I actually did this week's shop yesterday, since I knew we'd be at the lake all day today. I was super proud of myself. I made a menu, checked what I already had in and made a shopping list, guessed each item's price and concluded my shopping would cost $167.
|It was $160 before I remembered a few more things.|
I went to the grocery store, stuck to my list (only bought four things that weren't on the list - two of which I actually needed and simply forgot about) and only skipped one thing on the list because I couldn't find it. My total came to $162!
I call that a super success.
I also covered all the other little payments - bills, Fiona's monthly swim team fees, wedding present purchase (stayed under my budget by literally 1 cent!) and school lunch cash.
Now the plan is to stay away from stores and shops all week. This won't be easy. In fact, I had to go into one today. On the way to the lake, I realized I'd left Cailean's arm floaties at home. Not wanting to be miserable all day chasing after a drowning two-year-old, I stopped into a Dollar General to pick up some floaties. Luckily, with summer stock being replaced with Halloween (already?!), the floaties were 50% off - making them $1. I got two packs and... erm... a box of ding dongs. Impulse buy confession. They shouldn't have Little Debbie's snacks just RIGHT THERE at the checkout. That's playing dirty!
|Spider Man Floaties!|
|Swimming with Mimi.|
|That bad mother thing again.|
|Me and my beach babe.|
Thanks to my tripod, you see.