It’s relatively easy to do anything once.
Doing something day in day out, week after week, takes a little more effort.
That’s what forming habits are all about. A habit is something you don’t have to think about, you just do it.
I’m probably not quite there yet with making the reduced grocery spend a habit – not yet anyway. Hitting a target of £50 each week is still a challenge.
How do I meet that challenge now the honeymoon period is over?
1. Meal Plan – I can’t emphasis this enough. Without meal planning I couldn’t keep within my £50 budget. There’s little room for error, every purchase counts, even item has to have a purpose and place.
2. Monitor store cupboard supplies – To spend 50% less on groceries for a week isn’t too difficult, but as store cupboard supplies diminish it gets harder, things need replenishing. By having a system where you replenish a little each week rather all at once helps to flatten the natural spikes in spending patterns.
3. We are eating less – It really is that simple. I’ve noticed we eat less, which is no bad thing. The portion sizes have reduced, and the snacking is much less. We’ve never been big snackers anyway, but now our groceries have to last 7 days we are even more mindful of what we choose to nibble on.
To spend less is a decision, and planning with a good injection of willpower keeps you on track…
Let me introduce you to this weeks groceries!
£7.93 – Cooltrader (Cold and Frozen Items)
£8.29 – Market (Fruit and Vegetables)
£10.95 – Butchers (Meat)
Total = £50.98
Okay so 98p over – but this is due to an extra box of 99p Bran Flakes that the Hubby insisted I buy. He’s struggling to keep to just one box a week (he needs just a little bit extra), I wasn’t happy when I tallied up and realised it was his request that had taken me over budget!!
(*I will also have to replenish milk and maybe bread this week so likely to spend another £3 approx)
Talking about the Hubby he posed a question the other day that made me think. He asked whether the reduction in spend was mainly due to the way I am now shopping (going to 4 separate locations), or whether I was actually just purchasing much less. Could I stick to £50 by going back to online shopping at my usual supermarket? Could I do it by using the local farm shop? Could I do it by shopping at a low-cost supermarket but get all my groceries from one store? I love an experiment, so watch this space!
Have a great Halloween y’all – if it’s your thing (it is here as any opportunity to have a bit of fun is very much welcomed) 🙂