Monday’s With Mavis…
About 3 years ago I started tracking our monthly grocery purchases… In 2008 we were spending about $814 a month on groceries, in 2009 $632 a month and last year I had whittled the grocery budget down to $417. I thought I was making real progress… But a funny thing happened… around the first part of last year I started clipping coupons… like a crazy person… and you know how it goes… when you first start using coupons you’re like Holy Cow… .35 cents for toothpaste is so AWESOME!!!! I should buy 10 tubes… then of course a few months go by and you quickly realize toothpaste (along with a host of other toiletries) should never be thrown into the shopping cart unless you can score them for FREE… And that’s how this whole $100 a month challenge got started. I needed a real challenge. I figured $100 a month OOP for all my family’s groceries, toiletries, take out and sit down restaurant food was going to be a little more on the difficult side… kinda like my own personal double dare… I figured it would be especially straining considering we have two teenagers in the house who never stop eating, their friends, frequent dinner guests and of course the occasional steak dinner or family outing to a restaurant. Yep… $100 a month seemed like one tall order.
Or so I thought…
Here’s what I bought this week on my $23.07 a week grocery allowance:
(This week I only spent $18.34)
(Keep in mind it was a rather slow week as there were NO double coupons this week to work with…)
Papa Murphy’s Pizza .82 cents OOP… I bought 2 of those $10 for only $5 Papa Murphy’s Gift cards from last month from Plum District…
$1.79 Rite Aid (10% Wellness Bonus)
Costco Food Court $1.63
I used 3 catalinas
Butter was on sale for $2.50 last week at Fred Meyer…
I used $1 off coupons from the blinki machine and used a recyclable bag and paid $5.95 for 4 lbs of butter.
2lbs of dehydrated apples … FREE!
I used my FREE Amazon.com gift cards I earned on Swagbucks.
(I’ll talk more about Swagbucks later)
FREE with a Target gift card I received for my birthday…
And my favorite deal of the week…
Walmart .71 cents
I love overage!
(Note: I did 6 separate transactions… Remember you can only use 4 gain coupons per transaction)
Like I said… this was a rather slow week for me. There were no double coupons or trips to Rite Aid so I pretty much only picked up necessity items…
The key to sticking to a limited budget is simple… stock up on free or nearly free things when you can… and during slow weeks… just buy the basics…
It’s that easy!
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