This is just to keep myself accountable.
For January, I focused on simplifying my grocery shopping. Not so much making it easier or having it take less time, but working on saving as much money as I could by joining Grocery Game and sticking to my budget.
While it took me nearly the whole month to get things running smoothly, I am at the point now where I think it is totally doable and I know it will only get easier. Yesterday was the first day that I spent less than 150 dollars for the week ($106.06 for 22 bags of groceries!). Part of it has been the stocking up phase: Picking up items when they are free or dirt cheap, and keeping them in storage. The other part is just really still a learning curve and knowing what is the best deal.
One important lesson I learned is to always take my coupon file with me to the store, even if I'm just running in for milk. Because, my husband might call and tell me we need balsamic vinegar, and I'll be upset to find I had a dollar off coupon for the exact brand I bought that was only $1.12 in the first place! And now, when will we ever need balsamic vinegar again? Probably in 3 years, as that is how long our last bottle lasted us.
All in all, I am happy with what I have done. My pantry and garage shelves are very well stocked, Sophia is drinking less milk and saving us a few bucks there, my fridge isn't empty by Thursday morning and I spent about the same amount of money this month as I usually do without doing the Grocery Game.
Now, simplification in other areas of my life? Not going so well.
I have a lot on my plate in the next couple of months. Aside from all of my normal responsibilities, I was asked to participate with the SUU choir in a world premiere on February 21st. The song is in an African language and is not an easy one. I have added 2 rehearsals a week to my life in preparation for that. I was also asked to sing in a benefit concert on March 8. It will probably be 2 or 3 duets with another singer in town. Most of the pieces we have to choose from are very simple, but there is a Rossini that we'll definitely be doing that is a beast. Of course, on top of all that, I added the Hall of Fame contest on my own volition. I'm happy to report I have 5 layouts totally completed (I adore them), and 2 others in various stages of complete...hopefully tonight those will be finished. Then it's just 2 more and the non layout project. I wish I could show you all what I've done, but it's against the rules to post online until after winners have been notified. I could email you if you're interested. Or you could come over to my house and look. Happy to show anyone who cares. :)
So, my life remains quite busy. Nothing changed there. For February I am going to figure out how to simplify my housework. I've made a few good changes this month, but need more ideas. It is just frustrating to me that I can spend hours cleaning only to have it all destroyed in a single moment when the Tasmanian Devils get home. The simplest thing would be to hire a maid, but that is both out of the question and the budget.
But who cares about all that, my grocery process is simpler! And that was all I asked of myself this month.
Here's to a great February!