Grocery Deals & Budget Check Up: Are You Satisfied With Your Penny Pinching?

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In addition to all the produce I stocked up on at Aldi’s yesterday, here’s what I grabbed at Publix for $29.58 plus tax (which isn’t all that exciting, but according to my receipt I saved $62.63, which makes my savings around 70%!)  And here’s what we’re donating this week . . .




My hubby and I had a “budget” meeting yesterday, and realized that while we’re saving [rettu substantially on our groceries, we’re spending more than we’d like on other items.  (Primarily on eating out, extra expenses for our kids activities, and little splurges that just haven’t been planned for in the budget.)  Since it’s payday today, we’re determined to get our act together!  Here’s how we’re hoping to tame that a wee bit over the next few weeks:

  1. Planning quick meals on busy weeknights so that we eat at home.  For our family of five, eating out is undoubtedly what ruins our weekly budget more quickly than anything else.  Yesterday I thought ahead and grabbed a $5 pizza at Aldi’s, which will easily save us $20 tonight at the drive thru.  I’m determined to say no to eating out more often (which is so hard to do some days!)
  2. Packing lunches for work.  My husband has gotten out of this habit recently, so I’ve got to work on having more items in the pantry for him to easily pack his lunches at least three days each week.
  3. Preparing snacks to take to the ball park. As baseball & soccer season are both in full swing right now, snacks at the ball fields have started to become a budget buster!  I just packed up all that leftover Easter candy so that my kids have no reason to beg for junk at the concession stand.
  4. Making wise decisions about which activities our kids need to do, and not always feeling guilty if we choose to say no. (YIKES!)  This one’s been big around here the last few weeks and frustrates me because they really don’t need to do it all! (Do I hear an AMEN out there anywhere?) ;)  



How are you feeling about your grocery budget and household budget in general right now?  I’m hoping to share in a few weeks that we’ve become more focused, because I hate wasting money. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one! :)



New to couponing? Start out by checking out all Publix matchups over HERE, and also take a minute to visit this week’s top Kroger deals and Drug Store Deals.  You can also check out my beginners series over HERE.

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