I made it through the first 20 days of 2013 without buying anything unnecessary, but then blew it with a Mickey D's sweet tea on 1/21. I'm still watching my money very carefully.
Meanwhile, I worked hard for the last two weeks to save money on my grocery shopping at Kroger. There are four of us in the family - my kids are 16 and 13 and eat like adults, so let's say four adults.
. I shopped on Tuesday for the 5% senior discount.
. I used $14 in manufacturers coupons. And learned that Kroger no longer allows double couponing.
. I bought the store sale items, stocking up.
In all, I saved $60. And that's really good for me.
However I still spent $250, and I didn't feel so good about that.
But when I shopped last week, again on Tuesday and using coupons on sale items, I only spent $100 for our weekly groceries ... because I had stocked up. That averages $175 each week, which is a huge savings over the $225-250 I normally spend per week.
And we still have food to prepare several meals.
Now I'm feeling really good about the $250. I learned you have to start the stockpile and then start the big savings. I'm learning as I go.