I've also been reading my Tightwad Gazettes. I have book 1 and 2, and discovered there is a book 3 as well. Instead of buying The Complete Tightwad Gazette, I think I'll spend $0.01 plus $3.99 shipping for just book 3. So, I'm motivated to see --how low we can go-- within reason. For example, I won't drink dry milk, nor can I do legumes (beans and such). I know legumes are cheap, but I can't do the texture.
So, what did we spend... prepare yourself, its not pretty.
Sept 2011 -- $214.67
Oct 2011 -- $373.65
Nov 2011 -- $335.33
(no Dec 2011 numbers)
Jan 2012 -- $475.62 (ouch!)
Feb 2012 -- $323.90
Mar 2012 -- $344.05
Apr 2012 -- $772.65 (includes $410.13 for the quarter of a cow)
That averages out to $405.69 a month. Take out the cow... $347.11 a month.
I'd like to average less.
On the plus side, the quarter of a cow ended up being a tad over 118 lbs (estimated), so it came out to a tad less than $3.50/lb. Yes, I aim to spend less than $3.00/lb for meat, but we did get some really nice cuts which I would normally never buy.
So, here's my plan. I'm starting up my price book again. I will figure out the cheapest place to get the various items I buy. Then, I can really *know* when a sale is a good price.
And off I go to figure out some unit pricing on items I buy often.
And for pure enjoyment --
|Post stir fry|