After the struggle we had last week I am glad to say that things are definitely looking better today.
Instead of replacing the washer, we decided to have a repairman check it out to determine if it was worth the repair. I am excited to say that he came this morning and it is a belt which will cost $20. So along with his labor we are around $100 to repair, saving us $500 if we had chosen to replace.
I feel like I am finally controlling the grocery budget. The first thing that has made a huge difference is use “Alexa” to keep up with what items need to be on my grocery list. I have gotten in the habit of adding items as they are used up to the grocery list and then printing before going to the store. I save time and money by not purchasing items not needed! In January we spent $230 on groceries and so far this month we have spent $171! This is a significant reduction in our spending from last year! I do anticipate a COSTCO trip at the end of the month but I also have a Costco list going on the Alexa so that should help as well.
My mother has been watching food prices and let me know that Aldai had ground beef for $1.49 a pound this week. The limit was 2-5 pound tubes. I was able to purchase 5 tubes between myself, mom and Matt today. This is the absolute lowest I have seen ground beef in several years. I did a quick check of the freezer to determine what we needed. I was able to process 25 # today. We have taco meat, Matt’s chill and my chill. Baked beans for lunch tomorrow and 9 bags of cooked meat to use to help with a quick meal on our busy days.
Matt was able to use some wood from the building to make 2 additional Minnie Ear holders for Kendall’s wall and a shelf for Zach’s room. I will try and post pictures as soon as they both get painted.
Finally, I remember to add digital coupons and offers prior to heading to Food Lion today. My receipt says that I save $26.00 and I earned $4. in rewards!
How did you save money today?