Four weeks! I can’t believe it! Seriously, I really can’t. When I started my spending diet four weeks ago, I doubted it would last more than two weeks. But week two was easier and week three even easier and now I have ventured into finding ways to simply spend less.
As a reminder:
The Plan: No spending from Saturday until the following Saturday. Cash in wallet can only be used in a true emergency.
What Happened: This week flew by. Really, it did.
We followed our meal plan almost completely this week. The only change up was on Tuesday, when I served the Salmon Cakes over a salad instead of on a roll because we ran out of rolls on Monday. But it worked out better that way. They were fab on the salad.
We did run out of a few things – for instance, I failed to purchase half and half for an Easter recipe, and accidentally used all of my husband’s. He picked up a new carton of it. We also are out of bleach, which I will totally buy tomorrow (promise, Shawn!).
As I mentioned last week, the urge to shop midweek is pretty much gone. Although, I will readily admit that when we had balmy summer temperatures this week, I was very tempted to go to the local garden center in search of plants for my garden. I didn’t. It’s still early in the season, and it wasn’t Saturday.
Spending: The kids and I had lunch out once this week (which we’ve done pretty much every week). Cost: about $10. My spending is way down, even with a big holiday meal served this past weekend.
About My Saturday Shop: I’ll be the first to admit that my shopping list left a little bit to be desired this week. It’s largely due to Easter, which I cook for every year. I was so caught up in making sure that we had everything we needed for the holiday that I forgot to do the same for our eating during the week. We didn’t go hungry — we just didn’t have a lot of extras.
That said, beyond the half and half and bleach, we really weren’t out of anything. Instead, it was simple things like snacks (okay, maybe I don’t need those), Diet Coke and more fresh fruit that I wish we had. But we survived.
As for my spending, I am really happy to have spent less than half of what I spent in previous weeks. I was so excited about that last Saturday.
What’s Next: My coupons arrived earlier this week and I am excited to use them (I really do get giddy about silly things like that). I plan to scour the ads to see if there are any great deals to be had on the items we need as well.
This will be the first week where the kids do the Saturday shop with me, which means that I need to reevaluate how to do it. Honestly, shopping for the week in three hours is just too intense for them. I’m exhausted after that, so they would be even more so. Basically, I am going to have to break it up somehow – perhaps groceries in the morning and Target in the afternoon? I also am considering skipping my usual Trader Joe’s run in favor of shopping closer to home. What would you do to make it easier?
Over the past week, I have gotten some great suggestions on how to cut costs. Thank you! I also wanted to mention one in particular: Last week, a commenter suggested that we cut back on meat consumption, having some vegetarian days to save money. Although this week wasn’t a good reflection of it, we have cut back greatly on our meat consumption and usually have one vegetarian meal each week. I totally agree that cutting back on meat is a good option for many people trying to cut their grocery bills. And vegetarian meals? I adore them! However, cutting back further isn’t an option for us – actually, me – at this time. Suffice it to say that I need meat to be the focused, on-top-of-things, energetic woman that I am.
So, how’s your spending?