When I told my dear buddy ole pal, Kristen D, that I was going to start the grocery posts back up, her response was: “Oh, I bet your husband is happy to hear that.”
When I told my beloved prince charming, Mr. B, that I told Kristen D that I was going to do grocery posts and her response was: “Oh, I bet your husband is happy to hear that”, his response was, in fact, “I AM happy to hear that!”
This is likely because the grocery posts have become the most efficient way for me to track our grocery and home spending. The process goes like this: I spend money. I take a picture of what I spent money on. I write a blog about what I spent money on. I enter the amount of money I spent into our budget once the blog is posted because I’m already comfily sat here at my computer so it all just makes sense.
Except that laaaaaaately, the process has looked more like this: I spend money. I try to take a picture of what I spent money on. My phone tells me I have no more room for pictures. I have to clear up some space if I want to take new pictures. Sure thing, phone. I’ll just delete some of these older pictures. But first, I have sure my older photos have loaded to Dropbox. Then I spend approximately six hours organizing my Dropbox. I look at old pictures of my children when they were babies. I look at pictures of myself and Mr. B before we were married. Generally, I do not look at pictures of my groceries. I just put them in their folder and move on to the main attraction. Because mostly, I look at alllllllll the pictures from Disney trips past. Then I get thinking about our much delayed 2020 Disney trip.
Then I go on the Disney website, to look at our 2021 reservations, and to debate if we should move the dates to 2022. I compare hotels and send myself into the endless debate spiral about which resort is best for us on this specific trip. At some point, I maybe get the theme tune from Up stuck in my head. Then I have to tell Alexa to play the theme tune from Up. But Alexa thinks I want to hear Shania Twain’s “Up!” Which I didn’t. But now that I am, I remember I used to like Shania Twain. What’s Shania Twain been up to?
So I Google Shania Twain. Oh, it looks like Shania Twain was recently in a movie about Jeremy Camp. I like Jeremy Camp. So I tell Alexa to play Jeremy Camp. And then I remember that I need to message back my cousin’s wife, who is a summer camp director, about some family business. They’re putting together a collage of pictures for my Aunt and Uncle’s wedding anniversary. So I pull out my phone, which reminds me that I haven’t taken the pictures of the groceries yet.
I take a picture of the groceries.
Then I sit down to write a blog about the groceries that I bought. Oh, but I have to message my cousin’s wife, the camp director, real quick. Alexa, play “Message in a Bottle” by the Police. Man, what has Sting been up to lately?
- Angus Steak, 5.06 lb -$25.29. In-store sale, $4.99 a pound.
- Avocados (3)-$2.97.
- Bananas, 2.19 lb-$1.29.
- Beechnut Baby Food Pouches (5)-$3.75. In-store sale, $.75 each.
- Blackberries, 6 oz (5)-$6. In-store sale, $1.50 each.
- Boar’s Head Maple Turkey, .5 lb-$5.29.
- Boar’s Head Pepperoni, .5 lb-$4.65.
- Fuji Apples, 5.36 lb-$4.13. In-store sale, $.77 a pound.
- Granny Smith Apples, 2.82 lb-$2.17. In-store sale, $.77 a pound.
- Heritage Farm Chicken Breasts, 4.94 lb -$9.85.
- Honey Bunches of Oats (4)-$7.16. *Digital Coupon* to be used up to five times for $1 off brought them down to $1.79 each.
- Hot Dog Buns, 8 count (2)-$5.58. This is outrageous for hot dog buns. In lieu of trick or treating, we did a campfire for our girls in the backyard. In our fire pit; don’t worry, we were totally safe. So I needed hot dog buns. But it looks like everyone else in my town had the same idea because when I went to purchase said buns, there were only these fancy expensive ones left.
- Kroger Golden Yukon Potatoes, 5 lb-$4.49.
- Kroger Marshmallows-$1.49.
- Red Leaf Lettuce, .83 lb-$1.40.
- Red Wine-$7.99.
- Roma Tomato, 1.23 lb-$1.22.
- Simple Truth Fruit Spread-$3.09. *Digital Coupon* for $.50 off.
- Simple Truth Pasta-$1.39.
- Vidal Onions, 1.71 lb -$1.69.
- Apps I’ll submit to: Fetch Rewards, CoinOut, Dabbl
Total Budget: $69.26
Total Spent: $103.32
Total Saved: $50.55
Deducted from Another Budget this Month: $34.06
Would you look at that? I never even talked finances. Something to look forward to for the next post! Mr. B has waited this long, he can wait one more post. ;)
What basic tasks distract you from other basic tasks? Tell me I am not the only one who falls down the “if you give a dog a donught” rabbit hole!
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey three years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!