How much money do you spend on groceries for your family?
We spend thee motherload.
See, one day, as I was jogging around the hood, I said to myself,
"Self, after 9 months of "THE SPENDING CLEANSE", we should be seeing more savings then we are. Somewhere, somehow, we're still spending too much."
And that's when I decided that I had no choice but to get down to the nitty gritty of where our money goes.
"I don't know where all my money goes. . . dime here. . . fifteen cents there. . . " (name that movie.)
You know, it doesn't feel very good to write down each and every expense. You feel stripped down. Nude, if you will.
And of course I wrote it all down in my journal--
I'd like to take this opportunity to say that I write everything in my journal, and if I ever lose my journal, heaven forbid, my life will be over. I will deny all knowledge. I'll have gone dark.
Who is this "Mandi Tremayne"? Never heard of her, but she sounds kinda screwed up.
Anyhow, it brought me to the dry heaves to add up what I spend on groceries. And the sad thing is, I realized I had left a few "little" trips to the grocery store out of that list up there. So how much are we talking 'bout here? How much does it cost to feed the Tremaynes for just one month?
Oh, just a measly
$1,000. Or so.
So again, if you don't mind my asking: how much is your grocery bill? Similar? Waaaay less?
I swear we're not having filet mignon for dinner and caviar for after school snack. I swear I don't even really buy that much meat for crying out loud-- and I have no problem whatsoever with generic food, using coupons, and buying almost expired "manager's specials". . .and yet. . .
Every time I see one of those "How we spend only $200 on food every month!" articles circulating pinterest, I read 'em. The only thing I can come up with is--
I go to the store for one little item for dinner. Say it's a carton of sour cream. That's it. Just one carton. And somehow I come out with $30 of groceries. It's those small trips to the store that are killing me.
"Ooh a loaf of french bread to go with this meal? Ooh and some juice? Why not. This is a 'special' meal. Carton of ice cream. . . fresh berries. . . snacks to feed a small country. . . "
Bam. $30 (or more) down.
You know they say the trick is to plan out your meals and stick to them. Go to the store as little as possible.
I thought I'd hate planning out an entire month's worth of meals,
(every meal, including after school snacks are scheduled on here)
But I find it oddly soothing to my "organize everything" tendencies. And perhaps half of what I hate about dinner is figuring out what the crap to cook.
So will this help?? Can I stick to 2, maaaaybe 3 trips to the grocery store for an entire month? Will we starve to death? I'll let you know.