But that’s life. I’m not going to sacrifice this special year with my daughter for my own love of free tuna.
I have to adjust. And in all of my despair, I somehow had forgotten that when I first started couponing, I didn’t go to the big stores, but saved tons shopping loss leaders here and working the CVS and Walgreens games.
So what’s my big fat financial goal? Get the most out of our grocery budget while using the resources I have . . . and enjoy the challenge.
- Stick with cash. Rather than using my debit card and keeping a running balance in my head (which never ever works so I don’t know why I keep thinking it will), I’m going back to the envelope system for groceries.
- Play the drugstore games again. I’ve gotten out of the habit, but we’re starting to run low on toothpaste, so it’s time to start again anyway. With the big stores available to me, I had stopped analyzing the drugstore cereal, granola bar, and peanut butter type deals.
- MENU PLAN. Really, planning a menu automatically saves money. Although I’ve been doing well with menu-planning since realizing how much of a difference it makes in my quest for order in our home, I now need the double benefit of saving money.
- Be aware of the really big sales that are worth a special trip. 30 minutes is too far to justify driving weekly for a few dollars in savings, but if the savings are significant, I can make a special trip.
- Be content. We may run low on fruit snacks this year, but we’ll live.
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