Thursday, January 15, 2009
Knowing when enough is enough.
I use to struggle with going to the grocery store or the mall and seeing the BIG SALE! The jelly would be marked down to $2.00 a jar.....oh that is a steel! I would buy a bunch. Or the chicken was 1.99 lb....should I buy just a few or a bunch cause it is on sale??
These questions can still bug me sometimes. But I have found that sticking to my budget is my top priority. It takes presedence over the "sale." In other words, I buy what I absoloutely need to make all of our dinner meals, lunches, breakfasts for this weak. Once I have all those purchases of necesity made then I see what's left.
Some weeks I don't have much cash left. Then I know that the extra item isn't worth it for me. It least not right now. My budget is more important. I am trusting in the Lord to provide me with a steal on next weeks needed items.
To some this may seem crazy. Poeple who are always out stocking up their pantries are screaming that I am nuts for not grabbing the deals. Yes, the pantry stockers may get a better bang for their buck, but for me I must stick to my budget.
Perhaps when we are debt free I will be able to stick my full $600 a month food budget into one evelope at the beginning of the month and then really hit the sales throughout the month. Then again, perhaps we would be starving the last week, cause I overspent the first week. Who knows??? But for right now it is more important that I stay under $150 a week.
We may have just started this blog, but we have been on the budgeting system for nearly 6 months. It took a good 3-4 to find the right food amount I needed and to learn this ability to forgo the "steal of a deal." I would splurge the first week and stock up on the deals, just to find us have a few days left before pay day and I was out of money and milk.
So now I buy what I must to make our menu work (which is based on the meat sales) then I take another stroll for the few deals I feel I can afford to get. Sometimes I look in my envelope and see only $10.00 left and know I have to pass it on by!
But I have peace with it now. I know peanut butter will be on sale again and this weaks deal was not meant to be mine.