As we sat down earlier in the week to make our financial goals for 2010, my husband expressed a desire to return to using the cash envelope system for our groceries. We first started cash envelopes a few years ago as we began Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover. But over time, we fell out of the habit. We didn't go crazy with our grocery spending, but we haven't been as disciplined with our money in this area as we should be. After all we want to be the ones telling our money where it should go!
With cash in hand, we made our usual grocery stops today. Between Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and the State Farmer's Market, we picked up the following:
3 loaves sprouted bread
sourdough bread boule
2pks probiotic cheddar cheese snacks
2 gallons organic whole milk (FREE with coupon at Whole Foods)
1 can Wild Alaskan salmon
1 organic, vegetable broth
1 jar organic peanut butter
1 container organic plain yogurt (starter for homemade yogurt)
1 organic tomato paste
3 cans organic tomato sauce
3 organic green bell peppers
1 bag shredded mozzarella
5lb bag of organic russet potatoes
1/2lb organic Thompson raisins (bulk)
1lb organic popcorn (bulk)
1lb organic yellow split peas (bulk)
1lb organic rolled oats (bulk)
1lb organic long grain, brown rice (bulk)
5lbs organic green lentils (bulk - I'm building a stockpile of dried goods)
2 dozen pastured eggs (local)
2lbs pastured pork sausage (local)
For the first time in a long while, we actually had money leftover! Eighteen dollars which we will carry over into next week.
Cash IS King!
I'd love to hear from you! Do cash envelopes work for you?