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Frugal Friday....

September 3rd, 2010 at 07:56 am

Am I being frugal? Is cash only really helping? All I know is that since I quit my job and am now a stay-at-home wife/grandma and took over the responsibility of shopping, I feel like all I do is spend money. But maybe that is because I did not do the grocery shopping before quitting my job. The only spending I did was "personal"?? DH has done the shopping/cooking for over 30 years! Now I do it .... with his input.

When you guys would talk about no spend days, I would think what the heck.... most of my days are no spend days!!

Now I understand!!

Part of the problem is getting into the routine of shopping and cooking. Like we run out of milk for my granddaughter or fruit or veges.

I think I need to plan better. No make that I need to plan better, I don't think, I know! I need to look in the frig and cupboards before I make a grocery run, shake the milk carton. I was just at the store on Wednesday and then had to go last night when I realized there would be no milk for her for breakfast, and she loves her sippy cup first thing in the morning. What is a grandma to do? Run down to Safeway and buy Lucerne brand 100% lactose free milk since I used my only Lactaid coupon. It was $3.79 a gallon. It was $3.00 at Winco (Darigold brand) and I need to make sure I buy enough to last between trips.

So that is the plan.....planning better!

4 Responses to “Frugal Friday....”

  1. baselle Says:

    I think the cash only is helping ... it is making you FAR more aware of your spending and knowing your prices. When you are aware, you can plan.

    Making that list is great start - and looking at your grocery's weekly ad is even better.

  2. momcents Says:

    And knowing where the lowest price(s) is/are is another good thing. Our Aldi's has unpredictable milk prices (varying from $1.98 to $2.79), but Walmart always has it for $2.24. I'm heading to Walmart on a more regular basis because of this (we go thru a gallon a day at my house).

    I am becoming the #1 Fan of cash at my house.

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    I have had this problem in the past, too. I solved it in my house by picking one day a week to go grocery shopping. I keep a running list on a white board on the fridge. The day before I go shopping, I write down my entire shopping list and check cupboards and fridge for what we already have and what we need. I also take coupons, my reusable bags, and my reusable gallon size water bottles with me. I also don't take the dh or I will wind up spending way more than what is needed. I don't buy milk, as I am allergic, but I know some people buy milk and then freeze it for later.

  4. Jerry Says:

    It certainly leads to an eye-opener when you see how much the other person does! Yeah, it's amazing how much spending goes on to keep the household afloat, but if you aren't the one spending it... then it seems so detached. I think it is good to have the insurance of knowing exactly what is spent, anyway, so it strikes a little closer to home. Sounds like you are doing a great job!

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