Monday, November 03, 2008

$60

I have a new November goal. Everyone hang on to your britches - my goal is to only spend $60 at the grocery store this month. I have been shopping like crazy for a month or so and my storage shelves in the basement are full. My pantry is full, my cupboards are so full things fall on my head when I open them. My freezer is so full that I can not even put in a package of corn dogs on sale at Smiths! It is time to live off of my shelves! I do have one exception - if tuna goes on sale for a good price, I have to buy some that will not be included in my $60. We are running VERY low on tuna, and I LOVE tuna!







Two friends and myself do a dinner meal swap on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. I make myself and their 2 families dinner on Wednesdays. It will be so fun and interesting not to run to Smiths on Tuesday afternoon with my meal list. My goal will also encompass Thanksgiving Dinner. Whatever assignment Tori gives me will have to purchased from my basement! I am pretty excited about this monthly goal. We spend way too much on food and more food and just stuff.







I have already gone to Smiths today and purchased 2 gallons of milk, a loaf of bread, some bananas, and a donut for Kendal for $7.95. (I had ONE bite!) I have $52. 05 and 28 days to go! Wish me luck! Maybe some of you don't spend as much as I do at the grocery store and you think I am silly. I haven't kept track of how much I spend at the store since we lived in Oregon, but I am guessing it is easily over $300.00. Some of you penny pinchers may scoff at my $60, but I still have to buy diapers for my 3 1/2 year old! That dang Topamax - we are blaming it on the medication, not her stubbornness!

13 comments:

Tori said...

I am so jealous of your food storage!! That looks so good! Puts mine to shame.

Good luck with your goal! You can do it!!

cogmen said...

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mom said...

Your dad said that your grandma Chappell would be proud,,,,, and also that cupboard in the kitchen with everyting falling out kinda resembles mine.
And good luck,,,,,, don't forget to get some chocolate,,, its a daily necessity.

Adree said...

I am sooooooo impressed. I pretty sure I spend close to $400 a month on food and stuff from walmart. It crazy I know.

Anonymous said...

Rachel

In most countries there are actual laws against hoarding. I put a web link below that describes these laws and why they came about. I would hope you might learn from it and stop hoarding. Oh also if I remember one of the 7 deadly sins is "Gluttony". I think your food storage would apply to this also. Though your temporal welfare seems to be ok, I believe your spiritual and well being may be called into question

Mark Jones

http://www.luc.edu/law/activities/publications/clrdocs/vol19issue2/keith_sharfman.pdf

Camille said...

Wow -- your food storage looks like a little Rue's Market right there in your basement. If I had that much room to store, I would be shopping the sales like crazy. We keep track of groceries and it is around $400 a month. I do have to attribute some of that to the fact that everything costs more in the east than the west -- we're getting ripped off out here :)

Anonymous said...

Mark Jones, you have had it! The simplified, non-accountant definition I found of hoarding says - if you are not going to use it within 5 years, it is considered hoarding. As for the gluttony, there is only ONE bag of oreos down there and cases or potato pearls. I promise not to indulge too much on the potato pearls! Thanks for the email with the rest of the address attached. I just finished reading about The Talmudic Ban Against Hoarding - very enlightening I must say. The Morality of Hoarding section was also magnificent. Thanks for keeping my temporal and spiritual welfare in your prayers.
Your fellow McCain voting friend - Rachel

Anonymous said...

Oh Mark, I know you are a ketchup man. Stop by and get some when Obama outlaws the purchase of ketchup along with firearms.

Rachel

mom again said...

Marion said,,,Your grandpa Chappell always said "The grainery is never so full, that you can't thresh another bundle against the door."
Keep up the good work.

Jenny said...

I think it is all well and good I am just worried about wednesdays for the food swap???? Maybe we should skip the month of Nov. I am extremly impressed on your shelves downstairs! I HAD NO IDEA, you have been busy! Way to go. I have slacked off on buying stuff because I don't want to move it. Your shelves make me want to buy more.

Krista said...

All I have to say is, Wow! I know where we are headed if there is ever a food shortage! Hope you have lots of Ramen!

Kellee and Courtney said...

holy hoarder. If I had that kind of space for food storage I would be excited let alone having it bursting at the seams. Maybe someday I will grow up and be able to be as responsible as you. Great job.

Grama36 said...

Gramdma Chappell is very proud of you and your food storage. now I am commiting the sin coviting.. Mine looks like nothing compared to yours..I need a husaband that can see the big picture.. I am getting there tho.. Good luck on the $60. tho.

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