I don't know about you, but I've sure noticed that the price of groceries just keeps going up. I've been slowly slipping off of my budget so I am hopping back on.
It all starts with being mindful – you can save a lot of money if you do just that one thing.
How much does it really cost?
If you shop with cash, it becomes very apparent… fast.
I didn't count today as a full out money saving trip because
- I was stocking up because winter is here and we just spent a few days snowed in at home. I wanted to get some extra items in the house in case we can't get out the day before shopping day – that's when it always seems to happen!
- I used my store credit card because I knew it would be more than usual and I wanted the points – those darn points can be a hard habit to break.
- I didn't have a store flyer so I wasn't able to shop the specials in particular like I normally will be.
HERE'S WHAT I SAVED AND WHY
$10 on a plant that I normally would have bought. Actually, I did buy one, as you can see, it was well worth it and I had been looking specifically for a plant for this table and
something Christmassy to boot (another key, remember not to shop willy nilly – always have a purpose) – but I didn't buy the other one they had as I normally would have. $10 saved.
Why? Because I took about 30 seconds to think about it and ask myself, do I really need it?
I didn't buy ANY junk food or snacks. No granola bars, no cookies, no nothing. I did buy some baking things so that I can do some baking – less money, less garbage, less junk food. Approx $10-20 saved.
WHY? Because I've changed the rules about what I will and won't spend money on (and going without the kids didn't hurt!). It's that easy.
TOTAL $20 – $30 saved just from changing my mindset and nothing else before I walked into the store.
Try it and let us know what YOU save…
COMING UP – When I was shopping I not only saved money that I normally would have spent – I got a really great money saving tip from a shopper after I let her go ahead of me. Being nice pays big!
Stay tuned and I'll tell you all about it coming up…
HOW ABOUT YOU?
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You really can make change – your own. I hope that you give it a shot and start using your money to work FOR you, it's yours after all.
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