Happy 4th of July to all of the US ladies! I feel like celebrating with you as I think celebrating our countries and freedom is a really important thing.
My Vicky Challenge went quite well last week.
I made all lunches plus the fishing day food which saves $150 all up.
I did a lot of cooking! The weather was so cold and I had room in the freezer since cleaning it out. Once again I checked what the stores charge for things and worked out my costs versus retail price. I enjoy doing this as it shows how much money is saved making your own food! It is huge!
This included 36 muffins plus 12 king sized ones.
36 sausage rolls. (large)
12 jam tarts.
A huge pot of spaghetti sauce.
Loads of it went into the freezer. Very happy with that.
I had glasses repaired for free so that was a bonus.
And the usual things, cooking all meals, no takeaway, using the heater as little as possible etc.
I wrote $555 into my savings book to finish off the month of June. I love to see these amounts and my weekly tally plus monthly tally adding up! It's still surprising to me and one of the best experiments ever (thanks Vicky!)
And now for July!
My savings tip of the week is not a new one. It is to remind everyone to keep a stockpile, keep your ear to the ground and be aware. Several weeks ago I read about an egg shortage. I checked the story out and it was true. However we seemed fine and some states were experiencing it. But I got ahead on eggs and tried to keep ahead. With all my cooking I was getting low and went to stock up.
And this is what I found...
The few left were $7.80 per dozen.
In the last few months I have found many supermarket shelves that look like this! It has been in waves, chicken at one time, then lamb, then lettuce, whole areas of things like toilet paper and paper towel. At times I found it a real shock to find several areas like this.
Last week I wanted to make soup but all the veggies were so expensive I refused to buy them. I thought I will wait another week.
We don't have warming all of the time but an early warning can be very helpful! I had a couple of weeks warning on the eggs at least.
We take the shelves being full for granted! I have never really found empty shelves until this year. It is a reminder of how fast things go if there is a shortage or something goes wrong in the supply chain.
What is on the shelves is all there is. There is no "out the back" that is a thing of the past.
I have said this before... the 12 boxes of candles on the shelf are all there is! If there is a sudden need for something only the first few customers will get it, there are no more than the few on display. This is why getting ahead is so important.
If we are not ahead we also have to pay the ridiculous new price! We are really at the mercy of what ever price they set.
Later today I will be shopping so it will be interesting to see what the shelves are like and check out the egg situation!
How did you save last week through your work and efforts?
I hope this will be a good week for us all! xxx