As I had expressed in my post last week, I was going to pare down my pantry purchases and reduce my grocery budget for the month of April. This was due to the fact that we would be eating out (several birthdays this month), having Easter at my mom’s and we are also taking a mini vacation this month. I have also found myself purchasing many things just because they are deals. I will use them, but it will take quite a long time to do so. My plan is to try to eat more from the pantry and freezer and using what we’ll grow in the garden. Therefore, my grocery budget should shrink. I went ahead and reduced it by $10 this week, leaving me $50 to spend. Here’s what I got:
Total spent: $50.30 (I know! Maybe I’ll get that $.30 back next week). Total saved $35.07 (41%). This is definitely lower than my average 50% savings, but that’s because I only grabbed three pantry deals. (A girl can’t quit cold turkey!) BUT, I can honestly say that I only shopped the perimeters of the store and did not even enter any of the other aisles. I think the owners are on to that trick though…dang end cap displays!
So there you have it. My first attempt at not seeking out as many deals as I can. I have to say, I think I was pretty successful. I would have spent even less if I didn’t have to buy certain items for my daughter’s requested home cooked birthday meal. (Poor college girl, misses real food that much that she requested it for her birthday! hahaha) Hopefully, the total will keep on going down!