For the record, I LOVE getting your questions. They make me think harder about what I'm doing, why I'm doing it, and if it's really worth it. So never be worried about asking something.
I also had lots of questions about buying from the bulk bins which just happened to be the topic of the newspaper article I wrote this week. You can see it here.
If you had your choice, would you prefer to shop every week or every two weeks?
I've tried shopping every week, every two weeks, and once a month and the one that works best for me is once a week. My first reason is that if I stretch my shopping out then inevitably some unplanned event comes up that I need to prepare food for and I've already spent all my money. Second, if there is more in the house we consume more. We don't pace ourselves and can eat through two weeks of food in one week easily. With the bellyache to prove it. And third, when I shop only once or twice a month I STILL have to make trips to the store to stock back up on milk and produce so I'm at the grocery store even more.
Is there anything that you will splurge on? I know most people have certain items that they feel they HAVE to have. Whats yours?
The list of things that I thought I HAD to have has grown smaller over the years. When we first started our business and our new budget my list had things like bottles of flavored water, $15 bottles of brand name hair gel, Lysol sanitizing wipes, boneless skinless chicken breasts, and huge bags of shredded cheese. I thought I couldn't live without some of that stuff. But now my list has very few "must have" splurges on it. Aussie sprunch spray for my curly hair is a splurge but I can find it at one of my outlet stores marked down to $1.99 which fits into my budget. I'm still not sure if I could live without it. And sometimes if the budget allows I'll by Top Ramen, Mac & cheese or a bag of chips as a treat for the family.
If you've asked a question and you don't see it here don't worry. I've got a file full of questions that I'll be trying to get to in the next few days.