My grocery budget challenge has been a perplexing exercise this week. In the beginning I felt I was doomed to fail because the day after writing my fantastic challenge I was itching for my next fix to go grocery shopping. Ludicrous I know but that’s how it felt.
By the end of the week I didn’t want to go shopping at all and wouldn’t have if I hadn’t wanted bananas for my morning Weetbix. What surprised me was that it felt like a chore as I went from one supermarket to the other. Strange because I usually get my little thrills perusing aisles hunting for the good deals when I see them.
Also having a set budget meant I had to think of what I truly needed. I found myself adding and removing accordingly when I would’ve normally just bought something. It also meant being 100% strict and only sticking to my list which was not easy when the temptation was there when I saw something good on sale.
Points to note:
- The bonus of this challenge kept me from spending altogether. Win Win!
- My personal allowance was used on stuff I wanted with not a muffin in sight, but I did spend it all and am now .25 cents over budget. Hmm I wonder where I can make it up from.
- It was easy! Maybe the better idea would be to lower the amount but for now will see how the next week goes!
Without a further ado this is how my first week went on my challenge.
Sunday 2 October
07:53 I wake up thinking about breakfast, Weetbix with a banana sliced on top. Waiting for the kettle to boil and my mind wanders to whether I should buy something. I start chanting to myself. Do not buy food. Do not buy food!
14:55 Still thinking about buying food. Talking to my bestie only managed to keep me occupied for a few hours.
16:30 I caved and went to the grocery store. I have $10 Woolworths dollars to spend so at least the out of pocket amount was minimal.
Money Spent $1.12 (Woolworths dollars included the total would be $11.12)
Monday 3 October
15:18 I was actually happy to be at work to keep my mind off grocery shopping. Seriously could this not be more ridiculous?
Money spent $0
Tuesday 4 October
Mild jitters all day. I helped myself to someone else’s Crunchies, some sugar to focus on, my brain is satisfied.
Money spent $0
Wednesday 5 October
12:18 Today all is normal and it’s time to check the catalogues.
Helpful tip: The supermarkets release their specials every Wednesday for your perusal online.
**Specials of note:
Tim Tams are on special at Woolworths and Coles have Connoisseur Magnums on special for $3.99. What does that say about me when the first thing I spot are the goodies? Still I lick up lips in anticipation. Must find way to include in budget. Do I need to go meatless this week?
Money spent $0
Thursday 6 October
07:36 I want to kill a crow. If only I could catch the little
bastard sod. My eyeballs are hanging below my face all because he is crowing at this unearthly hour. Is he taunting me? I need sleep. I don’t care about anything else
Money spent $0
Friday 7 October
14:19 Today has been a very interesting experience. I found myself not wanting to do any grocery shopping at all. There were a few errands that needed running so I did them all at once. All the supermarkets I went to are based in the same mall. I usually hit 2 of them but 3 in one day is a bit of a nuisance. Still it’s all over and done with for the week.
Money Spent: Woolworths $7.25, Aldis $15.32, Coles $12.62 ($10 Fly Buy dollars meant the actual amount is $22.62)
Saturday 8 October
10: 49 For some silly reason I looked at the Woolworths catalogue again and saw a good price on laundry detergent. So I went back today. Then because I just had to do that I ended up buying more bloody Tim Tams, and Pringles gosh darn it!
Grand total $
Edit: After rechecking my numbers I have made an astounding discovery. I actually went over my challenge and that’s not inclusive of my Supermarket dollars. I have now fixed the numbers and am appalled that I somehow overlooked this. But a bank statement does not lie. It’s all there in black and white. It seems this week was a big fail! Though I am sure that the actual amount was $11.32 on Saturday but I have no receipt to refer to.
Next time I will be diligent about checking all receipts!
Next week may turn out to be a little harder as I have no supermarket dollars left to spend, still I think I pretty much got this!