After trying out Natural Grocers last week, I’m going back to my tried-and-true stores: Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market. There’s something to be said for grocery shopping in familiar territory; knowing where everything is makes the shopping trip much more efficient, both in time and money. A well stocked pantry (dried beans, pasta, dried herbs) also helped with meal planning and staying on budget this week.
Managing basic expenses well can make all the difference, either in making ends meet or being able to save for the future. Both are important and no matter what camp you fall into, learning how to be more efficient about each dollar you spend can help you succeed.
The top three expenditures in a US household are housing, transportation and food.
Weekly Grocery Haul
I had a pretty epic grocery shopping trip last week. By that, I mean that I got a ton of stuff on sale. Since so many thins I usually buy were on sale, I bought extra. So, this week, I was able to go lighter and keep my grocery bill low. We had two leftover nights last week too, which means I was able to save a meal or two for the meal plan this week. I’m really excited about the money saved because – you guessed right – it’s going straight toward a credit card. That’s the debt repayment tactic here – any extra penny is being put toward debt.