Thrifty Groceries for the Hard-To-Convert
Spencer is slowly coming to respect my frugal prowess.
My “thriftiness” has previously been a joke between the two of us. But he’s coming around. He likes his clothes line dried and says he prefers my homemade biscuits to Pillsbury. (SCORE!) And lately, the money has been talking.
Like when I paid $2,200 on my car loan last year while on an income of $12,000.
Or when I spent $80 on groceries to feed both of us for three weeks over Christmas break and served scrumptious meals every night.
Not to brag or anything… (wink!)
I truly believe that I will continue to be frugal, even as I graduate and get a “real job” and Spencer turns out as a journeyman electrician. Most of this is because I have the good fortune to love oatmeal, thrift shopping, and being creative with what I have. So when Spencer left his debit card at home and told me to buy two weeks of groceries I was PSYCHED!
Now, the outsider looking in would think that Spencer is a lazy, using, piece of crap boyfriend who is taking advantage of me. But you all have read my blog enough to know that this is the ultimate compliment coming from the sweetest guy in the world.
I dutifully prepared a two-week menu complete with snacks and recipes, incorporating sale items and keeping it quick. Spencer does not love cooking.
This was a new challenge for me, the girl who eats split pea soup for six meals straight, with the exception of oatmeal for breakfast. Rice and dried beans are staples in my cupboard. Spencer, not so much. The sale items I used for him included condensed tomato soup, sliced ham, apples, Tuna Helper, and (gasp!) frozen pizza.
And, $105.00 later, I was feeling the burn of all of that convenience food.
Is this still thrifty grocery shopping?
Technically, no. According to the USDA a 22-year-old male should spend $166.30 on the Thrifty Plan. However, it is well within the Low Cost guideline of $214.50. And it is much better than Spencer’s previous average of about $75 each week.
How do you keep grocery costs down with very little cooking and a lot of convenience food?
Here’s what I do for the Single Spenc.
- Splurge on the baby carrots. He will not peel his own, and they will rot in the fridge. These are also one of the only raw veggies he likes.
- Stock up on yogurt when it’s on sale. Buy enough to last until the expiration date.
- Stock up on lunch meat when it’s on sale. I buy 5 lbs at a time, have it packaged in 1 lbs, and freeze.
- Buy the Cheerios. He doesn’t like the generics, and they’re cheaper than other snack food.
- Don’t give in to Snack Packs: he’s fully capable of instant pudding.
- Encourage leftovers for lunch.
- Skip soda. Give him a water bottle and he’ll drink much more.
- Buy seasonal vegetables.
- (Have him) Separate chips and crackers into single servings- it discourages mindless snacking
- Cook him great food when I’m home so he looks forward to homemade meals instead of pre-packaged expensivity.
Any attempt at frugality is an attempt in the right direction.
What about you?
Who in your life is slow to accept your frugal demands suggestions?
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