Last year I wrote this post about my plans to stock up on $5 a week to see if I could make the kind of progress I hoped I could and not feel it quite so much. Well guess? It worked pretty slick, I tell you. We did so well with it that I am still reaping the benefits so I decided I'm going to keep on trucking!
You wouldn't think that you could make much of a difference with just $5 a week which averages only $20 to $25 a month, but it really does! I'll admit, I went into last year a bit skeptical, but I was also hopeful and determined.
The reason it worked out so well for me is that I love a challenge. Give me $5 and tell me I have to get as much of one thing as I can for that 5 bucks and my creative juices get to flowing.
I shopped the sales and stocked up on the loss leaders.
I used coupons along with the items on sale to really stretch my $5
I shopped at places other than my regular grocery store - Outlet Market & Dollar Tree
I saved up my $5 for two or three weeks and bought in bulk at Cash & Carry
I had a list and I marked items off and put the prices down too. I found that frequently I came in under the $5 which allowed me to compensate on the weeks I went a little bit over. It all worked out.
What do you think? Would setting aside $5 a week from your grocery budget to use only for stocking up be a benefit to you? Have any of you tried it?