Friday, April 12, 2013

What's in your frig?

I've been thinking a lot lately about ways to save money.  I lowered our internet bill, did a refi on the house, and that's about it so far.  But, I would say our biggest expense is diapers, formula, and groceries.  Food can be SO expensive its not even funny!  Typically, Brian does the shopping because when I'm working I really hate coming home and going to the store instead of spending time with the kids.  Well, since I'm on leave right now I have been using the grocery store as my "me time" because I get to get out of the house by myself.

Last week I went to the store.  Before I went, this is what our frig looked like on the inside.

The brestmilk with the butter.  Isn't that where everyone puts it?

Not a ton left in here.... not even any milk!  I would say the biggest thing is to NOT let things go bad and throw them away between shopping trips.  

Frig door.  We sure like our condiments.

I went to Wal.mart for groceries because I needed to pick up a few laundry baskets in my attempt to keep my laundry under control.  I spent $50 on baskets and $70 on food.  I went on Sunday and had to go again today (Friday.)  I thought that was pretty good for almost a week.

After my shopping trip

Receipt from Wally world

Today I felt inspired to try and use coupons and store discounts to make my shopping trip affordable.  I went to King Soopers instead because they were having some "mega event" where if you buy 5 of lots of different things you get $5 off.  My bill started out at $275 and with all of the discounts it ended up being $167.  That included 6 packs of diapers, 6 packs of wipes, 4 pounds of strawberries, infant ibuprofen, 5 tubes of toothpaste, a couple cleaning supplies, 2 bags of coffee, and lots of yummy fresh produce, meat, and dairy.  Its easy to get sucked into coupons for things that you don't normally buy or never would buy.  I only bought stuff that would normally buy.  I picked out our meals from the ad that came in the mail.  They had great things on sale like avocados, zucchini, broccoli, on the vine tomatoes, chicken, and flat iron steak.  Brian's dad will be here for the week starting tomorrow so I probably could have gotten by even cheaper had I not been buying for one extra person.  The diapers ended up being $7.00/pack and the wipes were $.50 and would have been free had I been able to print more of the same coupons.  It took me about 2 hours to put together the shopping list but I had nothing better to do while I was sitting on the couch nursing the boys.  I'm sure I won't be able to get that many deals every week but I can sure try!!

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Way to go!! In an attempt to save some money, here are a few things we've done so far: We actually got rid of our direct tv/satellite/cable thing a year ago January ($90 a month, $1080 a year). I changed our home phone and long distance plan ($18 a month, $216 a year). Since I'm not teaching anymore, my car hardly gets used, so I called the insurance and based on home many miles it would be driven annually, we moved classes (keeping it under four thousand miles every six months saves us $6 a month, $72 a year). Also, driving less save on gas (conservatively, say $30 a week working, saves about $1500 a year). It's almost three thousand dollars right there! =)