I am a Christian, and I practice the season of lent. It is a season of penance, often looked at as a yucky or distasteful thing to give up things you like. I think about it differently. I look at it as a season of love, and love is a work of art. Sometimes I give something up for the sake of love – sometimes I add something extra in. And, it starts tomorrow…
Last summer, I grocery shopped a little differently. Each week, I only bought what we ran out of, or what we needed. I did not buy bulk (other than toilet paper) and I did not stock up on sale items. I did not buy impulse items ~ fyi, as a gluten-free eater, this is hard to do. Companies continue to develop their gluten-free products, so there is almost always something new out. I usually budget about $100/week. When I shopped this way though, I found that I was spending about $30 less/week. Not all the time, but very often.
I love to give ! It is one of my very favorit-est things ever! So, for lent, I am grocery shopping this way (no impulse, no bulk, no stocking up). With the extra $ I save, I am going to give it away to charity. ..I haven’t decided yet which one – I would love to hear about charities you love! Post in the comments please!
And I want to invite you to join me on this grocery challenge!! I will be updating you here on how much I saved. Want to come along??
If you are joining this, please comment below – I want to hear from you. And you can invite your friends by sharing this on Facebook.
~ Savvy Food Mama