This is my favorite cabinet to open because we never have snack stuff, never. Occasionally I buy chips for Derrick's lunch but snack stuff is usually really expensive and I can't every justify buying it over meat, fruits, and veggies, aka the good stuff. The most expensive thing in here were the Doritos at $1.77, everything else was $1 or less.
The lazy susan, which was practically empty pre-ohio.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love my deep freezer. How oh how did I live without it before.
I honestly don't think I have had this much food in my house EVER, haha. Now I rarely buy things without a coupon except for the basics like meat, fresh fruits and veggies. Although I did luck out and buy 3 pineapples that were on sale for $1 each and used a coupon for $1.25 off 2, but that hardly ever happens.
My grocery budget for a normal week is about $40. Most people I tell that to get all big eyed and say "how do you live on that", but when times are tough you really don't have a choice. I used to think there was no way I could create any kind of stockpile on $40 a week but it's totally possible. I did go a little over my budget when I found ground chuck for $1.97/lb which I never ever find at home so I bought 8lbs. Other wise I stayed within budget with all my purchases which made me feel so good. Now I should be able to shop for meat and fresh food without having to purchase a bunch of random items that seem to normally break the budget.
My piece of advice to anyone reading this, START COUPONING! Even if it's just for personal hygiene and toiletries at first. It's the $4 shampoo, $3 bodywash, and $10 razors that seem to break the budget most of the time. Especially when your budget is super tight. When you have $40 and you need shampoo, toilet paper, and a razor all in the same week it can easily take up 1/2 your money. By using coupons and shopping the sales you can eliminate that problem all together and who doesn't like that?