Last week, I went to the grocery store and spent almost $200.
I wanted to pass out. I felt sick to my stomach. So much money sucked out of our bank account. Even with my menus carefully planned out, list in-hand, I still spent way more than I anticipated. And it's like that almost every week.
I know groceries are a necessity. It's not like I'm getting my hair highlighted and my nails done. We must have groceries. But still. It is so much money. And despite some great tips, I'm still spending too much.
Driving home from an errand today, I began to think how nice it would be if I could just take one week off from grocery shopping. Right now, I plan my menus on Monday morning and the girls and I head to the groceryafter breakfast and shop for the week. I get just what I need for the week, save for a few staples or pantry re-stocking, and the occasional impulse buy.
But back to my idea about taking a week off….
You know it's not like my cupboards are bare except for the things I'm putting in each week. They are still stocked with rice and beans and cans of soup and pastas and….. There are the odd cuts of meat and frozen breads in my freezer. I have flour. And sugar. And yeast. And butter.
It's just that I often ignore those things in my pantry for what I feel like making that week.
I'm not using what I have.
So here's my challenge for this week. My own mini no-spend challenge. I'm not going to the grocery store next week. (And I'm not going to stock up this weekend either–no cheating.) I'm going to make do with what I have in my cupboards and freezer. I'm going to get creative. I'm going to do my best to put together some meals with what I have on hand. I'm going to save a little money this week.
Sometimes my best meals are the ones created when I think "I have nothing to make for dinner".
So as I head in to next week, here are a few things I'm allowing:
1. I'm allowing myself to buy milk for the week (a necessity for my children), a bag of coffee beans (c'mon, I'm not crazy), and I'm going to refill the propane tank on my grill.
2. If someone invites me to dinner. I'm going to say yes. 🙂
3. I'm going to buy two quarts of strawberries at the farmers' market tomorrow.
Here's what I'm slightly concerned about:
1. I have no fresh greens in my fridge. But I do have frozen varieties.
2. I still think I'd rather go with a meal of rice and beans than break into the deer sausage my grandmother kept passing on to us. Which has been sitting in my freezer since, well….deer season. Yuck.
3. I hope I can make enough to eat for meals, plus leftovers for Dan's lunches.
All next week, I'll let you know what I make each night for dinner. In the midst of my normal posts, I'll keep you updated on how it's going and whether or not I'm making it. Ugh. I'm nervous. But I know it will be fine. I like a little mini-challenge.
Anyone brave enough to join me? And by the way. We have lots of granola.