My initial challenge was $50 a week, which I achieved easily that first week. Then, a trip to Costco in the second week set things back considerably. Now, in week three, I just haven't quite been able to bounce back to my fifty-buck limit. I have theories, and I realize they'll probably sound like excuses. :-)
1. We are in the second full week of spring activities. Between all three kids, there is soccer six days a week, not to mention board meetings for myself on Mondays, writing group on Tuesdays, and bowling league on Thursdays.
2. And, being sort of wiped out from my full-time sub job has left me pretty ineffective in the kitchen. The CrockPot is underused and my meal planning has gone awry.
3. As a result, it feels like many nights' dinners are slapdash, piecemeal affairs. Case in point, I had a half-pound of leftover ground turkey in the fridge on Tuesday...Kirby suggested she was in the mood for walking tacos. As I had no other real plans for the meat, walking tacos sounded good to me. However, a trip to the supermarket was in order - I needed tomatoes, olives, taco sauce, and Doritos. I was at the mercy of the prices at the moment. Poor planning on my part. I spent twelve dollars on about four items needed for just one meal.
Here is the Glorious Pie Chart O' Spending. I'll include my comments below.
Total Spending This Week: $102.64
Total After Week Three: $287.40
An aberration you'll notice this week is nearly a quarter of the expenditures went towards what I call "Junk Food". This is certainly NOT par for course - but it stems from two things: weakness on my part and more poor planning.
1. A soda for myself after a long day of work.
2. A pack of low-sugar fudge bars (4.39).
3. Two boxes of Little Debbies (3.00). Kirby informed me the day of that she needed to bring treats for her Girl Scout troop. *eye roll*
4. 12-pack of Doritos for the aforementioned walking tacos.
5. Four Lunchables bought as a spur of the moment meal, as my husband realized Thursday night we would all be running hither and thither with no chance to have a real dinner. I HATE buying Lunchables - for so many reasons that I am remembering right now.
So, yeah, it was the little things that just added up over the week. It is likely, though, you won't see this aberration again. At least, I sure hope not.
I can't complain much about the rest of it. I know I keep saying I'm going to stop buying meat - but 1 lb. chubs of ground beef (90%) were on sale for 2 for $7...which I guess comes out to $3.50/pound, which is maybe not that great of a deal at all, now that I think about it. Then, I also bought lunchmeat for the week - which always seems to add up no matter what. Three meat items + nearly another quarter of the spending = kinda ridiculous. I gotta stop...
Another almost-quarter devoted to fruits and vegetables (canned and frozen) - not going to say much about that.
Breakfast cereal, the bane of my existence. I bought four boxes, used two coupons, and still spent almost ten percent on what Willy Wonka called "those disgusting little pencil shavings". *sigh*
Two weeks in April left - must rally! My goal now is to put my super-duper resourceful pants on and come in under $350 for the entire month. Now that would actually be a feat I've never achieved - under $400 on groceries for a family of five!