If you know me well you know I'm cheap. I hate paying full price for anything. My cars are always previously owned, my houses are always fixer uppers and my clothes are from Nordys rack clearance or thrift shop finds.
If you know me well you also know that I am competitive. About a year and a half ago my cheap side and my competitive side collided when my sister and I decided to see who could save the most money on their grocery trips.
It was friendly competition so we passed on tricks and tips that we picked up from friends and books and online. We compared lists before shopping and bragged over our receipts after shoppping. We limited our shopping to once a week at only one store.
Within weeks I had cut my bill by more than half and so had my sister. Another couple weeks I got it down to $50 a week, my sister was down to $40. I cut my grocery list preparation and coupon cutting time to 30 minutes week and my shopping trips to 45 mins. She cut hers more. I couldn't beat her (though technically she is feeding fewer, smaller mouths)
After supposedly losing to my sister now I realize that saving money is a lot like swimming or running: beating your own personal best is more important than besting your opponent. I've been spending $50 a week on groceries for over a year now. I still shop once a week at only one store and spend a small amount of time planning. My freezers are stuffed full and my pantry is over flowing. I Win!
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