Well, we’ve managed it already. We blew our budget.
Intent on making sure the money situation was under control, I was sitting on one of the bar stools in the kitchen a few days ago, adding up the food receipts that were beginning to amass on the fridge. I noticed two things:
- We go grocery shopping far too much. There were two instances in which we had gone to the store three
days in a row. Didn’t my mother teach me any better?
- The receipts spanned over three weeks and totaled $437.20.
I entered the totals into my phone-calculator the first time, stared, and then entered them in a second time to be sure. A single query rattled into my brain: how the hell did two people manage to buy nearly $450 worth of food just 21 days?
I got up and grabbed a highlighter, a pencil and a notebook. At the end of my receipt-scouring frenzy, I found out that, by barely changing our diets at all, we could have saved $130.
Needless to say, those items will be missing from our next grocery bills.
What’s your grocery budget? What are some tricks that you use to stick to it?