Doesn't everyone want to spend less and have more time?
I have been very frustrated with the huge amounts of money and time I have spent just shopping for groceries. In the past, I mostly shopped at the stores in our town, and tried to stock up on the sale items. It just seemed to require so many trips, things would be out of stock, all the time checking ads and then the actual shopping. I know lots of people do very well with this method. But it was not really working for me, and instead of getting bargains and keeping stocked up - I just spending too much time shopping.
I've made several big changes
1. We did one big shopping trip to Sams, Aldi and Crest (a discount grocer in OKCity) and tried to buy about a month's worth of groceries.
We went Dec. 27, almost 3 weeks ago and I have not bought anything else since then
(except one bag of frozen cherries for a pie)
I have not been to Walmart or Walgreens or done any shopping at all,
except for a quick stop after Theo's vet appt. to get the cherries and one trip to a thrift store while I had time to spare between 2 events.
I would like to average $100 a week for groceries but that is probably too low. However we spent a little less than $300 on that big trip and still have a lot of it. It is too soon to know if this method will average out to that low or not though.
2. I gave up drinking soda. Big money saver as well as time shopping
3. buying extra milk and freezing it
4. buying produce that will last a long time - we are out of grapes and bananas, but we still have plenty of apples, grapefruit, oranges, clementines and canned fruit.
For produce, the produce from Sams is so fresh, it really will keep for a month. I wash it and then package it (well dried) in Tupperware or zipper bags.
5. Making all our bread
the last one has been very easy too.
My parents gave us money for Christmas and we used it to buy a large Zojirushi bread maker.
It makes the nicest bread too.
can you tell from the picture how big that loaf is?
It is big!
Gavin thinks it smells really good!
We have a Zojirushi rice cooker that we bought in 1990- it still works great.
After reading several blog reviews for the Zojirushi bread machine, I felt very confident choosing it even though it is more expensive than other makers.
The bread is delicious! I've baked 6 loaves and every one has been perfect.Also, this bread stays softer and moister, even days later, than my normal homemade bread.
Thank you Mom and Dad, I promise you will love this bread too!
|this does not have anything to do with saving money|
but I wanted to show you the set of Pyrex bowls my brother gave me for my birthday.
I've been keeping this set on the counter and use them almost everyday for whatever I cook or mix up that day.
I like spending less money but I am thinking the saving time is equally or even more valuable right now.