So hopefully you’ve done everything I mentioned last Monday – made your list, organized your pantry and refrig./freezer. Hopefull you have SOME idea of what you need at the store and if you haven’t gone shopping for it yet, you will.
The next step in our series is to figure out how much it’s going to cost you. This might take some trial and error and several shopping experiences. But try to take note of how much things cost, and eventually you should get to a point where each time you shop it should be around the same amount. (depending on how many coupons you have in a given week, etc.) SO that’s where this step comes in – BUDGET – whatever your total amount is (or approx. amount) that’s your budget for food. So here’s what you do – go to the bank, and withdraw that amount BEFORE you go to the store. Do not use ATM cards, do not use CREDIT CARDS, do not write a check! Just go get the CASH. Why? Because you are going to be LESS tempted to stray from your BUDGETED amount if you cannot afford to add any additional items to your basket at the store! Trust me this truly works! It’s a wonderful habit to get in!
I’m going to leave you with that tip this week, because you are going to need some time to figure out your budget!
Have a great week!