This week I did well, but I still found it challenging. As many of you know, we are in the middle of moving into our first home. Things have been really crazy. The thing that I have found to be most challenging is planning on meals on the go.
The first day I did fabulously. We spent about $65 on groceries this week which keeps me well below my goal of $200 this week. The problem I ran into was we ended up eating out a few times this week because of all the chaos with the move.
I wasn’t really happy that we had to eat out, but to be honest we really didn’t have many other options. We were really starving, and nothing was thawed at the new house. We did well the first time, and only picked up Little Caesars Pizzas for $5 each. That’s pretty economical to feed a family of 5 for only $2 a person.
Last night we didn’t fair as well. The kids really wanted to eat at Golden Corral and they had helped ALL day raking the leaves in our huge backyard (almost 1/4 acre) so we gave in, and took them to Golden Corral. Let’s just say as much as we paid I made sure that we ate our money’s worth!
In my defense, the first day we were doing house work we did really well and brought sandwich meat, bread, and chips to the new house so we didn’t eat out. I at least had forethought on one of the days we were working on the new house. That counts right?!?
So, bottom line is as far as grocery purchases we are still doing well. My amount spent is at about $65 dollars, but if you count the eating out we are WELL beyond my goal of $200 for the month. Like anything in life, the morale of the story with budgeting and trying to stretch your budget is to learn from your missteps. In this case, I have learned that even though moving can be challenging having a little bit of planning for meals on the go will really help your budget. It’s also important to learn that things may not always go as you planned, and it’s ok to pick up the pieces, learn your lessons and then move onto the next week with a clean slate!
The whole of living a frugal lifestyle is to attempt to get the most bang for your buck while learning all the lessons you can along the way! It’s not about perfection, it’s about changing how you live and moving forward! Here’s to a strong week two!
Check out how everyone else did during their first week!