I took advantage of a few kid-free moments this week and ran to the grocery store hoping for some meat markdowns. I’ve noticed the meat department at my local high-end grocer marks down meat late evening, so if I can plan to swing by after kiddo bedtime, or first thing in the morning, I can usually score some great deals on meat. This week it was ground beef and pepperoni which I was happy for since we’d used all the beef I had stored in the freezer. And my kids love everything pizza, so the pepperoni is a treat for them. Right after it’s photo session the hamburger went straight to the Crockpot to brown and bag for time-saving meal prep later on.
Here’s what this week’s shopping trip looked like:
- Manager’s Special ground beef: marked to $1.79/lb
- Macaroni and Cheese had peelies making them $0.94 each. A box this size will last my kids 2+ lunches. And I DO feed them boxed mac and cheese!
- Capri Suns were a splurge (on sale for $1.49 a box), but when I can I like to stockup on juice boxes/bags for lunchboxes, picnics, and long car trips. My kids think I’m a mean mom since I don’t let them drink them otherwise, but then I become supermom when I do pull them out!
And then later on in the week . . .
- FREE ice cream (Kroger “best customer” coupon)
- $0.37 boxes of taco shells (had $1 off peelies on them!!)
- $0.55 cake mix
- $0.79 Manager’s Special frosting (perfect!)
Money Saving Tip: Use cash! It’s a simple concept, and yet, I’ll admit, it’s been a tough habit for us to stick to. Some months we forget to withdraw cash at payday and so we just use the debit card all month. Or some months the envelope is empty before the end of the month, and so we just use the debit card to finish out the month. We never go over, (as in overdrawing),and we don’t have credit cards, but swiping that sweet little debit card sure makes it easy to fudge our budgeted amounts. Not gazelle intense, for sure.
It’s true what they say though–cash is easier to budget because you can physically SEE how much you have (or don’t have).
With the new year we dedicated ourselves to using only cash again. January was a little rocky and the envelopes were pretty bare by the end of the month, but so far February has been going really well and I’m excited about the amount of money we’ve already saved by just putting the debit card away.
Do you use cash envelopes? What’s your experience? They say give it three months until it becomes a habit. Did it take you that long?