groceries when the pantry becomes a necessity

January 5th, 2008

Groceries ~ When the Pantry Becomes A Necessity

I talked last week about how I was trying to actually use up “stock” items in my pantry instead of buying them without thinking every week (classic overbuyer am I) and how it really has affected my grocery bill significantly. I averaged around $71 a week last month on groceries, and I thought that I was doing really well with that.

Well, I thought I was being as conservative as I could manage. Turns out, when all of a sudden your financial world turns inside out for a moment, and it is imperative to come up with as much cash as possible right away, I can be even more frugal. At least, this week.

I spent $37.03 at Aldi, $4.21 at Walmart, and $3.76 at Kroger for a total of $45.00 exactly. The total really should be closer to $49, because I completely forgot to buy my son’s organic milk. I’ll have to do that sometime this week. But still, $49 is a lot less than $71 in my world. I hope the trend is repeatable. I still have a lot of stuff in my pantry.

I bought one impulse item, Oatmeal To Go Squares which were at Aldi for $1.99 a box. I love those things. I will eat them in the morning instead of my usual oatmeal so it isn’t completely wasteful but still, oatmeal is cheaper. But these are better. Trust me. Yum. That equaled 4.4% of my grocery spending on impulse items. Not too bad.

I don’t know if this is repeatable every week, but I’ll sure be trying. $100 under budget for the month on groceries would be $100 more of my car repair that will become just a memory.

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10 Responses to “Groceries ~ When the Pantry Becomes A Necessity”

  1. We’ve been spending less than $100 every two weeks for quite sometime now. but it’s just the two of us. It’s one of the most difficult things we’ve encountered since we’ve begun to trim the fat from our budget.

    But it’s possible. Good post!

  2. That’s great. We don’t have pantry space here, which works ok with my being an underbuyer. But I really appreciate my spices which allow us to spend very little on food if we need to.

  3. That’s awesome! I hope you can keep it up. This is the only place my husband will not let me be a strict budgeter. He’s insane. I’m going to try driving the extra to Aldi’s this next weekend too. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Shoppingis the one area where you can either spend too much or really save alot. This is where I put the most effort. The main problem I have is getting the portion sizes right, just the wife and I and I’m finding it hard to get the right balance on fruit and veggies. Ended up throwing out quite a bit over the holidays becuase we just never ate it. something I try to avoid, but if I cut back too much then I have to make extra trips. But I also enjoy it, nothing like doing a huge shopping and coming in under budget beucase you really paid attention to pricss and portions.

  5. I’ve been making my own Oatmeal Squares since I discovered that the store-bought ones were little more than big cookies! It’s a modified cross between a cookie recipe and a quick bread recipe, but they disappear fast!

    I’ll post it today on my blog!

  6. It’s posted!

    It’s a cheaper alternative, that really only uses pantry items, and are quick and easy to make.

    If the frosting is the draw, it’s easy enough to lightly glaze them with a milk/powdered sugar frosting, which will give you the sweetness without all the extra sugar.

    Enjoy!

    And please, let me know if you like it! I certainly look forward to reading your blog. You keep me motivated on my own journey to being debt-free. Thank you!

  7. I will check out the recipe!

    I love those squares. Not surprising to me they are big cookies lol.

    I could take or leave the frosting so it is not a dealbreaker. My son often steals my frosting off mine anyway… nice heh.

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