I wanted to enter the All You grocery challenge. Have you heard of it? The jist is you spend only 25 dollars per person over the age of one on groceries per week. I had super high hopes that Nick and I could do this. Alas I am not skilled enough in the ways of the Frugalista to take on the challenge.
One of the reasons I wanted to take part in the challenge was to blog about it. Instead I am going to blog about my journey toward becoming a Frugalista. Here is what I have learned so far:
1. Coupons save you dough and lots of it. I studied every couponing Mommy blog I could find and I learned the mystical ways of the couponing ladies. I no longer pay (much) for things like toothpaste, cleaning supplies, cereal, and pampers.
2. Stockpiling is not just for people who believe that the end times are upon us. Building up a stash of dry goods when they are on deep discount allows you to "shop" from your pantry. This is something that I have been working on lately and the biggest reason I wont be able to hold my own in the grocery challenge.
3. Eating out drains you dry. This one I have known for awhile. The cruddy thing is that Nick and I thoroughly enjoy eating out. It's our staple date as Nick doesn't enjoy going to the movies. Shopping and going to lunch is our together time out of the house. This one I need some help with. Any suggestions?
4. Cooking batch meals also saves you big piles of cash. Cook a big tray of lasagna, split it up and freeze it. Lunch for several weeks, tada! It's easy and economical. You choose when you eat your leftovers. One big reason I don't finish all my leftovers is that I get tired of eating the same thing. This saves me the monotony of spaghetti for six days straight O.o
5. Find free food :D We have a meal ministry at our Church every Monday. Once a month I cook something for the ministry but I can attend every week. I don't currently do this but I am going to talk to Nick about this as an option for us. We could assist in serving the meal and witness to people who come for the free meals.
6. I have a Victory garden. I love digging in the dirt. I have had a garden for as long as I can remember. My Mom and Dad started me with one row that turned into a small garden of my own by the time I was in Kindergarten. This year I am growing things that I hope to turn into baby food for Little Bit. Another thing I am doing with my garden this year is canning. Dad started teaching me how to can last year and for Christmas he bought me a canner! I was stoked. I am such a nerd. Amy oh Amy how does your garden grown? I am growing peas, black beans, green beans, cantaloupe, tomatoes, sugar baby pumpkins, acorn squash, peppers, and butternut squash.
That's what I have learned thus far. Any tips or tricks for me?