Two weeks and I haven’t done much grocery shopping at all. In fact, we ran out of milk and I didn’t get more for a couple days. We survived. But, my big stocking up and our weekend away basically used up my grocery budget. Bummer! I think there were a few “nickel and dime” stops in between to push me over my limit.
One of the leaks in said grocery budget is justifying that “quick trip to the store” when we run out of something. And since time is precious, that “quick trip” becomes “well, I might as well get x, y, and z while I’m here.” A $2 gallon of milk becomes a $20 bill. “Nickel and dime” becomes big bills.
So, I resisted. I let the grocery ads sit in the mailbox for a couple days instead of dashing to get them when they came on Monday. Why tempt myself when my budget is gone? (You knew I was a grocery geek, right? Yes, the grocery ads make me happy.) Instead of having my husband pick up stuff on the way home, I started a big list on the fridge. I made lunches based on what we had instead of shopping, or worse, getting fast food. We had some interesting “hodge podge” lunches, but no one starved.
I didn’t shop this week. But, I saved money because I didn’t shop. It works like that sometimes.
Thankfully, Payday came today.
How do you cope with “making do” at the end of the month?