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Made it through January without buying groceries!

January 30th, 2013 at 02:26 pm

We made it through January without buying any groceries! Well I did buy 2 gallons of milk, but that is it. We got rid of so much food in our pantry and freezer. Out of the pantry, tons of soup, boxes of rice-a-roni, macaroni and cheese, dry noodle mixes, chicken helper, pasta sauces, oatmeal, cereal, and canned fruit. And out of the freezer, lots of chicken breasts, pot pies, TV dinners, shredded cheese and bags of veggies.
DH is making the call on what we will buy for February. He would like to go another whole month without buying anything except for milk. I think this is a great idea as we did find a lot of things that needed to be used up before they went bad, but it is very hard for me to pass up the super deals I see at the grocery store. I am not much of a "grocery" shopper. I normally keep the house pretty well stocked and then just go buy things when they are on super good sale and don't have to worry about ever making a $100+ shopping trip or buying things when they aren't on sale or I don't have coupons for. But DH knows what he is doing, so I will follow his lead on this one, so far it's working great. Smile

8 Responses to “Made it through January without buying groceries!”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    Wow. That's terrific. What did you do with the money you would have normally spent on food? I deliberately stock up on stuff, but I don't have enough to put one month's worth of food. I also buy a lot of fresh produce which does not keep well more than 1 week.

  2. Beawealthywarrior Says:

    That's great,yes do tell what did u do with the funds u saved?

  3. twest Says:

    Awesome! I wish we could do this too.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    That is amazing! I don't stock up that much, but if the world ends I know who to call.

  5. PNW mom Says:

    That's really impressive! Congratulations!

  6. Petunia 100 Says:

    Wow! Saved money and reduced "stuff". Two birds with one stone! Good job. Smile

  7. SavingsQueen Says:

    I am so impressed! You have also reminded me that WE have lots of cans in our pantry and stuff in our freezer. I wonder how long I could go feeding us off of just what we have???? Good "food" for thought!

  8. Banker Gurl Says:

    Thanks all! I am really happy with how it went, especially cause the kitchen will be coming up soon on my "cleaning/purging/organizing" quest, and that is a lot less stuff for me to have to go through now. Smile As far as what is happening with the money saved, I actually owe DH $500 in "allowance money" (he gets his track and cross country money from each paycheck and puts half in savings and half in "fun" money) from his 1/15/13 paycheck. I wasn't able to give it to him at the time because I needed the money to pay for Christmas bills and now I will be able to give it to him. So essentially the money saved from groceries went to Christmas bills. But that money would have had to come out of savings if it wasnt for cutting back so much. Our normal monthly CC bill is about $1400-$1600. For December it was $2500. For January it was $900!! Smile Smile Smile

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