Thursday, July 8, 2010

It's the little things

It really is the little things that make me happy.

I've been trying hard to stick to a budget and get our spending to a min. This will hopefully help when our baby arrives and income gets cut.

One area I've been working on is our grocery bill. I've been trying to go every two weeks when we get paid and stretch it further if I can. I am trying to spend $200 a month and I only use Patrick's tip money for groceries. Last time I went I went a little over because I had to buy Kirby's food. I spent $115. That means this time I could spend $85. I counted Patrick's tips last night... $85. So when I made out the list I tried to not add anything we didn't really need. I also added up in my head how much I thought each item would cost. It was around $85. Great!

On my lunch break I went to Kroger and had 40 min or so to get all this done. I added and subtracted as I went along. As the lady was ringing up my items, I was watching the total. I thought the Kroger discount had already come off when the total came to $98 I was a little bummed but it was still under $100. Then she pushed a button and off came the discounts. I was so excited. My new total was $85.00 EVEN. I was so happy. I called Patrick and my mom and told them all about it. I told Patrick I knew I was a dork getting excited about a grocery bill total, but I guess that's what my life is coming to. :)

ah, the little things.


  1. That's so great! I do the same thing, I'm so glad I'm not the only one out there who adds up a total of each item before even going to the store! :) Do you make a menu for your family? I do, it helps me stay organized. It also cuts the time in the store! YAY! Good Stuff! ;)

  2. Too funny! I get excited about the silly little things too ;)

  3. Wow, that is exciting! I would be really pumped after something like that!

  4. God is great isn't He? He completely worked that out for you!! :)

  5. Awesome! I love that little Kroger card! I make a menu too and stick to the list! Kids cry when I say "No" to extras, but it's tough love. Coupons help too! Good way to keep the kids busy...clip,clip,clip...

  6. Hi Hannah =) Just read this and thought you might be interested in hardcore couponing! I myself am going to try it, but my sister-in-law and her family does it and it is INSANE. They get all sorts of stuff for literally more than 1/2 off or even free. I'm still working it out myself, but you can go to and it'll give you a decent overview. They also do couponing classes all over the country; i'm pretty sure that they have links on there. Anyway, just thought i'd pass it along. Every Blessing to you and your family =) --jessica