Yesterday I went grocery shopping. I had the list I had made the day before and was DETERMINED to stick to it. I have to say, I ALWAYS makes lists and I NEVER stick to them. I get everything on the list and then some! Its incredibly typical of me to get about 25% more than what was on the list. Food is my downfall because it's *so easy* to justify buying it.
Yesterday I went to Jewel and Aldi. I got the extra ingredients needed for meals plus a few other things to carry us through with lunches. I only bought one item not on my list at both stores. A bag of 7 pears for only $1.50. That was a great buy and my kids LOVE fruit. The way I'm calculating money for groceries is about $50 a week. For the weeks less than 7 days (the first week of the month and the last) I get $7 a day. So this week I got $35 (my weeks end on Sunday). I decided to advance next weeks money because of the massive snowfall we were getting tomorrow (which is now today) and the below zero temps on Monday. I didn't want to take the kids out when I still needed ingredients. So I had $85 to spend. I spent only $10.10 at Jewel and $26.91 at Aldi. So I still have $48 for this week if something comes up. I will allow myself to roll over money but the ultimate goal is still not to spend money at all. I'm pretty proud of myself!