Monthly Archives: January 2013

What To Buy/Skip at the Dollar Store

dollar-tree-storeOk, recently I’ve expanded our shopping¬†repertoire¬†to include the Dollar Store… and with that comes the unfortunate task of figuring out what’s a quality $ Store buy and what I should avoid. ¬†I played it safe this last time – only buying sandwich bags and tin foil 8x8s (I use these to freeze foods for future meals). ¬†But fortunately I ran across this site that actually outlines some of the buys/skips for the $ Store. ¬†So happy that I stumbled onto it, now I know what’s a good purchase or not!

Kids List of 100 Things To Do w/o TV

I was browsing around when I came across this site listing the 100 things her kids decided to play while having no access to TV for a week. ¬†It’s a pretty great list and imo it’s really cool to see what things kids will come up with for entertainment… like “line up all the little people in a parade”. ¬†I remember doing stuff like that as a kid but I’ve completely forgotten that it can be an hour long activity full of wonder!

Update on How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Ok folks. ¬†So here’s the deal: ¬†One of the reasons I started this site was to address and document the many ways/attempts and successes/failures as I try to get our house in gear. ¬†One of the things I’ve been trying recently is shopping on a budget and I’ve expanded it to shopping just 2 times a month (inspired by¬†How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half)

I planned our meals and grocery list for the whole month, then split it in two based on what was needed for each half.  I also estimated (based on past grocery trips) how much each item on the list would cost so I had an idea of what we would be spending.  I wanted to make sure that it would work within our budget and, if needed, I would switch up a couple of meals for less expensive options.

This last week I went grocery shopping with a list for the first half of the month and I hit up: the Dollar Store, Fred Meyer and Costco. ¬†Before shopping I pulled out $300 cash – because that was ALL that I was spending on this trip – this is the bigger of the two trips this month. ¬†I have to share – it was a SUCCESS! ¬†I came in¬†under budget (I was so paranoid about what would happen if I overspent… I didn’t want to have to choose on-the-spot what to not buy…) I had to skip a couple of things that would have been healthy impulse buys (like the grapefruit cups at Costco) but I’m so proud that I was able to stay within my limits and stock us up for at least 2 weeks. ¬†Some of the purchases I made are actually things that will last MUCH longer; like the 25lbs of flour and 25lbs of sugar – I don’t anticipate using all that in one month…

So, stay tuned for the next installment and whether I am able to stay on budget for the whole month… “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”