The past couple of weeks I’ve noticed more people using calculators and shopping with a list when they buy groceries. One family had a 7 year old daughter who was in charge of the calculator. The parents would call out the prices as they put things in the cart and she would input them and give them a running total. Seeing things like this is a personal victory for me. Everything I’ve been advocating for the past 20 years really does work and as the cost of food rises more people become willing to manage their funds and their personal food supply. Whoo Hoo! Success!
My Question is, are there things you’re doing now that you didn’t do last year, that are helping you control you grocery budget?
I’m shopping with a list every single time and doing my darnedest to NEVER stray from the list. I admit to being susceptible to impulse buys. These days I’m really guarding myself though. I succumbed to temptation the last time I was at the market, putting a couple of drink mixes into my cart. Then when I saw the little girl faithfully working her calculator for her parents I repented and put the mixes back on the shelf. I haven’t missed them either. I didn’t need them, they were just enticing and I fell in their trap, like a fly falling for the ruse of a Venus Fly Trap. I’ve even written about avoiding beverage mixes, but it’s just so easy to be tempted at the supermarket.
I’m also trying to be more faithful about planning meals. I know for some folks this doesn’t work, but for me it helps a lot.
The other thing I’m doing to save cash right now is using fabric already in my stash for all of my current sewing. I changed sizes over the winter and my summer things from last year don’t fit the same. Some simply fit better, but many are too big. I’m taking in what I can and working on new items in my spare time. Current project is a jumper made from a tiny tulip print. I’ve finished the bodice but hope to finish the skirt today. Will share pictures next week. I made it smaller than the last project (purple dress) and hopefully it will fit better. I have a blouse pattern I’m going to try soon, and am looking through my fabric stash to see what I have that would make nice jumpers. I’d like to have half a dozen because they are so easy to wear, and much easier to sew than dresses. If I get this pattern right then I’ll be able to cut out and sew up several in a row. I make each item individually instead of making several at once because I find I’m more careful and get better results that way.
So what is everyone else doing to save money at the market that they weren’t doing last year?