When I did my grocery challenge, I was happy to save some money, decrease our monthly spending amount and learn some new grocery shopping tricks. BTW I still need to check out Aldi – I hear their prices are phenomenal.
And yes, Jodi, I know, I still need to check out Wal-Mart!!
But, since finishing the challenge, I have found some unexpected benefits from doing the challenge, that are awesome!
I found some new recipes that I can make myself and customize how I want for breakfast, cheaper and healthier than just buying granola bars. I didn’t want to spend money on granola bars, so I did some digging in our pantry and found some recipes that I could make using ingredients that I had on hand. This ended up being cheaper and easier than I would have thought. And I enjoy eating them for breakfast much more than a store bought bar.
There is less stress during the week around dinner time because of meal planning .. .
I now meal plan before I go to the grocery store and then write it down for the week. So, there is no getting home at 6:30pm after a long day at work and having to figure out what I can throw together for dinner. And Scott knows what’s for dinner, so if he gets home first, he can get things started too. Of course we deviate from this at times – sometimes you just need some pizza and sometimes we have extra leftovers, but for the most part, meal planning –> awesome.
We don’t overeat. We really didn’t have a huge problem with this before, we both stop eating when we are full. . . but now we are much more aware of our portion sizes. We need the extra food for a “leftovers” meal and I use leftovers for my lunch at work. I also save everything. We used to just finish the last 4 strawberries or last handful of chips, even though we might be full. . . now I throw the leftovers back in the fridge or in a container for another meal. We also buy a stash of fruit from Sam’s every weekend, which has to get us through the whole week. . so instead of just eating through a whole pint of blueberries (because they are so good!), we eat some and then put the rest back in the fridge for another night.
I know none of these things are rocket science – and it’s not. .. it’s just the little things that make the difference and add up over time.
What are the little things you do in your house to save money??