29 Jan 2014

Frugal Living February Challenge

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Today my husband went food shopping with a list.

For many that’s not a big deal but for me it was. I’ve always wanted to make a shopping list but AMI prefers to remember what we don’t have at home by heart. So, we normally take our car and without looking in the fridge go food shopping based on the assumption that we need milk, veggies, fruits and few other things. In the end we come home with extra things that we don’t really need because we have them already or we never eat them until the next shopping trip.

I’m frugal when it comes to clothes shopping and my husband it comes to buying cars – you should see our $1250 {Canadian Dollar (CD)} old car. Though he’s frugal he has never set a goal with his frugality. This changed last week, when he decided to buy a family car and during his search he found a blog of somebody who managed to retire by the age of fifty due to his frugal living. My husband was inspired. Now, his challenge for February is to save as much money as he can.

Two days ago we sat in our living room floor and, as AOI was playing with her toys, we made a list of things we wanted to achieve each month as a family. I have my personal goals and he has his but we want to achieve family goals. So we thought how perfect to challenge ourselves to be frugal, thus Frugal Living February Challenge became our first goal/challenge.

Our weekly food shopping allowance is $115 {CD}. This will help us be conscious about what we put in our trolley at the supermarket, and hopefully we won’t waste money on unnecessary items.

Also we won’t do takeaways, buy Tim Horton’s doughnuts – I told AMI that if we want doughnut we have to find a nice recipe and make them ourselves. Thus, we also have a food challenge.

So, my husband came back home with all the things on the shopping list and he spent only $90 and for dinner he cooked a delicious fish and chips, a British pub style.

We’ll see how far we go with this challenge.

Question: Do you live a frugal life?

10 comments:

  1. I am frugal in some aspects and spend liberally in other aspects but groceries are definitely an area you can really save! Have you thought about couponing?

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    1. I've never tried couponing, isn't it time consuming?

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  2. That is absolutely awesome! Our weekly grocery list often averages $70/week and I try to make sure we stick to it.

    Looking forward to reading your updates.

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    1. Yeah...I am extremely frugal with groceries and stuff I can make on my own...if it isn't on our grocery list, we determine if it's a want versus a need. We only allow one want within reason. Plus I cook a lot and buy in bulk. A family pack of chicken thighs lasts for 3-meals.
      Groceries doesn't include things like diapers or wipes though which we buy once a month.

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    3. I love your method, I really want us to manage to stick to this challenge

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  3. love this idea...my hubby is more frugal than me. i always want to spend. we are trying to save for a house and to move now so i am trying really really hard. i can probably use less spending money. your car costs how much? oh you are good lady!!!

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    1. I have to think about what is important in life when my husband wants to be frugal with his car purchases

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  4. we meal plan almost every week and it makes such a HUGE difference in our grocery budget! I would always over buy if I never had a list!

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    1. meal plan are on the agenda this month

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