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31 Days to Save in 2012 – Day 2 – Use Your Resources!

Posted By: terisblog on March, 02 2012

“31 Days to Save in 2012”:
A 31 day crash course to cut food costs big time in 2012!
http://www.TheGroceryGame.com/ saves TIME!

Check your fridge, pantry, freezer, and ask, “What can I make from this?” You’ll use recipes and make meals based on your current resources and whatever is on sale this week.

Watch this video about the concept of Day 1 and Day 2, and how together, they save you $$$ every week:


These first two days have been focused on creating a paradigm shift on how you approach your grocery shopping. The next few days will be more about savings strategies, and answer questions like “why”.

Stay with us! See you on Day 3!

5 minute commitment done!
Now go back and comment (acknowledge that you did your daily reading by leaving a comment on Facebook thread for Day 2, or ask questions, or give your tips or insight on the topic of “using your resources” and how that works with investing here: https://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame

Optional Additional Reading:

A few months ago, somebody saw me with ten boxes of taco shells and laughed, “Making lots of tacos for dinner?” I’ve learned that people just don’t generally think of “investing”. Those taco shells were Safeway brand, which go on sale for 99 cents a box, and the date was good for 6 months. My “boys” enjoy crispy taco meals, Texas style, about once a month or so. One taco meal with a few big college age athletes, admittedly we’ll go through two or three boxes at a time. So I invested in those, and always have ground beef cycling through our freezer.  Then, whenever lettuce, tomatoes and avocados are on good sales, we would have their favorite taco meal. I guess we’ve had 3 or 4 of those taco feeding frenzies, because I only have one box on my shelf. I wait for the next sale to invest again. In the mean time, we will not have those kinds of tacos until I replenish my investment.

As usual, I looked at my Vons list at www.TheGroceryGame.com, and while making my selections, I really only “need” fresh produce. I have plenty of resources to get by on just fresh produce. But….

I’m still “investing” this week, although not a lot, and only on those things that are super great deals. I’m replenishing my resources. I will not be paying full price for anything that goes into my cart!

For investing, I see Kashi Go Lean Cereal at 45% savings. We still have a few boxes of cereal, but I’m going to invest in a few of these, as my family likes them and they have a long shelf life. I’m also going to invest in boneless skinless chicken breasts at half off. I still have a value pack in my freezer, but it’s time to replenish those, as the sale is now, and I know we’ll need more of those in the freezer before the next sale. I haven’t had to pay full price for meat in probably 30 years! I’ll be investing in boxes of herb tea and green tea bags at 62% savings. I’m not out of tea bags, but I’m investing. I’ll also invest in pasta, pasta sauce, tuna, and more. And BTW, I have some of those  in my pantry too, but these are 70-86% off, so I’m investing, keeping my resources replenished at rock bottom prices.

Investing is simply thinking ahead, buying low. Why wait until you’re out and pay full price? You’re going to buy it anyway. Break that vicious cycle!

Use your resources and current sales to make meals this week. AND always continue to invest for future weeks.

And please, don’t ever pay full price for anything!

Now go back and comment (acknowledge that you did your daily reading by leaving a comment on Facebook thread for Day 2, or ask questions, or give your tips or insight on the topic of  ”using your resources” and how that works with investing here: https://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame

Stay with us! See you on Day 3!

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One Response to “31 Days to Save in 2012 – Day 2 – Use Your Resources!”

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    Love the idea of thinking of items we have on hand as resources. Why should we pay full price?

    Love the story on ten boxes of taco shells. With big college age athletes it must be invest in your resources, or go broke.

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