Wanna buy some grapes? Well, for the low low price of $8 you can!
It seriously sucks. I moved from a big city to a small rural town last year for my first post grad job. Most people here make a 3 hour (round trip) journey to the nearest super store instead. As a money saver (SINCE I AM DROWNING IN DEBT), I dont have a car at this time [everyone here thinks I am a little bat-shit crazy for that but thats another conversation piece].
Grocery shopping here has become the bane of my existence. Its always been my one “justified splurge” area. I now spend..wait for it.. ~500 bucks a month. YUP. For one single person. It makes me SO ANGRY. Part of it is because I am failing myself by not having a strict food budget. Ive gotten lazy about it because I rarely eat out and I am “sacrificing” by living in the middle of nowhere. But cutting it down by 100 bucks saves me $1200 a year. I could TRAVEL with that instead!!!!
I cant mindlessly buy food anymore. I didnt have to fret about it before since eating healthy wasn’t as expensive in my hometown. I am pretty sure I am buying the exact same food items. This is going to be my first goal as I am pretty frugal in all other areas of my life (at this time).
- Track grocery spending
- Make a shopping list with planned meals
- Limit my grocery visits to 2x per week (I end up making frequent trips b/c I have to carry my groceries home.. then I forget something.. then get tempted by $10 gluten free cookies and how its okay because I have a real job.. guess this is what they mean by lifestyle inflation)
Wish me luck!