Here are my rules...
***NOTE: I don't have a separate budget for household items, diapers and medicine. These are all included***
1-Go to the ATM and withdraw $140 cash. (Not sure why I chose this amount, it's just a goal I'd like to keep) This has to last us for 2 weeks. Why cash? Because that is the only true way of keeping track of how much you've spent and what you've got left to spend. Plus, if you run out of cash IT'S GONE; THAT's IT, and you are more likely to spend less money so you can stretch that dollar=)
2-Go to Aldi and stock up on pantry essentials to last us for 2 weeks plus produce and perishables to last for one week.
3-Hit up the rock bottom deals from the Grocery Game at Harris Teeter on the way home.
4-The leftover cash I have after I've made these 2 stops will be to get produce and any rock bottom deals at Harris Teeter the following week.
First 2 week results - Went $3 over budget (this included my weekly CVS trips)
Second 2 week results - Went $10 over budget (this included the food I made for our Thanksgiving get-together at the Via's, the stuff I made for Areyna's Thanksgiving feast at her school and the $1.86 I spent for a TON of FREE stuff at CVS last week)
I love that I don't have to feel rushed to get to the grocery store every week and that it takes less time to prepare for this trip. I think I'll stick with it.
At this rate I'll be averaging right around $280 for groceries a month.
Do you grocery shop every week, 2 times a month or 1 big time a month? I'd love to hear your input...