a week, but well worth it for 1/2 off food.
Monday- bread products
Friday- Canned/Boxed foods
I'll be shopping Aldi for the rest of our needs as well as Sam's for some well priced bulk items like canned and fresh fruit. I'm determined only to shop the other stores (Meijer, Marsh, WalMart) if there is a free/nearly free items with coupons. And of course, I'll be back at CVS again. I have to say that I've enjoyed my time off there, but we've used up our stockpile and I'm in serious need of really cheap diapers. I'm sure they'll be happy to see my smiling face once again.
I'll let you know how it goes. How are you fighting the higher grocery prices this fall? Inspire me, please.