Stealing From The Grocery Budget

It’s that time again to count our pennies for our Honeymoon Jar.  It is so fun to see the little jar grow each week! Perhaps soon we will have to switch our humble jar out for a bigger one soon?

This month was a little harder to steal from the grocery budget than last. The kids were home from school a lot which means they ate more. I guess winter and pure boredom will do that to you! I also needed to replace cleaning supplies ( whomp whomp ) and do our bi -monthly Costco run- which is known to do some serious damage initially and then the payoff comes later.

Oh if only we didn’t need to clean or eat! I would be a very rich woman.

Being strict with the menu that I make every month, and limiting our trips to Chipotle and Starbucks have helped tremendously. Those are my weaknesses, but it’s getting easier. I was dying to have Chick-Fil-A so that was our big splurge a couple of weeks ago. It was well worth the expense, just ask Lili! She got to experience it twice!

Apart from our honeymoon jar , we have some big financial goals this year, and I know that the only way we are going to achieve them is by sometimes saying no to the extras.  I will say though, that I am looking forward to 2015. Every dollar counts, and I know that we will be thankful next year that we were careful with our spending now. It is so exciting to have a plan for our finances, even if it’s not always very fun in the moment. Who am I kidding? It’s never fun in the moment!

Bella and I counted up the honeymoon jar together. It wasn’t my intention to teach the kids how to save through this rather lofty goal, however that is exactly what is happening. They are learning that it takes sacrifices to reach bigger goals, and sometimes we have to wait a long time to get what we want. In this case it may take an exceptionally long time!

On that note, how much do you think I managed to save this month? Last month our total was $63!

Drumroll Please…..

 

Our Grand Total so far is $97.16!

I am that much closer to sipping Pina Coladas poolside! I want to know. How do you save some extra cash? Do you have some financial goals for 2014? How do you plan on reaching them? Comment and share!

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8 thoughts on “Stealing From The Grocery Budget

  1. Amanda says:

    We have one week a month where we do what I call the “freezer cook-up.” We try to not grocery shop at all except for the very basic stuff (like the kids’ milk). Everything else I try to put together from whatever is in the freezer pantry. We have had some interesting “meals,” but this technique has helped me shave some money from my budget, at least $50 a month. I also stopped buying so many spices. I love to make homemade rubs/seasonings, but buying a $5-10 jar of spice over and over again just wound up being wasteful and expensive–not too mention crowding my kitchen pantry. Instead, I have about 10 standards that I know I use. I buy them in bulk and refill my containers. Other, more “exotic” spices, I buy from the bulk bins on an as-needed basis for recipes. For instance, we don’t use much Allspice. A jar is $5. I had a recipe that called for 1/4 teaspoon of Allspice. It cost a nickel to buy a tablespoon of Allspice at the bulk bins. I got what I needed with a little leftover in case I cook another recipe with Allspice. Just some ideas that worked for me! Good luck on saving for your special trip.

  2. Sooo… I have loved reading a couple of your blog posts! I thought that I would comment so that perhaps it would remind me to come back and read some more again? Weird? Maybe. 🙂
    Anyway… We are also saving! Our goal is to be completely debt free, student loans sometimes hang a black cloud over that goal but slowly we are hacking away! Saving money is frustrating, yes? Sometimes it is hard to say “sorry I can’t” when friends want to go out to the movies or to get pedicures. :/ BUT my husband and I are always reminding each other that it will be worth it!
    I don’t know if you have ever stumbled across the Dating Diva’s? They have some great date ideas… And even ones that you can do with a small budget or even at home! That is one way I save money while still investing in my marriage! 🙂
    Well… Since this is not my blog I had better stop writing…. There is a really cute 3-year old in Cheetah skirt next to me who is ready to play!
    Happy Blogging!

    • Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read! Also kudos on digging yourself over of debt. It isn’t easy, and takes so much time. But you can do it! And it will be worth it in the end!

      I haven’t read them yet, but I will! Thank you for sharing!

      And come back again!

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