Stockpiling takes TIME! Once I realized that (thank you for reminding me, Elizabeth), I felt much less stressed about this grocery makeover process. For the first time I felt like I might actually be able to do it.
My goals for last week were:
- Spend $175 instead of $150.
- Pop in at Aldi’s and just look around. For some reason the idea of going to Aldi’s as part of my grocery shopping is stressing me out. So if I just pop in some time and look around, I think it will be easier for future trips.
Spend $175 instead of $150. I spent $181 at HyVee last week and that was MUCH better than trying to do $150. There may be a time in the future when I can do $150, but for now, $175 works is more manageable.
Pop in at Aldi’s and just look around. I did it! I had to run a couple of errands on Monday so I took advantage of being out to stop by Aldi’s. I had my quarter for the grocery cart and even figured out how to get the cart – after a few tries. The store was clean and orderly. Fortunately it wasn’t crowded which made it easier for me to look around.
I picked up a few things while I was there including frozen fruit, bananas, plain potato chips, animal crackers, English Muffins, ice cream cones, diced tomatoes, black beans, crushed tomatoes, barbecue sauce – an odd assortment, I know. I didn’t buy any fresh fruit (except the bananas) or vegetables because I didn’t love the way they looked. Even the bananas that I bought didn’t look awesome. And actually, the bananas went bad fast – my husband asked me where I got them because they went bad so fast and he said they tasted funny.
So I don’t think I’ll probably be shopping at Aldi’s on a regular basis. I know a lot of people love it but I wasn’t thrilled. If I have to pick between Aldi’s and Wal-mart, I think I’ll go for Wal-mart. But really, I just want to go to Hy-Vee and I’m still trying to figure out a way!
- I didn’t find any great sales this week. Price Chopper had shredded cheese on sale for $.99 a bag but they had a limit of two. In the past Price Chopper has been very strict about the limits – especially since they track your spending with the chopper shopper card. That was the only thing I would have bought so I didn’t bother. HyVee had 1 pound chubs of 80/20 ground beef on sale for $1.77. I don’t normally buy the chubs or the 80/20 ground beef but it was a great price so I went ahead and bought three. I’ll use them for recipes using cooked ground beef where I can rinse the cooked meat before I put it in the recipe. I normally buy 93/7 beef from the meat counter for about $4.50 a pound so that was a good savings. But that was it.
- I bought a Misto Olive Oil Sprayer at Target for $10 so I can use it instead of buying Pam. We go through a lot of Pam so I think this will save us money. I put vegetable oil in the sprayer instead of olive oil so I can use it for baking, too.
- Two weeks ago I paid for my groceries with my debit card and I spent more. Last week I was back to cash and I stayed within my budget much better. There’s just something about “invisible money” that makes me spend more!
- I started using my homemade dishwasher soap and homemade laundry soap and those are going to work out just fine! It was nice not spending money on those two items this past week.
Since it takes time to stockpile, and that’s my primary strategy for saving money, this will be the last weekly update on my grocery makeover progress. I’ll check in regularly and let you know how I’m doing.
In the meantime, keep your suggestions and comments coming. And on that note, what’s your best tip for saving money on your grocery budget?