I’ve concluded Week 1 of my “I’m spending the least amount of money humanly possible” campaign. Mostly, this campaign is focused on groceries, as that is where the bulk of my weekly spending occurs.
I was determined to get my average weekly grocery spend down to $100 per week (from about $250 per week). I wasn’t as diligent as I could have been in planning meals or clipping coupons (I actually didn’t clip any). What I *did* do is only stock up on things that: 1) My family eats all the time or 2) I knew exactly how and when I would prepare. I shopped at Trader Joe’s (cheap) and Safeway (where I have a discount card).
In the end, I spent $107 for the week to feed myself, my ex, and our two-year old. Not bad, eh?
Things I did to achieve this:
- Ate cereal and milk for breakfast.
- Drank free office-brewed coffee.
- Brought my lunch to work instead of take-out.
- Used frozen veggies in my cooking rather than fresh.
- Purposely made extra food for dinner so I could have leftovers for the next day’s lunch – it’s all about economies of scale.
- Cut out (most of) the diet soda I drink.
- Bought generic brands of everyday products.
- Bought items that were on sale at the market and planned meals around that week’s “specials.”
I’m pretty intrigued by saving money with coupons (I keep hearing about these women who get hundreds of dollars of groceries practically for free), but have yet to try it. Where do you find these coupons besides the Sunday paper? I’m not really into signing up for any type of website / service and I certainly don’t want to pay for it. Tips, please!
Share your saving tips and help inspire me – and others.