Buy ingredients, rather than prefabricated food items (exceptions: bread, pasta, other things that I can't think of right now).
I was inspired to do this for a few reasons. Firstly, because I just started reading Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping, by Judith Levine, and this is one of her rules. Her project was not, like mine, to pay off debt by becoming financially intelligent, but rather to make a post-modern statement about consumerism. But she wound up saving $8,000 so she must be onto something.
I'm still going to eat up the pre-manufactured things which I already own, obviously, because it's neither frugal not thrifty to throw out pre-packaged pasta sauces, frozen pizzas or french fries. But for future buying purposes, I will no longer buy: potato chips (but rather, potatoes!), packaged cookies (but rather, flour and... whateverelse goes in cookies), and that sort of thing.
Oh, and before I forget, this month's issue of Cosmo advocates going shopping when you have to pee. There was a study that showed that people made smarter financial decisions when they have to pee. Challenge accepted! I will go on a full-bladder shopping trip sometime soon and will report back.
|Maybe I will also make a rule about wearing only heels when grocery shopping.|
I was also partially inspired by The Frugal Girl's post today about How To Save Money on Groceries Without Coupons, which really made a lot of sense to me. One of her rules is "Buy ingredients, not meals," which is what I am going to try to do.
This will take a lot more time, I know. It's quick and easy to buy a box of cookies, but time-consuming to ensure I have all the ingredients, and mix them and bake them and cool them and then eat them (OK, I usually skip the "cool them" part, and start eating once it's in dough form). So... we'll see how this all goes.
I was also partially inspired by Leslie from 27 and Frugal, who posted about Only Buy What You Can Carry. And OK, I already do this due to necessity (i.e. I don't have a driver's license) but it's another good way to keep from spending too much money. Full arms = instant budget.
And OK, it's also based on my sudden affection for Top Chef Canada (go Todd! And Dale! And Connie!), and the whole Top Chef franchise (how is it I have never watched this show before? SO MANY SEASONS TO CATCH UP ON!!). Those guys make cooking with ingredients look fun and yummy.
|Todd is from Nfld and cooks with seal flipper and moose meat. I love him.|
So anyway. We'll see how this goes. Well, I hope? Got to go work on knitting a sparkley hat now, ttfn.