Grocery Store Challenge Update #2
Hey there! I wanted to update (again) on the progress of my family’s grocery challenge update. You can read the details about why we started here and the first update here. It’s a rainy and rather dreary Friday night and I was reflecting about how much we have accomplished with this challenge.
How it’s going…
First, I had to buy more milk. Oh pooh! Since that was an easy fix, I ran up to the local drugstore and bought a couple of gallons. The four gallons for a month (what was I thinking to begin with?) has proven to be seriously lacking. I knew that we needed at least two gallons a week, but only bought about half of what I needed. The good news is that the kiddos have NO idea that the milk was frozen. We’ve only had one instance in which we did not thaw the milk early enough. Did you know that milk will stay icy for two days in the fridge? Hmm, I didn’t know that. The lil’ Cowboy was totally not happy with that notion and it made for a rough night. But we learned from our mistake and My Handyman has been on the frozen milk case since. (Smiling to myself… I couldn’t have planned that better.)
Secondly, I have had absolutely NOT a single craving to go to Wally World. I bought the milk from the drugstore and dog, cat, and chicken feed from the big red animal supply store. I am not stressing as much anymore, either. I only went off the home cooking track once this week. That was due to the sad but true fact that I returned to work this week for a professional development week. I have been exhausted!
Next, I’m running low on cheese sticks, Greek yogurt, and tomato sauce. The good news is that I can make it until next week and make a quick run, hopefully.
Other than that, I’m taking away from this challenge a new and renewed sense of empowerment. I will not be a slave of living paycheck to paycheck, be a creature of habit, or spend my evenings once a week in a crowed grocery store shopping for things that we do not TRULY need! Do you hear that? It sounds like angels singing. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be in control of my life and decide how and when I choose to spend my hard-earned money.
I’d like to encourage those of you who are sitting on the fence to truly give it a try. It is so worth the planning time to sit down and figure it out. It is actually very freeing. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it feels AWESOME not going grocery shopping EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK!
What do you think? Is this something you already do and want to send tips? Or are you just waiting for the right time to start? Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for stopping by,