Thursday I went to the farmer's market and picked up two bunches of fresh Ontario asparagus for $5.00 and a loaf of fresh bread reduced to $2.00. On the way home we stopped at Food Basics because we were out of milk ($3.97), and faced one of the perils of making extra shopping stops: the extra purchases! We grabbed another bag of cookies, still on sale for $1.99.
Thursday total: $12.96
Friday I went to Food Basics and picked up my potatoes, and while I was at it I got a few more things:
- White potatoes, 10 lb bags, 2 for $3.00 = $3.00
- Bananas = $2.28
- Lemons and limes, reduced for quick sale = $.79
- Lemons (nice, shiny, new, 3) = $0.99
- Food Basics TOTAL = $7.06
- Europe's Best Frozen Vegetables, 4 for $1.99-$1.00 each = $3.96
- Bread (50% 0ff) = $1.34
- Sour Cream = $1.99
- Snap lids for canning = $1.49 + $0.19 taxes
- Zehrs TOTAL = $8.97
Total spent this week, $28.99
Total spent to date = $62.13
Humm... this isn't looking good for my challenge! Especially as I just ran out of baking powder and sugar (white and brown)....
One thing I am realizing is that I tend to buy extras on each shopping trip. I had read that reducing your shopping trips reduces spending. I think this is one reason meal planning saves you money. I made 4 stops this week on three different days. I spent about $10 on "extras" this week. Many of those purchases were reasonable purchases, and none were particularly extravagant, but it was extra!
Next week I am going to try doing all of my shopping on one day, even if it requires multiple stops. I feel that this may reduce my chances of spending as much on extras.
If I am lucky, there won't be any good deals in the flyers!