I'm sure you already knew that but I could have shouted that very statement from the rooftops today!!
Let me set the scene:
I'm 2 weeks behind on my monthly grocery shop, for various reasons. Sick Hubby, sick daughter, snow/bad roads= no school, this that and the other is all why I didn't make it to to the shopping when I was supposed to.
Add in quick frantic unplanned stops here and there to pick up this or that and you guessed it I've completely blown my budget but and here's the kicker: The Cupboards are pretty much bare.
So I take a look at my cash flow, and what I have in my account, mentally subtracting gas and tolls for the hubs to get back and forth to work plus a bill I know is due etc and yep you guessed it, I am sweating bullets. Trying to figure out how to get the groceries with out depleting the bank account.. Yep I am stressing.
Here's what I did:
I got the sales ads and went over them with a fine tooth comb, maybe even ultra fine tooth comb. Then I looked over my coupons, made a menu, made a list, pared it down, set it down and walked away, came back, looked it over and pared down again and finally came up with a workable menu that everyone will enjoy and that I hope will NOT completely deplete the bank account and I set off this morning with my skimpy list, my fist full of coupons and my sales ads.
First store was Walmart, I get what I can get thats on my list and I head to check out, the total was WAY less than I imagined and I am feeling pretty good, I hand the cashier my coupons and 11.00 comes off plus I had some ad matches and BOOM, I am cheezin!!! I am so happy with my total!! But I am still not done, next store was Martin's where I get my meats and well they aren't exactly budget friendly, well at least not my budget but then again meat is pricey no matter what your budget, I mean.. right???
So I get to the second store with just a hand full of items to buy, feeling pretty good about saving pretty good at the last store. I get to the meat dept and OMG its like they were having a special sale JUST FOR ME!! I was able to buy all the remaining items on my list and then some and then some more everything I needed was on sale and I never saw those items in the sales flyer, I was completely amazed and giddy picking up those deals and still only managed to pay 107.46 Originally my total was 186.56 and after my coupons and loyalty card it came down 79.10!!!! Instead of buying just a couple meats and making them into rubber meals- you know the ones that SSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTRRRRREEEEEETTTTTTTCCCCCHHHHHH.
I was able to buy all the meat I needed PLUS some extra for the freezer!! It was amazing!! I am on a grocery shopping high!!!!
I give all the glory to GOD!!! I did the leg work and searched the sales, did the matches, clipped the coupons but GOD gave me the gift to do these things, I stressed so much on being able to afford enough groceries to get us through until dh gets paid again and still have gas and toll money, I can't tell you how much I stressed. It just goes to prove that GOD knows our hearts, he knew I was stressed and I should have known that he had everything under control!!! Shame on me for worrying in the first place!!! I feel so blessed!!!