Some have asked me whatever happened to the Frugal $400 and the deal finding, coupon clipping me. Well, the $400 part hasn't changed, but my strategy has. I was challenged in my thinking a while ago about the time and energy that being frugal can cost. My goal is to stay within the $400 limit for our household/grocery needs for the month. My goal is not to see how much I can buy for $400 and end up with a lot of "stuff" that is of no use to us and makes me stressed out trying to organize and maintain it.
So my goal is the same, but my strategy is different. Of course, buy on sale, do good research, use coupons when they are easily accessible. But now I'm free from having to snag the latest deal that's been published or going to four different stores. I'd like to start making our cleaning products from scratch this year as well as being more proficient at using with grains.
This new mindset has sent me on a mission through the house getting rid of the many things we have cluttering up our lives. It's quite a chore that I can't wait to finish. Hopefully, by the end of February it will be done.
I'm also going to be freezer cooking each month this year. This does take up the majority of my budget, but planning this far in advance has so far allowed us to stay with budget thus far. Want to see what we're having this month?