Weekly Spending: Spend less money on groceries
This week I spent about $75 on entertainment. Of that, $50 was on books and $15 was on bank fees that really could have been avoided. After that, I spent $10 on a pizza for my daughter and her friends one day. I packed my lunch all this week and brewed Tim Horton’s coffee at home which cut down significantly on what I would normally spend on crap during the day.
We also ventured into our first “shop the sales” adventure this week by going through all the flyers to find good deals. We ended up going to Walmart, Sobeys, Shoppers Drug Mart, and No Frills. Husband went one way and I went the other to get everything accomplished. Altogether we spent about $150 on groceries. I learned a few things from our first venture into flyer shopping:
1. Always read the fine print. If you don’t pay attention to the whole ad in the flyer or on the little sign at the store, you’re going to end up buying the wrong item. I’m not really a details person so I did this more than once. Thankfully I realized this before going up to the cash register to purchase my erroneous item.
2. Not all sales and prices are created equal. While a 2 for 1 deal might seem swell at first, the brand on sale might not be the bargain you hoped for when compared to other lower-priced brands available (regularly priced or not).
3. Go early. Apparently, I’m not the only one reading the flyers. By noon on Sunday, people have already descended like a swarm of locusts on the super sale items and cleared everything out. Good luck trying to find anything after that point.
We didn’t do a lot of driving or waste a lot of gas to accomplish our first frugal shop; we live in a small city so everything was within fifteen minutes of the house. As we go along and learn more, I imagine we’ll get a lot more skilled at prioritizing our shopping and finding the best deals that work for us.
Life Under Construction:
I decided that my new blog posting schedule will be Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Sunday and Friday will consist of my Weekly Update and Sweet Savage Love which are less labour-intensive posts. Wednesday will be my whale post. I’m going to try this for a while and see how this goes. Hopefully this will be more sustainable over the long term for me.
Monthly Challenge: Spend Less Money on Entertainment
I’ve been thinking about my entertainment spending and how I tend to spend only on food during the week. If I were to cut out food spending, I bet I could stretch my entertainment budget a lot further. So for the next month, I am going to reduce my entertainment budget to $50 a week.
I want to get more creative with how I spend my time and money. Reducing my spending to $50 a week will require far more prioritizing and planning on my part. I want to push myself outside of my comfort zone and find new ways of having fun on a frugal budget. I plan on starting this week and going through until the September. Wish me luck!