I declared a no-spending/low-spending week on groceries, unless absolutely necessary. And even then....let's really assess if we can wait a few more days. The only exception to this "rule" is that bread is Buy1, get 2 free. We usually get 6 loaves and freeze them.
This decision was a little hard because in this week's flyer for one store was "buy $50, get $0.30 off gas" coupon. Normally you have to spend $100 to get $0.10 off. I am still debating on this one. Of course this ISN'T the same store that the bread is on sale. Why can't life be easier!?
When the new tax withholdings took effect, G-man's check was roughly $125 less than what we were used to. I realize that this will all be a good thing to make sure we don't have to pay next year. But it did mean some shuffling. We will probably be able to adjust it again next year, as the current amount is probably to make up for money that should have been coming out all year. Make sense?
So....I said, "no groceries" this week. It isn't like I said no eating! We just have to use what is in the house. It is easy to say "there isn't anything to eat," and go and buy something. And we are guilty of that. We have some chicken and pork in the freezer. A small meatloaf (already cooked). A couple of containers of green chili. Some hamburger patties. Some frozen veggies. Rice. A few boxes of pasta. Misc can goods. Some yogurt. And I think we have enough lunch stuff for packing lunch for camp.
What we don't have is milk, cereal, or fruit.
We aren't going to starve. The kids may not always be happy (as they have become picky). But this is what we have. You can eat it....or you can be hungry. Your call.
We haven't purchased groceries since Saturday, and while this may not sound like a big deal...it is for us! Since G-man works at the store, it is insanely easy to buy stuff all the time. And this is the root of why we are constantly overbudget on groceries.
We have about $125 to last until next Wednesday (my payday). So buying alot of groceries isn't an option this week. I know we will need to get those few missing items, as I am doubtful we will be able to go a week without milk. But otherwise...we have food....make due.
I know this is how most of you operate.....but this is newer territory for us. I am going to celebrate my emptying of the pantry, fridge, and freezer with a deep clean of all of it before restocking! Heck, if we are able, maybe we will defrost the stand alone freezer if we can cram everything in the upstairs freezer.
I think we can do it!!!