How To Recover After You Blow Your Grocery Budget

Groceries. They are the one thing that can blow my grocery budget every single month. Well, groceries and dining out, but last week, it was groceries.

Let me tell you how it went down at the grocery store. I had my list, I knew what we needed and I knew how much to spend. We have it set that I have $125/week.

Last week I went to the grocery store, I had the list, I had everything on the list in the cart and then a couple extra items and a few items I doubled because we eat them so much. As i was checking out, the total came to $210!

After I did my freak out, I calculated how much I saved. I got out my phone and opened Ibotta and found I had save roughly $4 on food plus another $4 with paper coupons. So, there’s that.

If you haven’t heard of Ibotta is a FREE (my fav 4 letter F word) app that has coupons on it. Ibotta has saved me hundreds in the last 3 years since I started using it.

Coupons

- Buy milk at Walgreens. It’s always cheap there and I can get in and out without buying extra. - Write a list of produce we need and buy only that. - Bread. Buy 1 extra loaf to keep in the freezer.

This was my strategy

- Bought double on some items - Bought some extras not on the list - Bought prepackaged food (ex: frozen dinners)

This is a quick recap of how I blew the grocery budget

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