Apparently Momof3 at Working for Financial Freedom was inspired by my family’s success in not eating out for a month. In response, she has started the Reduce a Bill Challenge. This month she is going to line dry her clothes to reduce her electric bill. I think her challenge is a great idea, and I’m going to play along with her!
Unfortunately I can’t line dry clothes right now, because I live in Oregon, the rainy state, and I have absolutely no room indoors to line dry my clothes. Instead I’m going to work on my grocery bill. I’ve been inspired by the posts on bulk buying at I’ve Paid for this Twice Already, and I think I’m going to give stockpiling another try.
In the past I’ve had trouble with bulk buying because of our lack of storage. I think my problem can be solved by doing two things. First, I’m not going to stockpile bulky items like toilet paper and napkins. Instead, I will try to reduce our use of paper products. Obviously that won’t work with toilet paper, but we can reduce our napkin and paper towel usage.
Second, I need a good organizational system for my pantry. I recently asked how to organize a pantry on my other blog, and I received some great ideas in response. I’m going to put a few of them to the test. I may head to the dollar store for some baskets to separate like items, and I think I’ll be on the lookout for inexpensive plastic storage containers, too.
Since I’m not that great at matching coupons with sale items (in other words, I’m too impatient to do it myself), I signed up for a trial of The Grocery Game. The trial is only a dollar for four weeks, so that should be ample time to decide if it works for me. And since I hate driving around town to shop at different stores, I’m going to shop at two stores: My Grocery Game store for the rock-bottom prices and my regular low price grocery store.
So we’ll see how it goes. My goal is to keep the grocery bill under $400 including paper products. It’s going to be difficult, but after not eating out for a month, I feel like I can do anything!
Are you going to participate in the Reduce a Bill Challenge? If so, head over to Working for Financial Freedom and let Momof3 know!
If you haven’t tried The Grocery Game and would like to sign up for the free trial, I would love it if you would put my email address in as a referral! beingfrugal at gmail dot com. If you are already a member of the grocery game, I’d love to hear your experiences!
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