I thought I'd take a moment to brag on myself...well because its my blog and I can!
Jay and I try very hard to be frugal, sometimes to the point of being miserly. I hope over all that's not the case, and I think the big year we've had proves it. We got the thrill of paying off our 5.5 acres of land in less than a year as well as a super-cool awesome trip to California.
Not exactly the "self imposed poverty" that a friend of mine accuses me of.
I suppose, in her defense, we are very weird.
We don't have cable. Which honestly this time of year sucks. All the normal TV is off until January and all the Christmas specials are lame. So I've been going to sleep around 9 each night - and loving every minute of that extra sleep.
We figured it out, and could rent a Redbox movie every night for a month and still make it out cheaper than cable. Since the sparing TV choices is an exception, not the norm, we're just fine with Redboxing it for Christmas.
I also don't spend that much at the grocery store. I stockpile ground turkey when its on sale for $1 lb and do the same with chicken breasts at $1.99 lb. (I tried the chicken parts thing, and its just not worth it to me.) I only buy coke when its on sale (I never pay more than $2.50 a twelve pack), never buy chips or cookies, and menu plan so that I use from my stockpile (and replentish the stockpile when things are at their rock bottom sale price).
Our goal is to have the new home paid off in 5-6 years. Its totally doable assuming our incomes stay the same and we keep our standard of living where it is. He is 1/3 owner of some commercial property, and if we can get that sold, then we'd probably be able to pay the house off sooner.
The thing about our standard of living is that neither of us feel like we're missing out on anything. Sure I'd like to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe of clothing, but that's just impractical. We've set price limits on Christmas ($15 for my sister and $15 for her husband - they are doing the same) not because that's all we can afford, but because none of us need anything.
Jay and I were talking the other day and I told him the one area that I'd like to branch out in and spend more money (when we've got the house paid off and we're off rice & beans) is our meat selections. I got some beef cubes on manager's special last year and they were delicious in with stir fry and rice.
Can you keep a secret??
I spent $37 at the grocery store this week!!
I normally spend about $100 or less on groceries for the month, so this was a big splurge (although I've only spent $30 the rest of the month, so I don't think I'll go over budget.)
There were a couple of packages of beef shank something or other on sale for $1.50 each (slightly less than a pound per package) so I figured I would grab those suckers up! Chicken breasts were on sale, as were the tenders, so I grabbed about 6 lbs of those.
I was excited that the tenders were on sale for the same price as the whole breasts because i usually end up cutting up the chicken and putting it on the George Foreman grill for recipes calling for cooked chicken any way. The tenders saved me a step!
I found two 1/2 gallons of milk on manager's special - taking it down to the same price per ounce of a whole gallon. Since Jay doesn't use milk, a half gallon is the perfect size. I put one in the fridge for use this week (its sell by date was today) and one in the freezer for later. I'm sure between cereal and protein shakes I won't have a problem using it up.
Speaking of cereal, I had noticed a $2 off any all bran cereal coupon in my binder that expires at the end of the month. I figured I check it out, and if the cereal wasn't too pricy I'd go ahead and get a box. Most of the flavors were in the $3 range.
Then I noticed an item close out sticker. The All Bran Yogurt bites cereal was on sale for $2.58. Which mean $0.58 after coupon!! Not the most yummy sounding flavor, but for the price I couldn't pass it up.
I also had a coupon for frozen fruit, so I splurged and got some frozen peaches (to be used on oatmeal in the future). I finished my splurgefest by getting wheat thins and garden veggie cream cheese just because I was craving it.
I grabbed the salad stuff for this weekend's Christmas party and I was headed to checkout. Mentally it was hard spending almost $40 on one week of groceries, but I keep telling myself that was Money Saving Mom's budget so it couldn't be too frivilous. (Of course all the while ignoring the voice in the back of my head reminding me that she's a family of 5, and I'm just feeding one and a half people - Jay only eats dinner).
So that's my shopping trip for the week. Probably the most boring post I've written in a while, but I was quite proud of myself and wanted to share my exictement!!
What's your money saving tip that you swear by? Is it in your grocery budget? Clothing budget? Frugal McFrugalson is always looking for new ideas!