Linda writes…and I think this is something we can all relate to…
I spend $200-$300 a week on food, paper products, cleaning supplies, office, & drug store items. We eat fresh veggies, whole grain products, eggs, meat/chicken/pork or fish daily. 3 meals a day for 2 at home. We’re very health & weight conscious. Fresh food is important. We can’t have a garden.
In looking at typical spending, I now think I’m way over budget.
For example, right now I’m stocked up on bleach, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, and tissues. I have a feeling that I’m over spending on these items because I like a splashless bleach and use the “he” for front loaders – I also prefer liquid Tide because it gets everything so clean – use “he” here also.
As far as other products: I’ve tried all kinds of paper towels, but keep going back to select-a-size Bounty. I clean a lot and this really holds the Windex and cleans my glass surfaces and counter tops fabulously, as well as tougher messes. Yes, I do Windex – but I do buy the large refill – and I do Tilex to keep the soap scum off my tiles in the shower. It really, really works. Scrubbing Bubbles do keep a great bathroom and I use Barkeepers’ Friend to keep my porcelain clean. I’m kind of a neat and clean freak.
I do use the Swifter every day, and that liquid and the pads are a little pricey. But I hand scrub too. Continuing on: toilet paper – I’ve tried tons & my husband and I think Charmin extra strong works best for us and I do like the softness of Puffs tissues.
Huh. I think I’m beginning to see my spending problem. I didn’t really get it until now. I’m picky about what I like.
Grocery shopping is as bad as consumables. I buy the apples I like and the type of asparagus I prefer – same with eggs, liquid creamer, and everything. My husband is really particular about the types of meat I purchase too. No wonder I spend so much.
I mean, I either change what I buy, or pay more for what I want.
Is Linda right?!? What are some things that Linda can do to keep her budget under control while still buying the brands she likes??!??