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.