Becoming Debt Free in 2009

October 24, 2008

I Go To The Grocery Store EVERYDAY

Filed under: Food,Shopping — ambercouric @ 8:40 am
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I have spent the last few days looking over my expenses. And I have found that I go to the grocery store every single day. Actually, sometimes I’m not the one physically walking in the there but someone from my house is going. It really doesn’t help that I live two miles from three grocery stores.

I found three trends in our shopping.

1) I make one big shop each week. Usually around $75 -$100.

2) If I go on a grocery run my bill is usually around $10-$12. Only snacks – usually I need more Diet Coke and I pick up chips or crackers.

3) My husband goes and he spends $33-$35. He is usually going to pick up more Diet Coke or milk. He always adds in anything that he may think he needs for work.

I really thought I was spending about $400 per month on groceries. I think it is closer to $600 – $700 and this is for four people.

SOLUTION:

1) I will only go to the grocery store ONCE a week. If we run out of something we will get by until the next shopping day.

2) I am going to keep track of how much Diet Coke we buy. Most of the extra runs would never happen if I didn’t “need” coke and chips.

3) Keep my wonderful husband out of the store. In his defensive he has told me this countless times. Sometimes, I’m just to lazy to go.

Now that I have convinced you all that I sit around and drink coke and eat chips all day, I should say that I am normal weight – I wear a size 8 jeans. Because of my allergies I don’t eat anything like ice cream, candy bars, etc. I have to buy the expensive chips so each bag is $4.99 on sale.

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3 Comments »

  1. I know what you mean. That was me! Going to the grocery store every other day. I have recenlty learned to reign it in, by doing exactly what you mentioned in this post-shopping once a week. I also did some meal planning that helped me out during the week. Good luck and nice blog!

    Comment by Budget Mama — October 24, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  2. Oh boy, can I relate to the daily shopping. Only it’s not ME!! I wish we could go back to the days when we did one big shopping once a month, and then we rode our bikes to the store every ten days for any little extra things we ran out of. It was good experience for when we moved out to the country and were 8 miles from the nearest convenience store. And 22 from the nearest chain grocery store. Nowadays though my husband goes to the store EVERY single time he goes through town. Thankfully he doesn’t go into the big city every single day, or he’d shop every single day. It makes me crazy some days. I do feel it is partly my fault because I’m exhausted and don’t have the energy left to do the shopping like I know it should be done.

    Comment by Mrs. Accountability — October 26, 2008 @ 12:55 am

  3. I also have a weakness for Diet Coke. I would hate to calculate how much we spend a month on that “want”. I definitely need to cut down.

    Comment by Jennifer — October 27, 2008 @ 10:34 pm


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