I want to update all of you on how I’m doing. Here is the previous thread in case you need a refresh.
In short, I’m failing…. Or you could say I’ve failed. BUT!!!! This doesn’t mean I haven’t learned something from my experience. Let me start.
I went to Walmart because we ran out of quite a few items in the house this week unexpectedly. Oatmeal while I was in the middle of making Oatmeal Banana Cookies, Milk went faster than I expected, and I’m out of butter and fresh fruit. My husband wanted to go this weekend to Walmart. Whenever I go with kids and my husband, it never turns out the way I planned! But I was planning on going Tuesday anyways and do a large amount of price matching on items we already needed. SO I did them today… Result: My total spent for the month after the grocery shop is $205.76.
While I’ve missed my $200.00 amount, I am already at the 18th of the month and past the half way point. So I’m proud that I have done less than I did last month! I do know there are somethings that I also stocked up on when they were on sale because I know they aren’t always on sale. For instance, Kellogg’s cereal I purchased for $1.25 a box using a price match and coupons on the boxes. So now I have 8 boxes of cereal sitting in my pantry. That will easily last me through March! Strawberries were on sale 2 one pound packages for $3.00. I bought three and froze a container of them. I can always use strawberries and when they thaw out, they can go in cakes, or any other way. Kids love them!
So while I went over, I’m going to try things again in March. My last part of this blog will be the official and final total of how much I spent for February. With a little luck, perhaps I’m only a bit over. Either way, going from $800-$1000 a month down to $300-$400 a month is a CONSIDERABLE SAVINGS!!! And my husband is quite impressed as well. I might add as well, I haven’t factored in what I have saved from Ibotta, Checkout51, or Saving Star. I look at those as extra “perks” I get for myself. This month between the three programs I have $35.00 saved. So, there is always a silver lining in using the applications!
PS – The extra savings allowed us to buy nicer rock for our home drainage project!