Hi there. Me again.
Do you remember, way back in September, when we got all close and personal and talked about money?
Specifically, your grocery budget? Yours and mine? And people left me these totally awesome comments talking about what they spend and why?
And I told you that one month I added up all my grocery expenditures, and it was over $1,000?
Except I accidentally added a zero like a dufus so it really said $10,000?
Is your memory feeling refreshed? You remember because of the extra zero, don't you.
Then, remember how I was going to try out planning all my meals in an attempt to save a buttload?
Well, I tried that. Back in September.
And I'm just reporting on it now, since we did that crazy A Moulding Month thing for all of October where we created all those crappy projects to paint and I still have a gigantic sawdust disaster in the garage 'n all--
And so, here we are. So it has come to this.
Here's my report:
people, this actually works. It totally works. I wrote up my grocery list, I mostly stuck to it, I shopped for half a month's worth of groceries, including all meals and snacks. . .
guess how much I spent?
I was shock. Ed. Awe. Ed. I was like, "Dude. DUDE." If I just do that one more time for the 2nd half of the month? Under $300 for a month's worth of groceries? Don't mind if I do!
That could have happened. If I would have just been disciplined. Stuck to my guns. Been responsible. Acted my age.
But then, we went on this little trip,
and it's just freaky how this picture is moving around. It's like the Harry Potter newspaper,
and anyways-- this picture is distracting me--
and boom. I go to the store, I buy all these treats because heaven forbid if we like, hit a deer and careened off the road on the way up to the lake and then all we had to eat was the food in the car and then we had to resort to picking the least loved child and munching on them so I better bring a lot,
and I spent over $100 just on one stinking weekend trip.
Is this just me that does this? A huge bag of chocolate, 3 bags of chips, tons of pop (or soda if you don't live in Utah), string cheese, yogurt, fruit. . .
suddenly I've doubled my stupid grocery bill for one weekend.
But it was all very delicious.
But not $100 delicious.
And then everything just kind of. . . turned to crap. I didn't do well at all for the rest of the month. I was like a dog to his vomit. I went back to my old, dirty ways. Since I'm pretty wordy today, let's do this in bullet point format, shall we?
What Mandi Thinks About A Grocery Budget/List/Strict Plan Thingy
* It really does work. Less junk is bought. Money is saved.
*It's not fun and it kind of sucks.
*Mandi really enjoys going to the grocery store a lot and buying fresh foodstuffs. It feels like the biggest sacrifice of the "Spending Cleanse" by far. My shoes have holes in the soles and I don't even care, but dang it I want my fridge full.
*It sucks when you run out of fruit one week in to your grocery plan
*I got a little freaky after that and then kind of hoarded food in the month of October, so I guess I have more food issues than I previously thought.
will I try this again? I definitely should. That is too crazy of a money savings not to. With a little tweaking, this could work for me.