This week I picked up again and cut that spending down … Here’s the story:
What Happened: I planned and did all our shopping on Saturday, so that went brilliantly. We had everything we needed for the week. Was it perfect? Nah. It never is.
Breakfast needs to factor more into my planning, since I don’t often buy enough food for that. We had plenty of eggs, but I also like fast, easy breakfasts — and we didn’t have enough food for that.
Also, I ended up deviating from the meal plan slightly … It helps when it’s posted on my fridge, which I failed to do this week. That’s going to have to be a must going forward.
Spending: I was way more diligent about controlling spending. I did run into a few bumps — Will had a last minute project due (due date was moved up by a week), and I had to buy supplies for that. Also, a project of mine required a different protein than I had purchased. But all in all, I stuck as close to the plan as I could … and I even tucked away some money into the savings.
Ask Sarah:Last week, a reader asked what’s so special about Saturdays that it is my only spending day. I answered in the comments, but wanted to give a greater explanation.
I chose Saturday as my spending day for these reasons:
- It’s my first day off of the week. I work Monday through Friday, and it’s just not feasible for me to do a full weeks shop on those days.
- I can concentrate. Part of the reason I started this was because the stress of trying to fit shopping in around the kids’ school schedules, my work schedule, activities and everything else is just too much. That’s why I was spending so much since I would just grab things and go — and they wouldn’t necessarily be the things we needed. By choosing a day where I don’t have other obligations, I can focus on the task at hand.
- I usually can go alone. Usually, my husband is around on Saturdays for at least part of the day (his job isn’t a M-F schedule), so I can head out and shop without the kids … allowing for even better concentration. And yes, shopping for the whole week at once while using coupons does require concentration.
- It’s most convenient for me. Ultimately, the rules of My Spending Diet are about me. The point is to spend only one day a week so that you can get control and take charge. If Tuesdays are better for you, that could be your day … but for me, Saturday is what works.
Have a question? Ask in the comments below and I will answer in an upcoming week!
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Her latest cookbook is The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published by Rockridge Press, which focuses on quick, easy, from-scratch cooking for busy people. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.